No clear favourties as Cambrians meet St. Sebastian's


by Reemus Fernando

There will be no clear favourites when St. Sebastian's meet Prince of Wales in the annual Battle of the Golds Big Match today and tomorrow at the De Soysa ground, Moratuwa.

Despite fielding some leading cricketers of the schools cricket arena, both teams struggled for survival during the Under-19 cricket season and their bowling units did not have the vigour to pose serious threats to their opponents the way they traditionally do.

On this back drop, both teams will hope to see their key players strike form during the annual Big Match.

With some of the experienced players not living up to the mark the Cambrians have decided to offer 14-year-old left arm spinner Ravindu Janith the Big Match cap even before he has played a First XI match. The fresher will join former Sri Lanka Under-19 spinner Thilan Nimesh to strengthen the spin attack. The youngster has been included in the team after he did well in the Mini Battle. Nimesh, who has returned to form as of late with his left arm spinners, will be the player to watch in the bowling department of the Cambrian camp. Nimesh has picked up over 60 wickets with the majority of them coming during the latter part of the season.

Hasitha Lanka and Ramesha Soysa will lead their new ball attack while Savindu Peiris will join Nimesh as the off-spinner.

Cambrian skipper Jayanga Peiris will rely on Hasitha Lanka (over 800 runs), Vihanga Weerakkody and Sandun Soysa to play lead roles in the batting department.

Avishka Fernando is the batsman to watch in the Big Match as he strengthens the line up of the Visal Senanayake led St. Sebastian's.

The Sri Lanka Under-19 player achieved the rare feat of scoring 1000 runs for the season and will join Muditha Fernando and Senanayake to make Sebs batting strong.

The Sebs bowling is spearheaded by Kusal Lakthilina, while Shashika Fernando and Premesh Fernando control spin.

St. Sebastian's played 17 matches this season. They conceded an outright defeat to St. Sylvester's but could not record a single outright victory.

Prince of Wales meanwhile played 15 matches and lost to Royal College, Colombo and Moratu Vidyalaya. Their only victory was recorded against Dharmapala College.


St. Sebastian's (from): Visal Senanayake (Captain), Muditha Fernando, Premesh Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Sandaruwan Fernando, Viraj Perera, Shashika Fernando, Ashar Warnakulasuriya, Mishen Silva, Praveen Perera, Nimesh Bandara, Kusal Lakthilina, Lahiru Heshan.

Prince of Wales (from): Jayanga Peiris (Captain), Thilan Nimesh, Hasitha Lanka, Vihanga Weerakkody, Hasindu Chamika, Dilanka Maduranga, Sandun Soysa, Vishwa Chathuranga, Ramesha Soysa, Savindu Peiris, Ravindu Janith, Aloka Fernando.

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