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Cricketer of the week:Tyron helps Richmond create cricket history

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He has emerged as the main strike bowler of the team within a short period of time and has been the architect of most of their outright victories recorded in the current inter-school cricket season.Last week it turned out to be another fantastic outing for Andawatta Kankanam Vithalage Tyron better known as A. K. Tyron who spearheaded Richmond College Galle to their eighth outright victory this season.

The dynamic right-arm off-spinner and vice captain of the team was in tremendous form as he completed fifty wickets for the current season and also guided his school to an innings victory over Revata MMV Balapitiya.   In the process he also delivered one of the most destructive spells in First XI Cricket to return magnificent bowling figures of seven wickets for just nine runs in the first innings of the match.

“I think this is one of my best ever performances in First XI Cricket not because of my ten-wicket haul but it also helped the team to register the eighth outright victory for the current season.”“I got into a good rhythm from the very first over of the innings and simply concentrated in bowling to my strength which has been the key to my success throughout the season,” said the third year coloursman. Even then his performance in the first innings was something extraordinary and unique as he destroyed the Revata MMV batting virtually single handedly before adding the finishing touches with three wickets in the second innings.  

“The seven-wicket haul in the first innings of this match is something special for me and I will always remember this performance because I conceded only nine runs and sent down more than ten maiden overs.“I of course missed out the opportunity of claiming a hat-trick midway in this spell but anyway I should compliment my entire team specially skipper Hasitha Madushan and wicketkeeper Sithara Gimhana for their support.  “I am very grateful to skipper Hasitha Madushan who has held on to some marvelous catches at first slip and wicketkeeper Sithara Gimhana who has never missed out a stumping chance off my bowling.

“In the second innings however I did not have the same success and managed to claim only three wickets as the Revata MMV batsman had studied my bowling and started using their feet to get the runs. “Add to that I also had a couple of close decisions going against me but nevertheless I am very satisfied with the kind of performance specially with the important Big Match coming up shortly.”Even then Tyron still believes that his performance against Ananda College at Ananda Mawatha at the start of the current season was an equally brilliant effort considering the match situation.
“I think my effort against Ananda College is even more significant considering the fact that I was performing away from home and against a quality team on a batting friendly wicket.“I captured six wickets in the first innings and added four more scalps in the second innings with most of my wickets coming through LBW’s as the batsmen always tried to sweep against the straight ball.” Tyron has certainly come a long way since making his First XI debut three years ago and seem to be improving all the time under the guidance of senior coach Dhammika Sudarshana one of the distinguished old boys of Richmond College.
“Last year I ended up by capturing 88 wickets including one ten-wicket haul and eight five-wicket hauls and I believe that I could go beyond that with few more matches to be played before the big match.”Tyron of course came into the limelight as a hard-hitting middle-order batsman when he hammered a sparkling 131 in an inter-school under-17 tournament fixture against St. Aloysius College Galle.In the same tournament he captured 28 wickets after having helped Richmond College to emerge joint champions in the under-15 tournament where he excelled as an all rounder scoring 499 runs and claiming 37 wickets.
He also had the opportunity of representing the Southern Province Under-15 and Under-17 teams in the Provincial tournaments and is currently in the 30 member Under-19 squad which is in preparation for next years Youth World Cup.This season in addition to his two ten-wicket hauls he has also captured five wickets in an innings on four other occasions against Royal College, Royal Panadura, S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda. 

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