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Royal (234/5) fight back to draw the 135th Royal-Thomian encounter

Posted on 15 March 2014 by admin

The Royal-Thomian provided entertaining cricket but ended in a tame draw in favour of the Thomians. Despite playing the game over three days, a win was not attainable in the 135th encounter. Heshan Ramanayaka led the Royal fight back with a scintillating unbeaten 92 runs in their second innings. The Royal batsmen fared way better than its first innings when they played through the end of the 3rd day's play for a total of 234 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 114 overs. At close of play, Royal had a lead of 68 runs with five wickets in hand. The Thomians were unfortunate in not getting a second chance of batting. Interestingly, the Thomians took 104.1 overs to score 325 runs in their first innings while the Royalists took 114 overs to score 234 runs in their 2nd innings. The standard of cricket witnessed all three days was very high and crowd attendance was at record levels. The venue – picturesque SSC grounds was spectacular and the spectators were entertained to good all-round performances by the stars.

 Royal College 158 (50.2) Harith Samarasinghe 50, Thiran Dhanapala 46, Abdul Cader 3/37, Sahan Wijesinghe 4/46 & 234/5 (114) H Ramanayaka 92* Vs St.Thomas College 325/8d (104.1) Sanesh De Mel 110*, Kavinda Wickramasinghe 66, Chamika Karunaratne 4/91 – 135th Battle of the Blues – At SSC Grounds – Match drawn.

An unbeaten century by wicket keeper batsman Sanesh de Mel and a useful knock of 66 by No. 9 bat Chenutha Wickremasinghe put S.Thomas' in a commanding position by the close of second day's play in their 135th Battle of the Blues three-day cricket encounter against Royal College continued at SSC grounds yesterday.

Wickremasinghe joined De Mel with the fall of the seventh wicket immediately after lunch with the Thomian total on 209. Their brilliant alliance helped the Mount Lavinia school to take a superb 167-run first innings lead as S.Thomas', in reply to Royal's total of 158 all out, declared at a healthy 325 for 8. Royal were 36 for one at stumps, still needing 131 runs to avert innings defeat with nine second innings wickets in hand.

The Thomian declaration came immediately after the dismissal of Wickremasinghe, caught by Anupa Tillakaratne off Royal captain Chamika Karunaratne for 66, made off 102 balls with one six and seven fours. Medium paceman Karunaratne who was the architect of Royal's 2013 big match win with a match bag of nine wickets, once again finished as the most successful bowler in the Thomian first innings with 4 for 91 off 29.1 overs.

By Dinesh Weerawansa – Courtesy: Daily News

Earlier in the day, S.Thomas' took lunch at 209 for 6 after 70 overs of batting in 319 minutes with Sanesh de Mel (66 n.o) and Sachitha Jayatillake (0 n.o.) at the wicket. The dismissal of Jayatillake after lunch gave De Mel a faithful partner with the arrival of Wickremasinghe as the duo put on 116 valuable runs for the eighth wicket in 33.5 overs to give S. Thomas' a commanding total. Chenutha Wickremasinghe in a jubilant mood after reaching his half century. The day belonged to De Mel whose century kept the Thomian innings together. He held S.Thomas' innings from one end at a time he could not find somebody who could play a supportive role until Wickremasinghe arrived after the dismissal of Sachitha Jayatillake for a duck at the start of the post lunch session. Thanks to a couple of missed chances, De Mel went on to complete a century which the Thomains badly needed to capitalise on the initiative given by their bowlers on day one. De Mel's 110 not out came off 308 balls and included 12 boundaries. De Mel completed his half century off 140 balls in 206 minutes Royal struck early last morning after S.Thomas' had resumed at their overnight total of 134 for 3. Royal captain Chamika Karunaratne invited his new ball partner Anupa Tillakaratne to send the first over on day two. Tillakaratne obliged by clean bowling Helakamal Nanayakkara who departed without making any addition to his overnight total of one.

The Reid Avenue boys captured three wickets in the pre-lunch session but S.Thomas' cut lose in the second session to pile up runs as they wished. Royal would have restricted S.Thomas' to a lesser total of they had held on to the catches that came their way. S.Thomas' made the maximum use of Royal's poor fielding to take a commanding first innings lead. Royal, trailing by 167 runs, made a disastrous start to their second innings, losing opener Geeshat Panditharatne for a duck with the total on 2 in the second over of the innings. Medium paceman Sahan Wijesinghe who destroyed Royal batting in the first innings with a penetrative 4 for 46, once again gave the start the Thomians wanted with the new ball as Panditharatne departed after facing only eight balls, without disturbing the scorers. It will be an uphill task for Royal when the third and final day's play resumes at 9.45 am today.

If they could take their innings past tea break, they could think of an honorable draw. But considering the poor batting Royal batsmen have shown, S.Thomas' could well taste an early victory – perhaps before tea! Unless Royal batsmen come up with an extraordinary batting performance, they will have to surrender the D.S.Senanayake Shield they won last year with a seven-wicket win. The Thomians' last win in the series was registered seven years ago when they emerged victorious under Ashan Peiris in 2007. Since then, they have been enjoying a lean period with a series of draws, even losing the last year's encounter. But the middle of last decade brought them rich success. Besides the win in 2007, the Thomians also won in 2005 under Vidyesh Balasubramanium.

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Royal bowled out for 158, STC 134/3 THOMIANS use lively wicket to take control

Posted on 13 March 2014 by admin

 Thomian Sahan Wijesinghe in a jubilant mood after taking one of his four wickets during the 135th Battle of the Blues three-day cricket encounter against Royal College begun at SSC grounds yesterday.

S.Thomas' College capitalized on the advantage they got to bowl first on a lively wicket to take them to a strong position on day one of their 135th Battle of the Blues three-day cricket encounter against Royal College begun at SSC grounds yesterday. Having bowled out Royal for a hopeless 158 by the stroke of tea break, S.Thomas' were strongly placed at 134 for 3 at the end of the opening day's play. The only bright spot in Royal first innings was that brave 96-run partnership for the ninth wicket that accounted for a new series record.

Thomian captain Madushan Ravichandrakumar called correctly after the Battle of the Blues, for the first time in its 135-year history, used a special gold coin for the toss. His decision to field first on a lively SSC strip paid rich dividends as Royal batsmen were made to struggle for each and every run on a lively SSC wicket. They were initially reduced to 17 for 3 in the eighth over after the first half an hour of batting.

As predicted in our match preview, winning the toss turned out to be a huge bonus for S.Thomas as their opening quick bowlers – Sahan Wijesinghe (4 for 45) and Aktab Cader (3 for 37), made the best use of the early life of the SSC wicket to share seven of the ten wickets to fall between them. The first to go was Royal opener Shaminda Dias who was trapped leg before by Sahan Wjesinghe for one run in only the second over of the match. Royal suffered a double blow with the addition of only another 15 runs as medium paceman Cader removed Asitha Samarasinghe for eight and Ashen Ramanayake for a 'first ball duck' in successive deliveries, the first two balls of Carder's fifth over.

By Dinesh Weerawansa – Daily News

Royal College batsman Harith Samarasinghe is being congratulated by fellow Royalists after reaching the half ton Carder struck again in his very next over to dislodge the stumps of Randeev Pathirana as Royal were reeling at 27 for 4 in the 11th over after first 50 minutes of batting. Opener Geeshat Panditharatne, joined by skipper Chamika Karunaratne batted bravely for the next 48 minutes, adding 21 runs, before the opener was caught by Chenutha Wickremesinghe at short square leg off Helakamal Nanayakkara for 25, made off 68 balls with five fours. The departure of Panditharatne saw added problems to Royal side at 44 for 5 after 23 overs and 100 minutes of batting. Royal would have been in deeper trouble before lunch but Thiran Dhanapala was caught behind off a no ball from Sahan Wijesinghe with the total on 49, just eight minutes away from the lunch break. At lunch, Royal were 52 for 5 after 26 overs of batting.

But S.Thomas' struck immediately after play resumed after lunch as wickets tumbled at regular intervals as Royal batsmen were all at sea at 59 for 8. The Thomian dream of restricting Royal total to double figures was shattered as No.7 bat cum fresher Thiran Dhanapala and No. 10 bat Harith Samarasinghe rose to the occasion to give some respectability to the Royal total. They shared a record 96-run partnership for the ninth wicket in 129 balls in 100 minutes to erase the 35-year-old all-time record of 91-run partnership between Thomians Mahinda Halangoda (70 no) and C.P. Richards (20 no) in 1979 centenary match. Prior to that, Dhanapala-Samarasinghe alliance accounted for the highest ninth wicket partnership for Royal (81) in the Battle of the Blue, established by Charith Fernando (137) and Yasith Abeykoon (38 no) in 2008. Samarasinghe (50) was the more aggressive of the two reaching is half century off 57 balls in 100 minutes with six boundaries. Dhanapala was the last batsman out in the Royal innings after a 99-ball stay at the middle in 144 minutes, cracking five boundaries. The duo completed their 50-run partnership in 58 balls in 45 mins.

Royal struck early in the Thomian innings as opener Rashmika Opatha was bowled by medium paceman Anupa Tillakaratne for 21 with only 26 runs on the board. But opener Yohan Mendis and Sanesh de Mel added 50 runs for the second wicket before the former was bowled by Royal captain Chamika Karunaratne for 29. De Mel was associated in another half century partnership, putting on 51 runs for the third wicket with Thilanksha Sumanasiri. De Mel was lucky to survive a confident caught at slips by Karunaratne off Randev Pathirana when the total was on 95. He remained unbeaten on 40 after batting for 157 minutes and facing 106 balls with three boundaries. The second day's play resumes at 9.45 am today. –

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134th Battle of the Blues: S. Thomas’ (192) v Royal (260/5) – Day 2

Posted on 08 March 2013 by admin

The 134th Battle of the Blues seem to be heading for a decision. On Day 2 at stumps Royal lead by 68 runs with five wickets in hand. It was all Royal on the second day as they piled on the runs to finish off strong. Sampath de Silva 61, Milan Abeysekara 50 n.o, Hashen Ramanayake 43, Roanaka Ahangamage 40, Poorna Aluthge 21 n.o, Heshan Kumarasiri 20, were the chief scorer who contributed towards Royal score. Abeysekara and Aluthge have been associated in a productive partnership and if this pair bat aggressively on the last day Royal will be in a commanding position when the Thomians go into bat for a second time.

Match Between  – Royal College, Colombo v S.Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia

Played at – Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo

Date: 07, 08 & 09 March 2013

Toss: Royal College won the toss and elected to field

S.Thomas' 1st Innings 192 all out in 73.1 overs

(Devin Jayasinghe 71 (107b, 5×4, 3×6), Ravindu Thilakaratne 26 n.o, Helakamal Nanayakkara 24, Nipuna Gamage 19, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 17, Chamika Karunaratne 5 for 55, Poorna Aluthge 2 for 44)

Royal 1st Innings 260 for 5 in 63  overs

(Sampath de Silva 61, Milan Abeysekara 50 n.o, Hashen Ramanayake 43, Roanaka Ahangamage 40, Poorna Aluthge 21 n.o, Heshan Kumarasiri 20, Ishan Kularatne 2 for 44)

Royal College Team

Roanaka Ahangamage, Poorna Aluthge, Sampath de Silva, Isuru Gunathilake, Chamika Karunaratne, Heshan Kumarasiri, Hashen Ramanayake, Harith Samarasinghe, Anup Thillakeratne, Milan Abeysekera (wk), Devin Pathmanathan (c)

S.Thomas' College Team

Deelaka Herath, Devin Jayasinghe, Helakamal Nanayakkara, Ishan Kularatne, Javeed Bongso (c), Nipuna Gamage, Madushan Ravichandrakumar, Sahan Wijesinghe, Sanesh de Mel (wk), Thilaksha Sumanasiri, Ravindu Tillakaratne

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134th Royal | Thomian Day-1: Chamika Karunaratna rocks Thomian batting line-up

Posted on 07 March 2013 by admin

March 7, Colombo – Speedster Chamika Karunaratne picked up five wickets to jolt the Thomian batting line-up and became the first Royalist in as many as two decades to produce a five-wicket haul against their rivals who struggled to post 192 runs on day one of the 134th Battle of the Blues at SSC Ground today. Royalists justified skipper Devind Pathmanathan’s decision to field first when Karunaratne spearheaded the new ball attack effectively taking three wickets to reduce the Thomians to 100 for five wickets at lunch. Karunaratne became the first Royalist after N. Rajan, who took five wickets against Thomians in 1993, to capture five wickets in an innings for Royal at the annual battle.

Royal's wise move to win the toss and bowl first paid dividends when opening bowler Chamika Karunaratne removed Thomian opening bat Deelaka Herath for six runs. Karunaratne then trapped Thomian ace batsman and captain Javed Bongso leg-before wicket for five runs with the total on 20. Fellow opener Nipuna Gamage and Devin Jayasinghe added 32 runs for the third wicket before Gamage was caught by Karunaratne off the bowling of Alugthge for 19 runs. Jayasinghe and Thikshana Sumanasiri added 36 runs for the fourth wicket before Sumanasiri was tragically run out for 17 runs.

While Poorna Aluthge picked up two wickets, Anup Thillekeratne and skipper Devind Pathmanathan picked up a wicket each to restrict Thomians to 192 runs. In reply, Royal were 11 for no loss in the second over of their innings when bad weather forced an early end to the first day’s play. Karunaratne had fresher Deelaka Herath bowled for six runs and had skipper Javed Bongso lbw for five runs in his fifth and sixth overs for Royal to take the upper hand in the morning session. He also lends a hand for the dismissal of opener Nipuna Gamage for 19 runs off the bowling of Poorna Aluthge. A chance of Thilaksha Sumanasiri making amends for early losses with Devind Jayasinghe ended due to their own miscalculation when Sumanasiri was run out for 17 runs.

With their most reliable duo of Javed Bongso and Thilaksha Sumanasiri back in the pavilion before lunch and the top order crumbling at quite a pace, Devind Jayasinghe resisted with a half century before tail-enders Helakamal Nanayakkara and Ravindu Thilakaratne added valuable 20s to help Thomians last to the third session to post their final score. Jayasinghe top scored with 74 runs (in 107 balls) and included five fours and three sixes in his knock. He joined debutant Helakamal Nanayakkara for a valuable sixth wicket stand of 66 runs. Nanayakkara faced 78 balls for his 24 runs which included a solitary boundary. Ravindu Thilakaratne who anchored the late order, remained unbeaten on 26 runs. He faced 87 balls for his knock.



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23rd Royal-Thomian past cricketers’ annual dinner on March 6th

Posted on 02 March 2013 by admin

Unique by nature, these two distinguished colleges, Royal and S. Thomas’, will see their past cricket coloursmen gather at the ATRIUM LOBBY, CINNAMON GRAND, Colombo on the 6th of March 2013, the day prior to their BIG MATCH, at 7.30 p.m. for the traditional fellowship dinner. This is an entertaining reunion where former mates and opponents of both schools gather to reminisce of the golden era of their heyday. Early bookings are encouraged and tickets will be priced at Rs. 2,250/- with a concessionary pricing of Rs. 1,250 for under 24 and over 65 participants. A band will be in attendance to liven the festive atmosphere.

For further details, you may contact the following:

Trevor Rajaratnam 0777 750 786, Ajita Pasqual 0777 364 635, Aruna Gunawardena 0773 187 257, L.C. Liyanage 0722 364 610, Mohan de Silva 0772 388 823, Rochana Jayawardena 0714 554 004, Jehan Thahir 0773 506 169, or Feroz Ahmed 0779 048 492.

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23rd Royal-Thomian Past Cricketers Annual Dinner

Posted on 24 February 2013 by admin


Unique by nature, these two distinguished colleges Royal and St Thomas’ past cricket coloursmen will gather at the ATRIUM LOBBY, CINNAMON GRAND on the 6th March 2013 at 7.30 pm for the traditional fellowship dinner the day prior to the Big Match. This is an entertaining reunion where former mates and opponents of both schools gather to reminisce of the golden era of their heyday. Early bookings are encouraged and tickets are priced at Rs 2,250/- with a concessionary pricing of Rs 1,250/- for those aged under 24 and over 65 years. A band will be in attendance to liven up the proceedings.


For more details please contact any one of the following:
Trevor Rajaratnam 0777750756
Ajita Pasqual 0777364635
ArunaGunawardena 0773187257
L.C. Liyanage 0722364610
Mohan de Silva 0772388823
RochanaJayawardena 0714554004
JehanThahir 0773506169
Feroz Ahmed 0779048492

If you are a Royalist or Thomian, it’s your time to cheer your Teams and meets your Friends at Royal –Thomian Cricket Match 2013 on 7th , 8th and 9th March 2013.

Members could reserve tickets by forwarding a cheque for Rs. 5,000.00 drawn in favour of “Royal – Thomian Stallions” crossed Account Payee together with their NIC Number and an address to be used for delivery of tickets to

Royal – Thomian Stallion,

PO Box 01,

40, Church Street,

Colombo 01.


Reservation close on 1st March 2013

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