Season so far
Persistent rain disrupted many games for Lumbini during the latter parts of 2015. They also had a rather disappointing start to their season when they were outplayed by Mahanama College but they managed come back to annihilate Moratu Vidyalaya by an innings and 10 runs. In all the other games, Lumbini managed to bag first-innings points.
One of the most experienced players in the squad, Mohommad Akram will lead the Lumbini outfit this season. Incidentally he is representing Lumbini College first XI cricket for the 6th consecutive year. The charismatic right-handed middle-order batsman is a treat to watch when he is in full flow. Akram also has a good head on his shoulders, a quality that will be important to Lumbini’s chances of success this season.
By far the best batsman in the side, Thanuka Dabare will be main man to watch out for. The left-handed opener represented the Sri Lanka under 19s in the home series against Pakistan last year but unfortunately he missed out on the World Cup touring party to Bangladesh. Experienced Chamath Fernando will open the batting for Lumbini alongside Thanuka.
Left-arm spinner Devinda Thillakarathne has been in phenomenal form this season and has been their go to bowler. He had a fruitful season last year bagging over 75 wickets.
Vice-captain Janith Dias is also a key component of the Lumbini set up. He adds great value to the side with his all-round abilities. He is a reliable batsman and a handy wicket-taking left-arm spinner.
Ravindu Sanjeewa is a stylish top-order batsman who likes to graft and build innings during critical moments, which could prove to be a big bonus to Lumbini’s plans.
New & Young Players
Wicket-keeper batsman Dushan Fernando is an exciting prospect for Lumbini in the years to come while players such as Isuru Sampath and fast-bowler Randima Lakshan have the capability to be match-winners. Left-arm spinner Kanishka Maduwantha scripted the win over Moratu Vidyalaya a few months ago when his left-arm spin brought him a match bag of 11 wickets.