Articles for the Month of August 2016

Danajaya De Silva scores maiden test century

danacenturyDananjaya 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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Teacher Capacity Development Programme 2016

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 .

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It’s Charith again- U19 youth ODI vs England U19

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)