Kavinda into record books

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JAMES BRESNEHAN Cricket

WHEN one of your men­tors is the Aus­tralian Test cap­tain, there is ex­tra sat­is­fac­tion in bash­ing a big score. And so it was for Uni­ver­sity’s Sri Lankan bat­ter Nuwan Kavinda, pic­tured, last week­end when he hit a ca­reer-best 203 not out to lead Uni­ver­sity to a mem­o­rable win over New Town in their CTPL match at Uni­ver­sity Oval. Be­fore the cel­e­bra­tions had died down, Kavinda’s Uni club mate Tim Paine had sent him a mes­sage of con­grat­u­la­tions from Bris­bane, where he was lead­ing Aus­tralia to vic­tory in the first Test against Pak­istan. “I’ve only played one game with him but he took me to the nets to help me with my bat­ting tech­nique and ev­ery time I score runs he sends me a mes­sage to say well done, whether he’s play­ing a Test match or not,” Kavinda said. The 27-year-old’s 203 came off 207 de­liv­er­ies and made him only the fourth player in the his­tory of Uni­ver­sity Cricket Club to score a first grade dou­ble cen­tury, along with Jamie Cox (215 not out), Rhett Lock­year (204) and El­dine Bap­tiste (200 not out). Kavinda wanted to go big, but only dreamt of reach­ing 200. “Prior to this my top score was 199 for East Box Hill — I’d never scored a dou­ble ton,” he said. “That (199) was a good in­nings too but I couldn’t rate it bet­ter than scor­ing over 200. “I just wanted to get to 100 and then ac­cel­er­ate. It was one of those days when ev­ery­thing went right and I just wanted to bat and bat and bat. I wanted to keep go­ing but they wanted to de­clare to put them back in again.” Fifth on the CTPL lad­der, Uni takes on third-placed King­bor­ough at the Twin Ovals in a two-day round seven clash start­ing to­day. North Ho­bart is at home to Greater North­ern at the TCA, South Ho­bart-Sandy Bay hosts Glenorchy at Queen­bor­ough, while New Town, Clarence and Lind­is­farne have a bye.

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