Home Page of Colts Cricket Club Colts team members ==================================================

Captain Ranesh Peiris

Straight bat and medium pace bowler
A technically sound batsman who provides stability to the lower order. Recently, he has started opening the innings. Capable of changing the style of his batting as per the needs of the situation. As a bowler, he generates decent pace in spite of his 3 step run-up. Moves the ball both ways and generates good bounce. As a captain, he works tirelessly towrads the functioning of the club off the field and leads the team very systematically on the field. A fatherly figure to most Colts members.

Vice-captain Ashwin Rao

Sheet-anchor batsman and wicketkeeper
A cautious and patient batsman who likes to build his innings picking singles. Since the season of 1995 (when he joined Colts), he has scored more than 1000 runs at an average of 35 hitting 2 centuries and 8 fifties. SCCA awarded him with the best wicket-keeper trophy for the season of 1997.


Arvin Varma

Medium pace out-swing bowler and aggressive batsman
With his smooth run-up and action, he's a delight to watch while bowling. Has picked up 40 wickets in the last two seasons. Bats in the lower middle order and loves to play his strokes on both sides of the wicket. One of the best fielders in the team, he was awarded the best fielder trophy by the SCCA in 1996.

Atul Raj

Aggressive opening batsman and occassional off-break bowler
Plays the new ball very well and has an abundance of strokes at his disposal. Can be very dangerous when he gets going. Has scored 2 fifties for Colts in the league since the season of 1996. Exhorts his team-mates to play percentage cricket (dosent explain what he means by it though!).


Stylish, aggressive left-handed batsman and in-cutting pace bowler. Scored 203 runs at an amazing average of 50.75 with a swashbuckling knock of 77 against Anaheim II in the 1996 season. Has now moved to San Jose. ==================================================

Dean Jayasinghe

Attacking opening batsman and an amazingly agile fielder. Scored a quickfire century against Caribbean II during the 1996 season and was awarded a trophy by the SCCA for his efforts.

Venkatesh Panchapagesan

Stylish attacking batsman and occassional pace bowler
Possesses amazing footwork, it's a treat to watch him bat. Even though he hasn't played too many games for Colts since he is busy with his Ph.D, he has scored 3 fifties in the league since 1995, each scored off fewer number of balls.

Venkatesh Kulkarni

Fluent stroke-playing batsman.
Played for half the season in 1996 and displayed his natural talent at batting very soon. Gets going from the moment he steps in to bat. Has delightful strokes at his disposal all around the wicket. On the field, he has a powerful throw. Missed the season of 1997 as he had to leave for India but is back now for the season of 1998.

Priyan Pathirane

Useful middle-order batsman and occassional slow-medium bowler. Comes up with those crucial innings that win matches. Now moved to San Jose.

Swaminathan Krishnan

Medium pace in-swinging bowler and useful lower order batsman. Produces prodigious swing. Foxes batsmen with indipping full-tosses and a hip-swinging bowling action. Fielding is not one of his strengths though. So is his singing. Picked up 31 wickets at an unbelievable average of 5.40 during the 1996 season topping the averges in the 3rd division and winning a trophy for his performance. Claimed a hattrick against British and Dominion and won another trophy for it. Also had three 5 wicket scalps during the 1996 season.

Mervyn Fernando

Steady slow seam bowler. Specializes in "Initiation rites" for new team members. Has an amazing variety of balls that will leave the batsman guessing. Has picked up more than 50 wickets in the last two seasons.

Aravindan Wijechandran

[L to R]: Ranesh, Rekha, Aravindan Wijechandran
Leg-spin bowler and occassional opening batsman
Foxes batsmen with his gently looping flight. Topped the 2nd division bowling averages in the 1995 season with 32 wickets and followed it up with 27 wickets in the 1996 season in the 3rd division. Averaged under 10 runs/wicket in the 1997 season and won a trophy from the SCCA for a hat trick he took. ==================================================

Dr. Cyril Ernest

[L to R]: Ranesh, Dr. Cyril Ernest, Aravindan Wijechandran
Vicious off-spinning bowler. A highly accomplished cricketer. Represented Sri Lanka in the late 60's!!

Shivanand Bhajekar

Medium pace leg-cutter bowler and occassional opening batsman

Puneet Sharma

Medium pace bowler and middle order batsman. Introduced the "bole ke bum.." chant to Colts which has since then become the de-facto war chant of the team.

Noelle Vanlenberg

Attacking opening batsman

Atif Ahmad

Steady opening batsman

Dr. Lareef Idroos

Fluent and stylish middle order batsman and leg-spin bowler
Played for the Sri Lankan national team in the 1970s and is still fit to play a good level of cricket at his age. An extremely calm and composed batsman who strokes the ball with a fluid motion of the bat and displays excellent timing in his strokes. As a bowler, he extracts huge amount of turn in his leg-spinners and was one of the best bowlers in the season of 1997. A sharp slip fielder who puts to shame the younger guys in the field.

Rajagopal Sundararaman

Steady middle-order batsman
Bats in the lower middle order and steadies the batting when the team is in a crisis. A level-headed batsman who is tough to dismiss. Can roll his arm too if needed and gives his best on the field. He was the most consistent Colts batsman in the season of 1997.

Ryan Jayatileke

Steady middle-order batsman
This well-built, young man is a technically correct solid middle-order batsman. Plays with a straight bat and packs a lot of punch in his strokes. Being a natural athlete, he's a brilliant fielder who moves well and has a powerful throw.
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