Dananjaya De Silva scored his maiden test century today at SSC during the 3rd test against Australia. Sri Lanka was struggling with 26 for 5 when he joined his senior team mate Dinesh Chandimal and kept Sri Lanka at a respectable total of 214/5 at the end of 1st days play. Dananjaya was unbeaten 116 with Chandimal not out 64. It was a day on which Dananjaya De Silva in his third Test, led the recovery with a brilliant maiden century and a day that ended with Sri Lanka in command.
Dananjaya De Silva became the fourth Richmond player to win a test cap when he made his debut at Pallekele during the first Test Match against Australia. Dananjaya was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with his 24 runs in the Sri Lanka first innings who were bowled out for 117. He scored another valuable 36 in the second innings and took his first test wicket during the crucial time when Australia were batting 161 for 8 trying to save the game.
He , as a cricketer has earned much credits to his career since he played for the college under 15 team.While playing his first match for the college first eleven team, he scored a century and so far in the history of Richmond Cricket there are five who could do so.The other four are Dudley Dias , Zayan Salie, Udesh Wijesuriya and Kusal Prabodha.
Dananjaya has earned the credit of scoring the most number of centuries for Richmond. Scoring 8 centuries in two cricket seasons , four in each,is one among his brilliant performances.He has made his highest score of 198 vs St Aloysius College and his best bowling performance was 8 for 40 Vs Lumbini Vidyalaya. Dananjaya is the first Richmond Player who has represented all levels as Sri Lanka School team, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka T 20 and Sri Lanka test. All other test players produced by Richmond, Champaka Ramanayake, Chamila Suranga and Suranga Lakmal are opening Bowlers but Dananjaya is first batsman play test cricket. He became the best batsman in last T 20 series and the best all rounder in the last 4 day series.
Dear Dananjaya, We are very happy and proud of you. You are the first Richmond Cricketer to score a test century. The century you have scored is against the number one cricketing nation in the world and it was scored in very tough conditions when Sri Lanka was struggling. Entire Richmond Community wish you all the very best in your future career as a cricketer at national level.
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With the intention of promoting the dedication and commitment of Richmond Staff in accomplishing the targets of teaching learning processes of the college , a special capacity development programme was launched on last 4th and 5th at the Nilwala National College of Education. This programme which was totally guided and monitored by the college principal, Mr Sampath Weragoda , consisted of a number of useful programmes targeted at the said theme. The programme was started with the marvelous aesthetic programme conducted by Mr Sudath Samarasinghe , the Deputy Director General of National Institute of Education . The theme of his lecture was how music and aesthetics can be utilized for the moral development and a creative process of teaching. Next in the workshop was the activity based training given to teachers for planning a question paper of better standard and it was conducted by Mr Sanath Poojitha ,the Deputy Director General of Education at National Institute of Education. It, undoubtedly was of immense use for all participants in overcoming the obstacles and problems so far they were facing in the particular field.
“Sahodarathwaye Sendewa” ( The Evening of the Brotherhood ), the entertainment programme which brought out the hidden talents of the participants in aesthetics,was a memorable one and it was subject to appreciation of all who witnessed it.
The whole morning session of the second day had been allocated for sports activities and all participants had a gala actively participating in all events.
The special lecture delivered by Mr B.Sooriarachchi, the former Principal of the college was of immeasurable value as it was totally focused on how the renowned Richmond identity should be bestowed to the younger generation.
This praise worthy training progarm cum workshop was solely sponsored by the Welfare Sub Committee of Richmond Old Boys Association .Special thanks should be conveyed to the Richmond Old Boys Association, the Welfare Sub Committee of the OBA and Mr Sedara Senerath , President of Nilwala National College of Education for his tremendous co operation given in the venture. Mr Sunil Dahanayake ,the Secretary of the College OBA, Mr B. Sooriarachchi the former principal of Richmond College and Mr Sampath Weragoda the principal of the College took part in the closing ceremony of the programme .
Former Richmond captain and SL youth under 19 captain Charith Asalanka led Sri Lanka to 108 run win against England U19 team in their first ODI at Wormsley on 10th August. Charith top scorer with 70 runs took 2 wickets. His fellow team mate Wanidu Hasaranga scored 37 runs and also took 2 wickets. Sri Lanka team scored 257/7 in their 50 overs and bowled out England team for 149 runs in 40.3 overs.
In the picture: Charith receiving the trophy after winning the Test Series. Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC)
Richmond College beat Dharmasoka College 3-0 and won The under 15 All Island Super A Division Badminton Championship. Tournament was held at Kurunegala Welagedara Stadium.