Cricket first played in Kandy in 1863
It was around 1863 that cricket was first played in the Kandy District and it was mainly in the Knuckles/Rangala areas and Kandy town. Members of the Kandy Dancing, Boating, and Rowing Club also played cricket. It was this club that later became the Kandy Sports Club (KSC) ad has in recent years dominated Sri Lanka rugby.
Until about the World War I (1914-18) Europeans did not permit locals to join their racially exclusive clubs in the country. This was true of KSC as well. However, from the 1920s KSC invited locals to play for the club.
In 1889 Ceylon, as the island was officially known until 1971, played the first unofficial test twelve years after the first England vs. Australia test was played in 1877. The 1889 match was played on the Bogambara grounds.
During the inter-war period several foreign visiting cricket teams including an Indian University team played in Kandy. In addition to Bogambara the other cricket venue was the Trinity College grounds at Asgiriya.
World War II halted most sports activities. After the war ended Kandy physician Dr. V H L Anthoniz who was a passionate cricketer took the lead to revive the game in Kandy. The Central Province Cricket Association was formed in the late 1940s with Dr. Anthoniz as president. He offered the “Dr. V H L Anthoniz Shield” for which clubs in the area including KSC, University Scheme SC, Kandy YMCA, and Kandy YMBA competed. KSC led by Francis Amarasinghe won the first tournament. In 1947 Central Province Cricket Association participated in the Zonal Tournament conducted by the Ceylon Cricket Association.
The Central Province Cricket Association hosted a large number of foreign cricket teams that visited Kandy between 1950 and 1976. These included the Commonwealth Team (1950 and 1951), MCC (1952, 1969, 1973), All India (1956 and 1974), Pakistan (1964 and 1976), Hyderabad Blues (1966), State Bank of India (1967), and Australia (1969). This was the pre-test status era. In a way it was these matches that proved that Sri Lanka was worthy of test status that the country gained in 1981.
Little Chess Master Disara Tennakkon
Disara Tennakoon of Dharmaraja College, Kandy won the Under 6 Kandy District Chess Championship at the tournament that the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka recently held in Kandy.
මහනුවර ධර්මවික්රම බාලිකා විද්යාලයීය වාර්ෂික ක්රීඩා උළෙල
මහනුවර ධර්මවික්රම බාලිකා විද්යාලයීය වාර්ෂික නිවාසාන්තර ක්රීඩා උළෙල පසුගියදා මහනුවර බෝගම්බර ක්රීඩාංගණයේදී පැවැත්විණි. මෙම අවස්ථාවට මධ්යම පළාත් අධ්යාපන අධ්යකෂ ඊ.එම්.ටී.කේ ඒකනායක, මහනුවර කලාප අධ්යාපන අධ්යකෂ එම්.ඩබ්ලිව් විෙජ්රත්න යන මහත්වරුන් ප්රධාන ආරාධිතයන් ලෙස සහභාගී විය.
ක්රීඩා උළෙලේ සමස්ත ශුරතාව ලබා ගත් විශාඛා නිවාසයේ නිවාස නායිකා පී.එස්.කේ. වික්රමනායක සහ ක්රීඩා නායිකා කේ.එම්.ඩබ්ලිව් ශිෂ්යාවන් ජයග්රාහී පලිහ කලාප අධ්යාපන අධ්යකෂ එම්.ඩබ්ලිව් විෙජ්රත්න මහතා අතින් ලබාගත් අයුරු පහත දැක්වේ.