Royal and S. Thomas’ agree to share Mustangs Trophy


By Reemus Fernando

The heads of Royal College and S. Thomas’ College announced at a press conference yesterday that the two schools have agreed to share the Mustangs Trophy which was originally awarded to the Thomians at the conclusion of last week’s Limited Overs Big match, admitting there was a fault associated with the calculation of the revised target.

The last week’s Limited Overs Big Match ended in a fiasco due to uncertainty associated with the calculation of the target, arrived under the Duckworth-Lewis system. A mistake in D/L calculating presented Royal batsmen with a bigger target in the specified overs than that which was subsequently computed to be the actual one.

The two heads of the schools said that the joint organizing committee will take steps to prevent such things happen in the future.

S. Thomas’ College Warden Professor Indra De Soysa admitted that the actual target which would have been roughly eight runs an over would have been difficult, but not an entirely unachievable task and the game could have gone either way. "The fault associated with the mistake in calculation in no way lies with the schools, but with an independent official from the Sri Lanka Cricket who was tasked with the calculation. Given the facts, the officials associated with Thomian cricket together with the players feel that the Royal team has not deserved the loss handed to them because of a faulty technicality," said De Soysa.

Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekera said that the entire Royal fraternity would be unanimous in deeply appreciating this gesture of the Thomians, which has been taken in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

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