St. Johnís favourites yet again
101st ĎBattle of the Northí
by Reemus Fernando
St. Johnís College, who are ahead
in the 100-year-old Jaffna ĎBig Matchí, yet again go out
favourites when they field a formidable side against Central
College - who have been striving hard to record a victory this
season - when the two teams meet in the 101st ĎBattle of the
Northí big match at Central College Grounds from March 15-17.
Having recorded one victory and remaining unbeaten in the other
four matches they played this season, St. Johnís College have
groomed up well to encounter their old rivals with confidence in
the 101st encounter which will be played as a low key affair due
to security reasons.
When St. Johnís take the field under the captaincy of P.
Neshavarman they have several experienced batsmen who have
accumulated over 200 runs in five matches and a second year
player who has amassed two centuries and two half tons in four
matches to brace their batting line up.
Third year player and wicket keeper batsman Neshavarman, who has
scored a century and a half ton during their five match season,
deputy skipper T. Kirushanth with a half ton scored against St.
Patrickís College and second year player M. Haripraveen,
steeling the limelight with two tons and two half centuries,
could easily be the top scorers for St. Johnís in the annual
encounter that will last for three days.
Right arm medium pacer A. Akshayan, who has bagged over 20
wickets this season could easily be their pick of the bowlers.
Meanwhile, Central College under the captaincy of Ebraham Prasad
have encountered misfortunes during the five match season. While
all their matches have ended in draws, their chief scorer for
the season has been the skipper. A top score of 62 runs by
Ebraham Prasad against Skandavarodaya College Chunnakam is the
highest score by a Central College cricketer this season. Though
that stands at odds with the huge scores amassed by their
counterparts, history has proved that the youngsters of Central
College have struck form in the annual big match, when it all
matters to them.
While their batting revolves around skipper Ebraham they will
rely on quick bowlers Naganadan Mathippriyan and Jeganathan
Viyasan to deliver the goods, when itís fielding time.
Though St. Johnís College leads the victory tally in the series
33-22, the annual encounter has been closely contested during
the last few years. While Central College recorded their last
victory in 2002, St. Johnís College were the last to win the big
match. St. Johnís won in 2004.
Central College: J.R. Ebraham Prasad (Captain), Jeyanandan Dilan
(Vice Captain), Don Bosco Sudharshan, Navanratnalingam Navaneeth,
Kulendram Shelton, Baskaran Dahjan, Jeganathan Viyasan,
Naganadan Mathippriyan, Wensaslos Christy Jhonson, Jajathurai
Vinod Kumar, S. James Janson, Joseph Rajaratnam Nidharshan, Ravi
Vooshanan, Murugayiah Stephan Raj
St. Johnís College: P. Neshavarman (Captain), T. Kirushanth
(Vice Captain), A. Akshayan, V. Ragulan, K. Janushan, P. Dinesh,
V Pranavan, M. Haripraveen, V. Ben Vinothan, E. Larushan, K.
Atchuthan, E. Thavaneethan, R. Hajeepan, V. Harivathanan, A.
Central College won 22
St, Johnís College won 33
Results not available 7
1996 Not played 1
344 by Central College in 1992
326 for 6 by St. Johnís College in 1999
Highest individual score
145 by Suren Kumar of St. Johnís College in 1990
143 by E. Ragudan of Central College in 1992
9 for 33 by E. D. Devanayagam of St. Johnís in 1950
8 for 22 by A. B. Segerajasingham of Central in 1960