Kavinda into record books
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.