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Rajans get indoor nets and bowling machine
Dharmaraja College clearly dominated the Central Province not only in education but in the sports arena as well. Thanks to the efforts of Dharmaraja College, cricket wing headed by former cricketer Vipula Ranasinghe, a senor city father. Now they are blessed with an indoor net and a bowling machine which was badly needed by the Rajans. It was Ranasinghe who promoted this with his able committee members.
Ranasinghe from the day he took the top spot of this foundation had his sights aimed at providing a bowling machine to the school and his endeavour was achieved with the help of the rest. Ranasinghe was a top class wicketkeeper/batman during his school days, he played in all age groups from under 12 to 19, later played for Old Rajans and Kandy Municipal Council team, his eldest son Sumil also played and now he is playing cricket in Oman and his youngest son Rameesh is in the present team both, like the father, are wicket-keepers and batsmen.

Last Tuesday the indoor nets complex was opened together with the bowling machine. According to Ranasinghe a big hand should go to the parents, old boys, and the donors for giving a helping hand to complete the indoor nets which cost nearly Rs. 1.5 million and the bowling machine came as a gift from former Dharmaraja College cricket captain Chapa Weeraratne a man who helps cricket in a big way.
Dharma raja is one of the oldest Buddhist schools in the country, has produced several top cricketers, some of them who earned a name by representing the country were, TB Kehelgamuwa, the first Rajan to play for the country before test status, he was one of the finest pace bowlers, later he was the Manager of the national team and chairman of Selectors, he was called the Kandyan Express, Sonny Yatawara also played for the country, he too as a fine bowler, in 1967 he bowled out Sir Garfield Sobers for a duck, Chamara Kapugedera is the first Rajan to play for Sri Lanka in Test cricket, Mahinda Pethiyagoda played for the Sri Lanka Schools team,In the recent past Rajans have produced some top class cricketers of national standing and on their way to become an institution of repute in all fields.


 
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