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Old 07-03-13, 10:43 AM
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Thomians out to dash Royal hopes

By Dinesh WEERAWANSA at SSC grounds Colombo 07

S.Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia will make every endeavour to spoil the unbeaten record of their traditional rivals Royal College, Colombo in their 134th Battle of the Blues three-day cricket encounter which starts at SSC grounds, Colombo on Thursday.

S.Thomas’ are better known for their fighting qualities which has been evident in the series. Having lost the 2006 encounter, the Thomians came back fighting the following year (2007) under Ashan Peiris to beat the Royalists by an innings. Since then, there have been five consecutive drawn encounters.

The Thomian grit was once again evident when they escaped from the jaws of defeat as Royal came close of winning the 2009 match. But the Thomian second-wicket pair of Fahim Saleem (165) and the captain Ravichandra Niroshan (100) defied the Royal bowling for ten hours and forty four minutes, adding 232 for the second wicket which virtually sealed the chances of a Royal win.

S. Thomas could not excel during early part of their season, though they began the season with an innings win against Mahinda, Galle. But within days, Mahinda's town mates Richmond crushed the Thomians by nine wickets.

Madushan Ravichandrakumar who was the initially appointed captain, was replaced by his deputy Javed Bongso later in the season.

The change of captaincy appears to have helped Thomians to have a different mindset and bounce back. It had a positive effect in the team and since then, the Thomians have now gradually regained their form to be in perfect shape for the big ‘un.

Thought losing to Richmond in the early part of the season, the Thomians have regrouped well to defeat Mahinda and St. John’s College, Jaffna while drawing the remaining matches of the season.

The Thomian batting revolves around skipper Bongso and Thilakshana Sumanisiri who have enjoyed a rich harvest with the willow this season. Bongso, who made a sparkling 97 in last year's Royal-Thomian encounter, has led from front as a true leader to become the most successful Thomian batsman this season, aggregating 739 runs at an average of 41.o5 with two centuries and three fifties. Sumanasiri, meanwhile, has aggregated 629 runs averaging 39.31with one century and four half ‘tons'.

Besides skipper Bongso and Sumanasiri, others who are capable of making lavish contributions towards the Thomian total are Ravichandrakumar (387 runs wit fur half centuries) and Devin Jayasinghe (392 runs with a century and a fifty). Sanesh de Mel, apart from his smart job behind the stumps, has also made a useful contribution aggregating 311 runs with a century and a fifty.

The Thomian bowling will mainly depend on experienced Ravichandrakumar who has captured a total of 55 wickets this season with an average of 15.27 apiece. He has innings analysis of five wickets of more on four occasions.

But the cynosure of all eyes will be young bowling sensation - left-arm leg spinner Ranindu Tillekeratne, son of former Sri Lanka captain and senior national selector Hashan Tillakaratne and popular television presenter Apsari Singhabahu. He has captured 25 wickets with an average of 20.08 apiece, incuding a career best 6 for 38.

Among the other Thomian bowlers who could pose a big threat to Royal batsmen are Thilaksha Sumanasiri (25 wickets), Dewin Jayasinghe (17 wickets) and Ishan Kularathne (16 wickets).

S.Thomas’ has a rich cricket history which has produced many top Sri Lanka cricketers n the past. Heading that list of Thomian cricketing legends is former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of selectors, Duleep Mendis.

Mendis, who represented S.Thomas’ from 1970 and 1972 scoring back to back centuries in 1971 and 1972, held his alma mater in 1972. he still accounts for the highest individual innings for S.Thomas'.

His nephew B.C. M.S. Mendis represented College from 1991 to 1994 scoring two centuries and one half century. He too captained the side in 1994. Duleep Mendis's son R.S Mendis (2003-2005) was the vice captain of the victorious 2005 team and also scored a half century.

The best Thomian partnership for any wicket in the Battle ofthe Blues series is 238 runs (for the second wicket) held by Ashan Peiris (161) and N.Mazahir (162) since 2007 match. Thomian F.Thomasz took 8 for 3 in 1883, remains the best innings analysis for the Mt. Lavinia school.

Thomian M.O. Gunaratne's superb all-round effort, scoring 107 and taking 7 for 34 in 1935 is considered the best double . Thomian L.H.Arndt had an outstanding bowling figures of 6 for 26 and 8 for 28 in 1905 match. The highest innings total for S.Thomas ‘ is 411 all out, registered in 2009.

The last instance the Thomians produced a back to back big match wins was way back in 1952 and 1953 under C.A. Barrow and Ian Peiris. In 1953, . Thomas’ beat Royal by an innings after skipper Peiris, who later headed the SLC, and former Chief Editor of the Daily News, Geoff Wijesingha shared a record 186-run partnership which was a Thomian record for any wicket until 2007.

However, at the 128th Battle of the Blues, the Peiris-Wijesinghe all-time Thoman record was erased after 53 years by Ashan Peiris (161) and Nisham Mazahir (162) with a 238-run alliance - the only double century partnership recorded by Thomians ever in the series.

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Royal will go flat out for victory

by Dinesh WEERAWANSA

Royal College, Colombo will go flat out to register a big match win after seven years when they take on their traditional rivals S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia in their 134th Battle of the Blues three-day cricket encounter which starts at SSC grounds, Colombo on Thursday. The Reid Avenue boys are determined to put an end to five successive drawn games in the series after they suffered an innings defeat at the hands of Ashan Peiris’ Thomians in 2007.

Royal last won in 2006 under Nadun Punchihewa and they are determined to win this year's encounter to level the series, considered the oldest and the uninterrupted inter-school cricket series in the world which began way back in 1880.

In Roanaka Ahangamage and Isuru Gunatileka, Royal has a solid opening pair which is capable of giving them a strong foundation.

They have shared nearly 1,200 runs between them with Gunatileka making the bulk of the scoring to aggregate over 630 runs with three half centuries and a polished knock of 154 against Ananda.

His partner Ahangamage too has done his part neatly, aggregating 498 runs - one century (143 Vs Prince of Wales )and two fifties.

The middle order batting of Royal looks extremely dependable with Hashen Ramanayake (aggregate of over 769runs with five fifties and attractive knocks of 87 against Thurstan and 82 against Dharmaraja), Shamindra Dias (224 runs in seven matches with a top score of 66 against St.Peter's) and vice captain Milan Abeysekera to follow.

Ramanayake, is the son of former Sri Lanka Test fast bowler turned fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake. Following his father's footsteps, Hashen Ramanayake began his career as a medium fast bowler, but now concentrates on batting to become one of the most successful batsmen this season.

Abeysekera has been the most successful Royal batsman this season with a rich aggregate of 801 rurns wth five half centuries and blistering 101 against Mahinda. He has also scored twin fifties (74 and 54) against Prince of Wales.

Among the other Royal batsmen who are capable of keeping the scoreboard moving are Heshan Kumarasiri with an aggregate of 606 runs), skipper Pathmanathan and Poorna Aluthge (273 runs with a good double of 50 and 49 against St. Joseph's). Kumarasiri has the most number of centuries to his credit - 110 n.o v Ananda, 106 v Mahinda and 125 n.o. v. Prince of Wales.

Royal had a few ups and downs in the season as they lost the services of their key players due to illness and injuries early in the season.

Royal captain Devin Pathmanathan was forced to keep himself out of three matches due to illness which deprived his side the luxury of his penetrative left-arm leg breaks - one of the best in school cricket this season.

Despite missing several games, the Royal skipper has captured 47 wickets this season including a magical 5 for 17 against Richmond.

He had taken more than 44 wickets and scored over 250 runs prior, to his illness during the season.

The strength of Royal's bowling mainly lies in their spin department. Skipper Pathmanathan's vicious leg breaks are the deadliest weapon in the Royal bowling armoury.

Poorna Aluthge, Captain Pathmanathan’s spin partner, is also another impressive performer with bat and ball.

Apart from his lavish contributions with the willow, Aluthge has captured a total of 59 wickets including two sensational analysis of 6 for 64 against Trinity and 5 for 29 against St.Anthony's, Katugastota.

The lads from Cinnamon Gardens remain unbeaten this season, winning four matches outright - against Isipatana, St. Anthony’s Katugastota, Dharmaraja and Thurstan.

Royal, in its proud and rich cricket history, has produced some top cricketers who had played for Sri Lanka with distinction.

Heading that galaxy of world class players is former Royal, NCC and Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle, now the Chief ICC Match Referee.

He led Royal in the 100th Battle of the Blues encounter. The longest unbeaten run by the Reid Avenue boys in the series was from 1965 to 1987. During the 23-year period without a single big match defeat, Royal emerged victorious on two occasions (1969 and 1983) while the rest of the 21 games were drawn.

Royal's last back-to-back victories in the series were recorded in 1990 and 1991 under Udaya Lakmal Wijesena and Rohan Irriyagolla respectively.

Royal's top order bat Sumithra Warnakulasuriya’s marathon knock of 197 in 1980 has remained the highest individual innings in the series.

Besides Warnakulasuriya, the only other Royalist to score a ‘big match century’ on debut was Jagath Pattiarachchi, who made 100 not out in 1974.

Royal also holds the series record for the highest ever partnership for any wicket - 254 runs for the third wicket between Anushka Polonowita (164) and Yasas Dharmarathne (124) in 1996.

Nigel Fernando is the youngest ever Royal captain in the series.He was only six days short of his 17th birthday when he led the Reid Avenue school in 1989.

In 1983, Royal's Rochana Jayawardene probably produced the best allround effort, stroking an unbeaten 145 not out and capturing 5 for 29 and 4 for 44 (which gave him a match haul of 9 for 73).

In 1930, Barney Gunasekera of Royal too, had an impressive match analysis a top score of 148 and 7 for 57. The highest total recorded by Royal is 432 for 7 declared in 2006.

Of the 132 encounters played todate, S.Thomas’ takes a slight lead with 34 wins to Royal's 33 with the rest drawn.

Royal last won the big match in 2006 under the leadership of Nadun Punchihewa.

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Emotions will run high, for certain
134th ‘Battle of the Blues’

March 6, 2013, 11:16 pm

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by Reemus Fernando

As if there wasn’t enough at stake when two of Sri Lanka’s biggest names in schools cricket clash for the 134th time in the ‘Battle of the Blues’ series, there are many other reasons for emotions to run high at the Big Match starting at the SSC grounds, today.

There will be sons of former national cricketers in action. There is a captain who has ‘stepped down’ to make way for a new captain to do the honours at the Big Match. From the stands, a former captain who has been dropped on ‘fitness grounds’ will ponder about lost opportunities.

While Hashen, the son of former Sri Lanka speedster Champaka Ramanayake will do the fast bowling honours for Devind Pathmanathan’s Royalists, former national cricketer Hashan Tillekaratne’s son, Ravindu, will send down his ‘Chinaman’ for Javed Bongso’s Thomians.

Javed Bongso being appointed Thomian captain for the last few matches, has resulted in wild speculation at Mount Lavinia. Madushan Ravichandrakumara, who has at least one more season ahead, captained the Thomians for a better part of the season. According to Thomian sources, he had ‘stepped down’ to make way for the former Wesley College cricketer to take over the reins for the last few matches and the Big Match. It will be interesting to see whether the recent decisions of their administrators has affected the two, when they come on to play lead roles in batting and bowling.

Former Royal captain Imal Liyanage made a return to the team recently, but he has not been picked due to ‘fitness issues.’ With as many as nine coloursmen taking the field from the Royal camp, will they feel the absence of Liyanage? We will have to wait and see.

Then we have the game. Devind Pathmanathan’s team will go out as slight favourites. Their bowling attack has more venom than their counterparts’, who are largely depending on the spin duo of Madushan Ravichandrakumar and Ravindu Tillekaratne. Ravichandrakumar has been their key wicket taker this season, while spinners Thilaksha Sumanasiri and Tillekaratne backed him, sharing more than 50 wickets between them.

For Royal too, it was the spinners who were at the forefront with skipper Pathmanathan and Harith Samarasinghe leading their wicket tallies. Certainly, their pace attack looks stronger than that of the Thomians. Ramanayake, Chamika Karunaratne and Anupa Thilakaratne have been impressive, providing early breakthroughs. But at the SSC, how wil they fare?

In the batting department, Royal have deputy skipper Milan Abeysekara and Hashen Ramanayake, Heshan Kumarasiri, Isuru Gunathilak and Sampath de Silva.

In the Thomian camp, Javed Bongso and Thilaksha Sumanasiri are the batsmen to watch. They lead the batting aggregates for the Thomians. If what they came up with at the last encounter against St. Sebastian’s is an indication (after being bowled out for 75 runs, they drew the match), they would be the players epitomising the grit the Thomians are famous for.

While the Royalists are unbeaten this season, the Thomians have lost one game.

Teams:

Royal: Devind Pathmanathan (Captain), Milan Abeysekera, Heshan Kumarasiri, Sampath de Silva, Ronaka Ahangamage, Poorna Aluthge, Isuru Gunathilaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Anup Thillekeratne, Hashen Ramanayake and Harith Samarasinghe.

S. Thomas’: Javed Bongso (Captain), Madushan Ravichandrakumar, Nipuna Gamage, Deelaka Herath, Devin Jayasinghe, Thilaksha Sumanasiri, Helakamal Nanayakkara, Sanesh de Mel, Ravindu Tillekaratne, Sahan Wijesinghe and Ishan Kularatne.

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Royal favoured but St.Thomas’ capable of turning the apple cart

Published : 10:44 am March 7, 2013

Its celebration time again for the young and old boys of two prestigious schools in the island Royal and S. Thomas’ when their cricketers battle it out in the 134th Battle of Blues for over three days beginning from today at the SSC grounds.

The encounter deemed to be the second oldest inter-schools match to be played in the world also having the honour of staving off two World wars which did not prevent from this being played.

Joining the celebrations will be the young and old boys domiciled in various countries around the world converging along with the present boys in a carnival atmosphere.

The Royalists who are favourites to pull off the game will be led by Devin Pathmanathan who posses fine allrounders while S. Thomas’ will be led by Javed Bongso fields a young side. As mentioned earlier Royal have a strong outfit and S. Thomas’ is going to have a tough time in dealing with both their batting and bowling departmentS. Royal have had a successful season this year recording four outright wins against Isipathana, St Anthony’s Katugastota, Dharmaraja and Thurstan and remained unbeaten.

In contrast the Thomians cannot be happy with their performance this season being able to record only three outright wins against Mahinda, St John’s Jaffna and Zahira whilst having their record tarnished by Richmond.

Royal are oozing with talented players in the side in the caliber of skipper Pathmanathan, Milan Abeysekera, Poorna Aluthge, Hashen Ramanayake who is one of the best allrounders in the school cricket circuit this season, Heshan Kumarasiri and Isuru Gunatileka.

The batting will revolve around Kumarasiri who has cracked three centuries while Ronaka Ahangama, Abeysekera and Ramanayake who both have scored heavily this season.

Apart from them there is Gunatileke and Chamika Karunaratne who are capable of chipping in with some useful contributions to bolster the scoreboard.

The bowling will be spearheaded by Aluthge who has taken over 60 wickets and he along with Ramanayake, Pathmanathan and Gunatileke will be expected to combine with effect if they are to curtail the Thomian batting.

The Thomians batting this season has been dominated by skipper Bongso who has scored over 800 runs inclusive of two tons and three half tons.

So no doubt they will be heavily depending on him. Another factor is that Bongso will be looking forward to achieve the ton which he missed last year when he fell short by three runs.

The other centurions of the side Sumanasiri, Devind Jayasingha, Sanesh de Mel along with Nipuna Gamage and deputy skipper Madushan Ravichandrakumar will be expected to deliver the goods and put up match winning knocks.

Madushan Ravichandrakumar the Thomians top wicket taker with over 50 wickets will spearhead the attack and he will be looking forward for support from Sumanasiri, Ravindu Tilekeratne and Jayasinghe to curtail the strong batting line up of Royal.

From the 133 matches played so far the tally stands at 34 wins for the Thomians and 33 for the Royalits with the rest ending in draws. The Royalist last win was recorded in 2006 under the leadership of Nadun Punchihewa with the Thomians winning it last in 2007 under Ashan Peiris.

The two teams have some records to be surpassed with Royal’s Sumithra Warnakulasuriya being the highest individual score of 197 which he made in 1980 and Duleep Mendis holds the Thomian record of 184 made in 1972. The partnership of 254 runs for the third wicket between Anushka Polonowita and Yasas Dharmaratne made in 1996 stands as the best for any wicket in the series.

Royal holds the record of the best score of the series of 432 for 9 declared which they achieved in 2006 eclipsing the best of 388 for 9 held by the Thomians. So though the scales is in favour of the Royalist they cannot stand on their laurels of their performances this season as the underdogs have stood up in traditional encounters played in the past and the favourites cannot afford to take the Thomians lightly.


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Life Online brings you a bit of history, tradition and views about the second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in THE WORLD..!


The Royal-Thomian big match, or the Battle of the Blues, is a three day test match played between two prestigious schools in Colombo. The big match brings people all across the globe to one stadium; those in Sri Lanka will try hard extricating themselves from work on these days and those overseas, would fly across oceans to witness the Battle of the Blues. During those three days every Royalist and Thomian gathered at the stadium, becomes a school boy again. Forgetting age, race and religion, they unite as one school under their respective flags. It’s three endless days of screaming your guts out trying to drown the papare band with your vocal skills, dancing like you never danced before, consuming countless hot dogs and ‘soft’ drinks and most importantly reliving fond memories of being part of a great school.


As you see the flags of both schools coming out of school vans during the latter part of February, you know the big match season has begun. Whilst some start making arrangements as to which tent to go to, others plan the best maneuver to flick flags of the opposing team and cause a bitter pill to the owner.

Those still in school during this time plan and prepare for the risky yet artful tradition of ‘trucking’! Gone are the days when the students hire trucks for this venture. Now buses or private vehicles are used to go around Colombo cheering for their school and of course, paying a visit to a few girls’ schools while they are at it.


If you are lucky, the gates of these schools would be opened for you, if you are not, you are welcomed to pay a visit to the police station instead! During the week of the big match, another event to anticipate would be the cycle parades hosted by the two schools. You’ll find many bikes decorated in their respective school colours with flags, riding along the Galle Road causing excitement to some and bitter frustration to those caught in the resulting traffic jams.


In the words of a present Thomian (Sandesh Bartlett), “To me (and I understand many other people) the match means much more than any cricket game. It is the epitome of friendly rivalry that has lasted for more than a century, survived two world wars and a civil war and will continue to stand the test of time.The beauty of it is that it doesn't just cater to die hard cricket fans. It offers much more than cricket and the build up to it makes the students of both schools literally "sick" resorting to trucking, parades and mini matches to control their fever. In fact I believe if anyone came to the cricket match just to watch cricket they'd have to be quite mad”.


All this is lead-up to the main event – The Battle of the Blues at the SSC Grounds. As you step into SSC and walk towards the ground, you’ll find the oh-so-familiar sounds of papare bands playing, boys cheering, flags waving, girls dressed in colours supporting their school of preference and the hardworking stewards who come behind you begging you to buy a copy of the souvenir. However, some stewards find this to be a good opportunity to interact with ‘friends’ and likewise to make ‘new friends’.

As the players take to the field, the party begins! Some will start remembering all the good times they had during the previous encounters while new memories are gradually topped up with time.

As said by a Royalist “Growing up at Royal, the Roy-Tho was where my childhood heroes played. While in school, I could remember all the names of all the players who played the game from 1990 up until I left Royal in 2003. It’s equivalent to knowing who plays for the national team. You look up to them in amazement and hope to one day be like them! … It is a carnival atmosphere and you don't get anything like it in Sri Lanka. It is a place to meet people whose names you don't remember but from who you stole sandwiches while in school, and probably the only place in Sri Lanka where you can offer a policeman a drink and get away with it. It is just one big party”.

Mingled with all the fun activities, there have been a few incidents that have occurred during the play, some more intense than others. There have been reports of times when prefects of the opposing team passes one’s tent and plastic chairs and bottles would start flying, resulting in clashes between the supporters. A conspicuous scene to witness at the big match is when a hardcore supporter of a team, runs to the ground to give a pat on the back to the players while being chased by security. All things considered, no one would ever dispute that the good times have always outweighed the bad.

The Battle of the Blues is not to be missed. If you are still not convinced, here’s a notable fact: The Royal-Thomian Big match is the second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in THE WORLD!!! Being older than the Ashes, it is to be played for the 134th year this year (2013)!


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Despite weather gods coming to Thomians’ rescue:
Chamika hero of Right Royal win

By Ranjan Anandappa

In a match destined to be ruined by rain due to the number of overs lost (70) in the first two days, with rain and more rain predicted Royal’s medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne opened the ‘gates’ for a Royal win with a sustained spell of medium pace bowling in both innings with a match bag of (9 for 83) as Royal beat S. Thomas’ by seven wickets at the 134th ‘Battle of the Blues’ encounter at the SSC grounds yesterday. Royal last won in 2006 under Nadun Punchihewa. They regained the D.S. Senanayake Shield after six years.


Milan Abeysekara his a six over mid wicket off the bowling of Helakumara Nanayakkara on his way to 22 not out in the Royal second innings. He remained unbeaten on 50 in the first innings. Pix : Thilak Perera

Royal threw down the gauntlet by declaring their first innings at their overnight score of 260 for 5 with a lead of 68 runs. Milan Abeysekera remained unbeaten on 50 while Poorna Alujthge was 21 n.o. adding a valuable unfinished 72 run stand for the sixth wicket. The pitch which was covered due to rain and the early assistance which provides the bowlers in the first hour in the morning would have prompted Royal to declare their innings and the Royal bowlers stuck to their job admirably backed up by good fielding. Royal, had banked their hopes heavily on Chamika Karunaratne who bowled exceptionally well in the first innings to take five wickets and the other medium pacer Hashen Ramanayake to exploit the conditions and give the side the early break through which they did successfully.

It was Ramanayake who struck twice by shuttering the stumps of opener Nipun Gamage (0) and then got the wicket of the top scorer of the first innings Devin Jayasinghe who hooked and was caught in the deep by Roanaka Ahangamage. Royal skipper Devind Pathmanathan rotated his bowlers well and replaced himself by bringing in Karunaratne who trapped the Thomian skipper Javed Bongso leg before wicket playing across the line for 19. Bongso and Deelaka Herath batted painstakingly adding 38 runs for the third wicket.

Karunaratne was at his best again when he made Herath to edge one to keeper Abeysekera after scoring 19 and the Thomians were ushering a crisis situation. They plunged into disaster further losing the wicket of one of their accomplished batsman Thilaksha Suimanasiri being run out for the second time in the match for five runs when his presence at the wicket needed most.

Sanesh de Mel steered one into the point region and took off. Thilakasiri responded, but could not beat the throw from Harith Samarasinghe which was a direct hit at the wicket. The Thomians were at that stage 73 for 5 and struggling for survival with only a lead of five runs.

Pathmanathan kept on switching his bowlers spinners Aluthge, and Samarasinghe, pacies Ramanayake and Karunaratne where the Thomians kept on guessing all the time. There was not much of help for the spinners. When Karunaratne and Ramanayake were on the attack they posed a threat to the batsmen. Besides a sensible innings of 49 n.o by wicket keeper Sanesh de Mel the rest of the Thomian innings perished under immense pressure.

With the Thomians dismissed for 132, Royal’s victory target seemed to be an easy one as they had to get 66 runs to win with ample overs at their disposal. Royal in their quest for quick runs lost three wickets, but left hander Milan Abeysekera who struck an unbeaten 50 in the first innings and Sampath de Silva rallied around to take Royal to victory.

[Holiday for Royal]

March 11 (Monday) has been declared as a holiday for Royal College to mark the victory of the school’s cricket team at the 134th Battle of the Blues.

The awards :
Man of the match: Chamika Karunaratne (Royal)
Best batsman: Devin Jayasinghe (S. Thomas’)
Best bowler: Chamika Karunaratne (Royal)
Best fielder: Devind Pathmanathan (Royal)

SCOREBOARD

S. THOMAS’ COLLEGE 1ST INNINGS 192

ROYAL COLLEGE 1ST INNINGS
Roanaka Ahangamage c Bongso b Nanayakkara 40
Isuru Gunatilleke lbw b Kularatne 07
Sampath de Silva st de Mel b Tillekeratne 61
Hashan Ramanayake b Kularatne 43
Heshan Kumarasiri c De Mel b Wijesinghe 20
Milan Abeysekera not out 50
Poorna Aluthge not out 21
Extras (lb-4, w-1, nb-13) 18
Total (for 5 wkts decl. in 63 overs, ) 260

Fall of wickets: 38, 64, 149, 180, 188
Bowling: Sahan Wijesinghe 13-1-64-1
Ishan Kularatne 11-2-42-2
Helakamal Nanayakkara 7-0-28-0
Ravindu Tillekeratne 9-0-35-1
Madushan Ravichandrakumar 16-1-58-0
Thilaksha Sumansiri 5-0-21-0
Devin Jayasinghe 2-0-5-0

S. THOMAS’ COLLEGE 2ND INNINGS
Dulaka Herath c Abeysekera b Karunaratne 25
Nipuna Gamage b Ramanayake 13
Devin Jayasinghe c Ahangamage b Ramanayake 00
Javed Bongso lbw Karunaratne 19
Thilaksha Sumanasiri run out 05
Sanesh de Mel not out 49
Helakamal Nanayakkara (sub Sooiyabandara) b Aluthge 03
Madushan Ravichandrakumar c S. de Silva b Karunaratne 01
Ravindu Tillekeratne b Karunaratne 00
Sahan Wijesinghe b Samarasinghe 05
Ishan Kularatne run out 00
Extras b-4, lb-3, w-5) 12
Total (all out 182 m, 58.5 overs) 132

Fall of wickets: 14, 22, 60, 63, 73, 89, 98, 100, 121, 132.
Bowling: Chamika Karunaratne 17-6-32-4
Hashan Ramanayake 10-3-36-2
Anupa Thilakaratne 1-0-7-0
Poorna Aluthge 15-5-27-1
Devind Pathmanathan 10-4—19-0
Harith Samarasinghe 5.5-4-4-1

ROYAL COLLEGE 2ND INNINGS
Ronaka Ahangamage c Herath b Nanayakkara 16
Isuru Gunatilake c Devin Jayasinghe b Nanayakkara 12
Sampath de Silva c Herath b Nanayakkara 13
Milan Abeysekera not out 22
Hashan Ramanayake not out 00
Extras (nb 4) 04
Total (for 3 wickts in 11 overs) 67

Fall of Wickets: 1-27, 2-30, 3-62
Bowling: Sahan Wijesinghe 2-0-11-0
Ishan Kularatne 4-0-20-0
Helakamal Nanayakkara 4-0-30-3
Dewin Jayasinghe 1-0-6-0

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/03/10/spo01.asp

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2013/03/10/main_Sports.asp

http://www.royalthomian.info/Awards_134/Awards_134.html

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On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM, Asitha Perera <asithap10@yahoo.com> wrote:





Thought you folks would like to see a short video on the history of the Royal Thomian match which was screened on SKY TV in New Zealand as part of the program "ICC 360" at the website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwuxkRkfTRs .
Best to you all , Asitha .


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