The 100th ‘Battle of the Lovers’ centenary
cricket encounter between Richmond College and Mahinda College,
Galle has been postponed due to the tsunami disaster. Fresh
dates are yet to be decided upon, said the two college
principals W.N.R.P Daniyas (Richmond) and Susil Premanath (Mahinda).
Earlier, the match scheduled to played from March 10 to 12, (the
first time it was to be played over three days).
When ‘The Island’ contacted the Principals
yesterday,the newly appointed Mahinda Principal, Susil Premanath
said, "we have received a circular from the Ministry of
Education, to desist from playing the match in a carnival
atmosphere." The Joint Old Boy’s Committee will meet and decide
on the new dates.
The first ‘Battle of the Lovers’ was staged
in 1905. Richmond and Mahinda College continue with their inter
school matches subsequent to the tsumani disaster, with all
matches being played outside Galle.