Bit of History

The fact that cricket at Prince of Wales College is over a century old is a little known fact. They debuted in the schools cricket arena under the guidance of G.C Mendis in 1896 with J.G Fernando as the first skipper. They played their first three games against Royal, Wesley and S. Thomas’ respectively, all three ending in defeats. But this did not deter this proud institution from becoming a prominent nursery for many future national cricketers.

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In the early 1900’s Prince of Wales’ produced the likes of H.L. De Silva, M.J. Fernando, G.P. De Silva, W.O. De Silva, with O.L.F. Senarathne being the first Cambrian to represent the then Ceylon team in 1926. In the Post War era Cambrians have nurtured some of the greats in Granville de Silva, Amal Silva, D.S. de Silva, Chaminda Mendis, Hasantha Fernando and Darshana Gamage. Current Sri Lanka player Lahiru Thirimanna is also a proud product of Prince of Wales.

Season so far

Prince of Wales have had a fairly decent season this year with two outright wins already under their belt  and have not lost any games by innings. They have managed to impose massive first innings totals of 419 & 324 against the much fancied Isipathana and Royal teams respectively.

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Key Players

With Thilan Nimesh, Prince of Wales captain for the 2015/16 season selected for the Sri Lanka U-19 team and missing out on the majority of the school season, it was important that the rest of the team stepped up their game so Thilan’s absence would not affect the team performance. Thilan will be eager to make amends for his absence and be an impact player of note at the annual encounter.

Teams Vice captain and stand in captain Third year coloursman Vihanga Chathuranga has led from the front being the highest run getter, accumulating 700 runs so far this season. He has been ably assisted by Sadun Soysa (500), Vishwa Chathuranga (462) and Sanoj Dharshika (400) who have contributed with the bat.

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Prince of Wales’ go to bowler has been Savindu Peiris who has already trapped 50 victims this season with his right arm off spin. There has been notable contributions from skipper Thilan with 25 wickets and with Sanjaya Fernando who has managed 15 wickets.

Final say

Prince of Wales who have been bolstered with the return of their captain Thilan from national duty will look to finish off their season on a high by clinching a victory at the annual big match dubbed the Battle of the Gold’s.

Vice-Captain Vihanga Weerakkody

Coach Kushan Jayawickrama