By Cam Lucadou-Wells
A Noble Park North cricket club was grieving for a former teammate’s unthinkable loss in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
In the days since, Sudesh Kolonne has buried his wife Manik Suriaaratchi and 10-year-old daughter Alexandria after they were killed in the suicide blasts in Negombo.
Mr Kolonne had been outside parking the car at Easter mass when St Sebastian’s church exploded and killed scores of worshippers.
He found his mortally wounded daughter and wife on the floor.
In all, eight deadly explosions destroyed hotels, churches and public spaces, killing at least 320 people.
Silverton Cricket Club’s Facebook page is flooded with sympathy for the family.
Cricket club vice-president Dean Jones said it was harrowing to think what Mr Kolonne and his family had been through.
“Everyone is devastated for them.
“He made a big impact on the club with his infectious personality.
“He had a smile that lit up the clubrooms.”
At the time, daughter Alexandria was just two years old. Her death would strike home for any parent, Mr Jones said.
“It’s just so unfair for him and his family.
Mr Jones captain-coached Mr Kolonne in his last two seasons at Silverton in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
“When I was appointed, he was the first person I recruited – for his personality and his talents.”
Now the club is determined to honour and support their beloved teammate.
“We want him to know we are here, to do what’s best to support him and the Sri Lankan community.”
The family had relocated back to Sri Lanka in 2014, where Ms Suriaaratchi operated a successful international business.