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57th ĎBattle of the Goldsí a star-studded show

by Reemus Fernando

Prince of Wales College
Seated from left: Sahan Peiris, Isuru Gunasena, Sumith Fernando (Coach), H.D.A Fernando (PoG), Pishan Hewage (Captain), K. Ratnaweera Perera (Principal), Susantha Mendis (MiC), Gayath Mendis (Vice Captain), Shanka Peiris. Standing from left: Yasith Aravinda Silva, Chaminda Janaka, Dharshana Weerasinghe, Lahiru Sri Lakmal, Rajitha Mendis, Shivantha Kumara, Chamesh Fernando, Marlon Fernando, Yohan Silva, Chamath Kariyawasam, Buddhika Alwis

The cradles of Moratuwa cricket, St. Sebastianís College and Prince of Wales College, who have several national players in their ranks will want to see an end to the long standing draws, when they engage in their 57th ĎBattle of the Glodsí cricket encounter at De Soysa Stadium, today.

St. Sebastianís College

Seated from left: Kanishka Perera (Asst. Coach), Rev. Fr. B.A. Shiran (PoG), Randika Fernando, Sachintha Cooray (Captain), Rev Fr Bonnie Fernandopulle (Rector), Charith Fernando (Vice Captain), Dilhan Cooray, Frank Cooray (MiC), Heshan de Mel (Coach) Standing from left: Anuk de Alwis, Lakmal Fernando, Janitha Jayawardena, Charith Fernando (Jr.), Ayeshan Perera, Miloshan Paul, Trevin Fernando, Gerald Bennett, Sumal Ferdinando, Sanjaya Fernando, Rajitha Mendis, Ramith Fernando

Despite pre-match claims of their winning prospects, both colleges have failed to live up to the expectations of the cricket loving public of Moratuwa who flock to the cricket grounds in their thousands, but have not witnessed a victory since 1977, the year the Cambrianís recorded their last win.

The annual encounter, which has seen several Sri Lankan national cricketers battle it out for their alma maters in their salad days, has once again maintained that reputation as it features several Sri Lankan junior players.

The Cambrians, who are unbeaten this year thanks to a formidable batting line-up will field one of Sri Lankaís future prospects, left hander Rumesh Thirimanna as their chief anchor batsman. Thirimanna, who represented Sri Lanka Under-19 in Malaysia and aggregated over 250 runs with a century against England, has accumulated 625 run in just eight matches for the Cambrians this season. Thirimanna will strengthen the Cambrian batting with fellow coloursmen, Shashan Silva, Marlon Fernando, Chamesh Shanka, Sanka Peiris and skipper Pishan Hewage and his deputy Gayath Mendis, who have scored amply this season.

Meanwhile, St. Sebastianís has a junior national player in Sanjaya Fernando who toured Malaysia with the Sri Lanka Under-19 team this year. While Sanjaya, whose contributions were limited due to national duty, joins their formidable bowling department, they have former Under-19 World Cup player Dilhan Cooray stimulating an already strong batting line up.

Apart from the junior national players, Sachintha Cooray the skipper of St. Sebastianís has half a dozen players who have done well this season. Right hander Trevin Fernando, with a rich aggregate of nearly 800 runs and left handed top order bat Rajitha Mendis, with a tally of over 700 runs and skipper Cooray himself aggregating over 500 runs and Gerald Bennett and Randika Fernando are capable of compiling massive scores.

While spinner Randika Fernando is considered their best spinner (with over 50 wickets this season), they have support spinners in Sachintha Cooray and Janitha Jayawardena and bowling spearhead Charith Fernando. They have shared 90 wickets between them this season.

Skipper Pishan Hewage, who has picked up nearly 40 wickets this season will head the spin department with leg spinner Shiwantha Kumara. The quick bowlers are the consistent Isuru Gunasena and Rajitha Mendis, who have helped Hewage record three victories this season.

Prince of Wales last won in 1977 under Pemlal Fernando

St. Sebastianís last won in 1966 under Sarath Perera

Victory Tally

Played 56 Drawn 48 Prince of Wales Won 6 St. Sebastianís Won 2

Records

Highest Individual Score 179 n.o by Nilantha Bopage of Prince of Wales College in 1991

Highest total by Prince of Wales College 415 for 9 in 1958

Highest total by St. Sebastianís 325 for 4 in 1997

Lowest total 36 all out by St. Sebastianís in 1937

How they fared this season

Prince of Wales 15 Played 3 Won 0 Lost 12 Drawn

St. Sebastianís 17 Played 4 won 1 lost 12 Drawn

 

 

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