Battle of the Maroons - By Pelham Juriansz
have slight edge
Ananda College, Colombo have a very
slight edge if any over arch rivals Nalanda as they meet in their
at the SSC grounds on March 5 and 6. During the series Ananda have
registered 14 wins with Nalanda registering six.
by virtue of the fact that they have registered five outright wins
with good wins against Trinity and Wesley and an innings win against
St.Benedicts seem to have their nose slightly ahead in this
encounter. The other two wins have been against Dharmasoka,
Ambalangoda and Sri Rahula, Katugastota.
Nalanda, on the other hand have
registered 4 wins with their best win being against Isipatana
College. They also beat Lumbini Vidyalaya, Richmond and President's
Ananda are led by fourth year
coloursman and the first batsman to reach 1000 runs this season,
Mahela Udawatte. They have an able spinner and match winner in vice
captain Achela Ranasinghe who has mesmerized many a side with his
spin. Similarly, Nalanda have a match winner in leg spinner Gihan
Rupasinghe. And if the saying rings true that "batsmen score
runs, but it is the bowlers who win matches then Ananda and Nalanda
could well look to these respective bowlers to clinch the match.
Who's Who.. Ananda
Mahela has shone with the bat scoring five
"tons" and five half centuries. He has scored 1070 runs
this season and is a member of the Sri Lankan under 19 squad.
Vice Captain of the side.
3rd year coloursman. The main strike bowler of the side.Has captured
over 70 wickets this season and scored 125 runs.
Has four five wicket hauls and two six wicket hauls with a
best of six for 19 vs Sri Rahula, Katugastota.
Thilina Kumarasinghe. 4th year coloursman . Last year's
captain. Has scored over 340 runs, with 3 half centuries
and has taken over 25 wickets.
3. Charith Jayaweera
Charith has captured 55
wickets with four five wicket hauls.
The teams batting revolves
around Udawatte and Boteju. Boteju has scored one century and three
half centuries and has taken 10 catches. He has cored 618 runs and
opens the batting.
The other opening batsman
of the side. Has scored 360 runs and captured 20 wickets.
Wishwa Wijesuriya. Member of the under 19 world cup squad.
Middle order batsman who has scored over 200 runs and has taken over
Ranganath Wijetunga . Baby of the team. Has scored over 250
runs with half centuries and has taken 20 catches.
Chathura Herath 3rd year coloursman. Stumper of the side. Has
over 15 victims in 5 matches. Middle order batsman. Member of the
under 19 world cup squad.
Fresher. Left arm spinner
who has captured over 15 wickets. Good middle order batsman.
Gayan Rupasinghe. Fresher Right arm paceman who opens the
bowling. Has captured over 10 wickets. Right handed middle order
Reserve wicket keeper.
Good lower order batsman. Has over 10 victims.
Fresher. Left arm fast
bowler. Good fielder in any position.
Bishan Dabare. Fresher/left arm fast bowler, safe fielder and
lower order batsman.
Sachira Madapatha. Fresher/right arm off spin bowler/left
handed middle order batsmen.
Who's who ...
Yasas Hewavitharana (Captain) 4th year, Right hand bat and
right arm bowler who opens bowling. Has captured 30 wickets at an
average of 15.19 and scored over 600 runs.
Sakura Wijetunga (vice captain). 4th year. Stumper of the
side who has 25 victims and top order left handed batsman who has
scored 350 runs.
Tharindu Attanayake -4th year. Top order batsman who has two
centuries to his credit with a top score of 174 against Royal. Has
cored 630 runs.
Gihan Rupasinghe. 3rd year left hand top-order batsman. Right
arm leg spinner of immense quality. Has captured 90 wickets this
season with 15 wicket haul against Richmond, his best figures being
9 for 67 against Richmond. Has also scored a century against Wesley.
Highest wicket taker in current schools season.
Sachitra Serasinghe. 3rd year coloursman Right hand opening
bat and right arm off spinner.who has scored 900 runs inclusive of 3
centuries. Off spinner who has
captured 39 wickets at an average of 12.89.
Prabath Kariyapperuma. 3rd year. Right arm medium pace
opening bowler who has captured 30 wickets at an average of 19.93..
Sameera Abeysinghe- 3rd year. Medium pace and good bat who
has scored over 250 runs.
Lahiru Wickremasinghe-2nd year. Opening bat who has scored
over 400 runs.
Madhawa Warnapura- 2nd year. Right hand middle order batsman
who has scored 353 runs and leg spinner.
Ashan Priyanjana 2nd year right hand middle order batsman who
has scored over 400 runs.
Milinda Weerasinghe -Left hand middle order batsman and right
arm off spinner. Represented Sri Lanka in the Under 17 Asia Cup.
Manosh Kulasena-Left arm leg spinner.
Eranga Paranayapa-Right arm pace bowler.
Lahiru Aponso.- Left arm pace bowler.
Chaturanga Wickramasinghe left arm pace bowler.-
of the Blues
I was encouraged to write this article
by my former skipper and opening partner Sasi Ganeshan when I phoned
Sasi suggested that I write an article
about our era for the 126th "Battle of the Blues". When
wondering what "my or our era" consisted of I was thinking
that maybe it would be good to start at the "seventies",
what I would term as the "roaring seventies" as this was
the decade where I watched every match with enthusiasm and was
fortunate enough to play in one and be on the "reserve"
balcony in one.
Well, to be quite honest I did not
watch a single "Roy-Tho" as it is called in the '60's,
even though I began watching cricket earnestly from 1965(third term)
when "Big Cousin" Denham played for St. Peter's. This
trend continued till 1969, when I was escorted to the
"Joe-Pete" rather than the "Blues Battle". So I
was satisfied (or rather had to be) to listen to the commentaries as
honestly and succinctly told by the late Lucien de Zoysa and the
evergreen Bertie Wijesinghe.
To get down to business and the decade
of the "seventies'. 1970 saw the fifth year coloursman Prabodha
Kariyawasam skipper the Thomians and none other than the
"wily" off spinner Asitha Jayaweera the Royalists (Asitha
was to skipper the Royalists two years later as well).
It was my first Royal-Thomian and wasn't I thrilled.
"Kari" (as I got to know him later when representing
Mackwoods) was a skilful bowler as well as a more than useful middle
order bat. Duleep Mendis was a fresher in the Thomain side having
crossed over from St. Sebastians and was yet to prove himself at the
The Thomian batting that year was
nothing much to write home about and the only redeeming factor for
the blue and blacks was the bowling of skipper Kariyawasam who
captured 5 for 59. The Royalists were propped up in both innings by
two solid half centuries from Nirmal Hettiarachchi
and my coach at STC Prep B.N.R. Mendis also played for Royal.
Kamal Samarasinghe and Kari played two good knocks of 30 odd for the
Thomians. But it was Royal who had the upper hand having the
Thomians on the ropes at 84 for 8 in the second essay with Mendis
doing the damage claiming 4 for 15 with his "offies".
"Kari" managed to stop creating history by losing the
Royal-Thomian yet again having managed to lose it the previous year
to Eardley Lieversz's Royalists. So ended my first "Roy-Tho"
without much incident.
1971 was a different proposition
altogether and both Royal and S. Thomas had superb batting sides and
it was Royal who set the Oval alight with Jagath Fernando leading
the way with a magnificent undefeated 160 and Gajan Pathmanathan
chipping in with an elegant 97. The Thomian bowlers toiled hard on a
The Thomians not to be outdone replied
to Royal's 295 for 2 with 247 for 5 declared with a sound opening
partnership and contribution from the elegant Ravi Sathasivam(54),
Kamal Samarasinghe(60), and of course the inimitable Duleep Mendis
with a crackerjack 103. The two second innings' of both teams were
entertaining to say the least.
Well, on to 1972 and what I would term
the innings of the decade. I was just 13 years of age and what I
witnessed that year would be etched in my memory forever.
The Thomians were led by none other
than Duleep Mendis. I
still remember reading the morning papers and being thrilled to read
and observe the pictures of our Thomian heroes. Further, this was my
first "Big Match after joining the Mount Lavinia school.
Asitha Jayaweera was leading Royal yet
again and the Thomians took first lease of the wicket. The second
best bat in the Thomain side Kamal Samarasinghe was out caught
behind by Ray de Silva off S. A. de Silva with the score reading 1
for 1. The Royalists would have thought that if they got
Duleep early the match would be wide open. But they were
disappointed for Duleep Mendis was in no mood for jokes. With A.D.H.
Samaranayake at the other end Duleep put the Royalists to the sword and bludgeoned his way to 184
which broke the highest individual score at the match set up only
the previous year by Jagath Fernando. It was an innings worth
watching and one that I consider to be the best that I have seen at
the "Big Match". The
present Thomian coach Ranil Abeynaike contributed 27 but it was
Duleep's match and after that champagne knock the Thomians cared
little else for the outcome because defeat was far from coming.
The following year S. Thomas' was led
by, to my mind, one of the best schoolboy bowlers to come from the
"school by the sea" Ranil G. Abeynaike. Going into the
"Big "un Ranil had captured close to 90 wickets, if my
memory serves me correct, and the Royalists were out to
The Royalists batted first and were
bundled out for a mere 124, with the only worthwhile contributions
coming from P.N.S. Kariyawasam (39) and L.Paulausz(27).
The wickets were shared amongst the 3
A's as we used to call them. Ranil Abeynaike(4), and Ajith
Abeygunawardene(2) and Ravi Abeywardene(2).
At close of play on the first day the
Thomians were in a comfortable position at 124 for 3 but collapsed
the following morning to be all out for 160, the chief wrecker being
Samuel Lawton with 6 for 52.
The Royalists were in a different mood
in the second essay and thought that they would take the attack to
the Thomians. A rollicking opening partnership of 126 between
Kariyawasam(69) and Chelliah(81) set the stage for a total of 235
for 6 wkts at which stage the Royalists declared.
The Thomians left a target of 210 odd
were as usual tottering at 114 for 8 at stumps, with Gamini Kumarage
and Ravi Abeywardene hanging on for dear life.
Thomian grit prevailed once again.
Came the year 1974 and the Thomians had
one of the worst teams possible losing to Trinity by an innings
before the big match. The Royalists opened with Kariyawasam and
Jagath Pattiarachchi, who ended up emulating David Ponniah's feat of
scoring a century on debut. In "fact" Patti went one
better and performed this feat in the first innings.
By Pelham Juriansz
warm up for "Big Match"
St. Joseph's and St. Peter's warmed up
for their "Big Match" next month (March 11 and 12) with
similar 7 wicket wins against St. Sebastian's and S. Thomas' last
week. The Joes further defeated De Mazenod College to register their
ninth win for the season, which must certainly be a record for them.
St. Joseph's are riding the crest of a
wave defeating the Sebastianites after 34 years. It might be a good
sign for the Joes that they have recorded a win after so many years
against the Sebastianites. It was under Rohan Fernando that they
beat the Moratuwa lads and it was under Rohan that they last won the
S.Thomas vs St.Peter's
Thomians were made to eat humble pie at the hand of the Peterites.
S.Peter's batting first totalled 208 for 9 declared and then went on
to dismiss the Thomians for a paltry 79 and made them follow on. The
Thomians in the second essay fared a bit better to make 210
themselves but it was not sufficient to stave off a seven- wicket
The Thomians were 96 for 3 at lunch on
the second day but were far from safe. The Thomians who have a
capable batting side must be wondering what type of
"tsunami" hit them when they were dismissed for 79 in the
first innings. Hans Fernando was the chief wrecker for the Peterites.
In the second innings off spinner Shanaka Wickremasekera and Lakshan
Rodrigo did the damage. Mendis, Naveen Perera, Kaushal Silva, Nisham
Mazahir and Dhanushka Colombage scored for the Thomians.
St.Joseph's vs St.Sebastians'
The Joes can do nothing wrong this
season as they came up with their eight outright win. The
Sebastianites were bundled out for 128 and 167, not challenging
enough for the Joes. The Josephians in their turn scored 213 and set
a challenging target of 84 to win in the second scored it in the
12th over to win after more than three decades. The Josephians with
this win have now won eight outright and have thus even bettered the
record of Rohan Fernando's side of 1972 when they won seven games.
S.Thomas vs Trinity
S.Thomas redeemed themselves somewhat
in this game after their debacle against the Peterites. Batting
first they totalled 228 all out after being in a rather precarious
position at 106 for 6 at one stage. Once again the lower order
rallied round to ensure a safe first innings score. The bowlers
through Sajith Kularatne and Vidyesh Balasubramaniam restricted the
Hill Country boys to 163 thereby ensuring a good first innings lead.
However ,with the big match just three weeks away the Thomians opted
for batting practice instead of giving the Trinitians a target.
Ashan Pieris stroked his second century while last year's skipper
Kaushal Silva helped himself to a half century thereby making 998
runs so far in the season.
Ananda vs Dharmaraja
Ananda's skipper, Mahela Udawatte was
the first to score 1000 runs this season in their encounter with
Dharmaraja College for the P.W.Perera trophy.
Nalanda vs Dharmasoka
It was a week for shocks as Dharmasoka
College, Ambalangoda almost defeated the mighty Nalandians.
Dharmasoka scored 187 and Nalanda managed just five runs less when
they made 182. In the second innings Dharmasoka did not fare that
well being rattled for 126 and Nalanda made an attempt at victory
but were tottering at 95 for 9 at close.
Royal drew their Sir Frank Gunasekera
encounter with Wesley over the weekend. The Royalists are sill in
the process of team building and have not come up with either a
regular opening pair or a regular opening bowling combination.
Wesley were given a very tempting target of scoring 178 in 36 overs
but settled for a draw instead of going for guts and glory.
This too ended in the inevitable draw.
just managed 146 in the first innings and Mahinda did better to
score 213. Royal made a better fist of it in the second innings
declaring at 204 for 6 with coloursman Gayan de Silva stroking 52,
Sukitha Senaratne 46 and skipper Dimitri Siriwardena 37.
Another team warming up for their big
match is Thurstan who did not fare well with Kingswood. Kingswood
made 227 in the first essay and Thurstan struggled to declare at 135
for 9. Kingswood declared at 125 for 5 in the second innings and
then Thurstan made 140 for 8 in the second.
Royal -Prince of Wales
Royal, like their rivals S.Thomas' lost
one of their "Big Match" warm up games against the
Cambrians at Moratuwa.
of Wales batting first rattled up a superb 321 for the loss of 6
wickets and dismissed
the Royalists twice and then made the required runs for the loss of
three wickets to win by 7 wickets.
Royal are continuing their miserable
run this season with their second loss having lost earlier to the
Josephians by an innings
Polonowita to retire
By Sunil Thenabadu
ANURUDDHA Polonowita popularly known as
Polon's, has decided to bid "adieu" to his coaching
assignment after this year's annual Ananda-Nalanda big match.
Polonowita possesses a humble, unassuming personality has
excelled as a renowned cricketer, experienced coach and as
our current National Curator. He joined his "Alma Mater' Ananda
College in the year 1943, when he was five years old, having lived
in close proximity to the school premises.
It is quite evident that he was a born
gifted cricketer having cricket in his blood. He represented the
college U-14, U-16, and 1st XI teams as an all rounder and captain.
He was an effective left arm orthodox left arm leg spinner,
dependable batsman and a brilliant fielder at slips. He not only
captained the Ananda team in 1957, but also was selected to lead the
combined schools team. That particular year he was adjudged as the
best school boy bowler. While still a school boy, he was selected
play for the prestigious Sinhalese Sports Club.
He commenced his professional career as
the Sports Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council, and was
compelled to play for Nomads in 1962. The contribution he made as an
effective all rounder helped the club immensely to be elevated to
play in Division I cricket. In the year 1968 they won the P Sara
Trophy under his able leader ship. He then became an automatic
choice to play for then All Ceylon. He represented All Ceylon team
during the period of 1960-1970, cementing his place for nearly a
decade. Some well known contemporaries with whom played with at
school were Daya Amarasinghe, Palitha Premasiri, Yatagama Amaradasa,
Sunny Yatawara and his brother Parakrama and those at Nalanda were
Chandrasiri Weerasinghe, Sarath Silva, Daya Illukkumbura,
Premasara Epasinghe, and retired Police D.I.G's Mithra Siriwardena,
and Sumith Liyanage. At national level he had the opportunity to
play under distinguished captains V.G Prins, C.I. Gunasekara Michael
Tissera and with some players in the calibre of Abu Fuard, A.
C.M.Laffir, Reid brothers, Dr. H.I.K.Fernando and Ranjith Fernando.
One of his best all round performances that cannot be easily
forgotten was against India under the leadership of The Nawab of
Pataudi at Ahamabad where he scored a half a century, captured 4
wickets for 3 runs and held 4 catches, which proved beyond doubt his
capabilities as an all arounder.
In 1966 he was appointed as the cricket
coach, the post he has held up to this year spanning for nearly four
decades. He coached with tremendous commitment, dedication and
supreme sacrifice. His yeoman services helped his "alma
mater" to groom , nurture and produce a number of Test players.
A few prominent test cricketers who emerged from Ananda College that
comes to one's mind are Arjuna Ranatunga, Marvan Atapattu, the
former and current skippers of national side, Brendon Kuruppu, the
current manager of our national team, the famous Wettimuny brothers
Mithra and Sidath, Avishka Gunawardena and Thilan Samaraweera.
Through his dedicated coaching he has produced from Ananda College a
number of other players for Sri Lanka U-19 and "A" teams.
It is very sad to note that he has
decided to bid "adieu" to his coaching assignment after
this year's annual Ananda-Nalanda big match, after a period spanning
for nearly 4 decades. The yeoman service rendered by him to his
"alma mater" will be definitely be etched in gold.
In year 1968 he married Chithranganie,
the daughter of Professor P.B.Fernando from Rosmead place where he
has been residing since. His only son Anushka Polonowita was
educated at Royal College as there was no Primary Section at Ananda
College during that period. He excelled in academic studies as well
as sports. He captained the college cricket team and was the Head
Prefect of the school as well. In the Royal-Thomian cricket
encounter, the greatest sporting event in the calendar by tradition
in Sri Lanka he scored a scintillating 164 runs in the year 1996 and
he together with Yasath
Dharmarathna who scored 124 runs together added 254 runs for the
third wicket. Incidentally this partnership is the highest
partnership ever recorded for any wicket in the annals of the
history of Royal - Thomian matches which has an uninterrupted
history of over 125 years. After leaving school he joined CCC a
premier cricket club where he captained the club for two years.
Simultaneously he has chosen a career in marketing and at present he
is a senior executive in marketing at DIMO's. He is strongly
knocking at the door for a birth in the National Side and has on in
many occasions given enough food for thought for our national
selectors. He also has two daughters, Shivanthi & Shehani both
having qualified with degrees in Business Administration from
universities in Australia. The former is married and is domiciled in
Australia with her husband also a degree holder in Business
Anuruddha was awarded a scholarship to
UK in 1971 to follow a course in Community Development & Sports.
During this period he simultaneously held the office as President of
4 clubs V.I.Z, Peterson SC, Colpetty SC, Muthuwella SC and Nomads
CC. During his tenure of office as the Director of Sports majority
of the national players emerged from these clubs. He was also
instrumental in commencing around 20 Pre-schools, particularly for
the less affluent children.
Under the regime of President Premadasa
and Mayor Sirisena Cooray, Polon's was actively involved with the
construction activities of Sri Lanka's largest cricket stadium, the
Kettarama International Cricket Stadium, when for the first time
cricket under floodlights was introduced. After the completion of
this project of gigantic magnitude Polon's was deservedly awarded a
scholarship to follow a course in curatorship at the MCG in
Australia. The experience he gained helped him immensely to become
our National Curator since.
Binupa clinches Donald Steel Trophy 2005
Fifteen-year-old Binupa Wijesinghe, a
student of Gateway International, Kandy, who is fast becoming a
champion golfer, playing to a handicap of 3 ousted the reigning
champion, Martin Ebert from UK to clinch the Donald Steel Trophy in
the sixth consecutive Donald Steel Trophy Golf tournament held at
the picturesque Victoria Golf and Country Resort, last weekend with
89 golfers vying for honours.
A 36-hole amateur Scratch Stableford
Competition was played . The tournament played over two days, with
all competitors playing one round each day. The Ebert Pot which is
decided on the36 hole Handicap Stableford Score was won by local
favourite Roshan Dias with a nett aggregate of 79points. Sidath
Hemachandra with a nett aggregate of 77 points had to settle for the
runner-up position. Last year's winner Dr. Alexander Perera was
unable to come to terms with the course this year. The Ebert Pot was
presented by Martin Ebert.
Martin Ebert was back this year
determined to defend his title but young Binupa Wijesinghe pushed
Ebert to third place to claim the Donald Steel Trophy with a gross
aggregate of 63 whilst Alain Gyi returning a gross aggregate of 55
was placed second Donald Steel was unable to attend this year and
the trophy was presented by Elizabeth Bostcok.
In the Ladies division, there was
fierce competition for the Pam Fernando Cup, which was secured by
last year winner Suven Selvaratnam and was presented by Priath
Fernando on behalf of Mrs. Pam Fernando.The Victoria Bowl was won by
Sandy McAndrew who carded to excellent nett rounds of 43points and
39points respectively and Mrs. Eve Holloway presented the Victoria
The longest drive for gentlemen was won
by Romesh Abhayaratne and the ladies by Niloo Jayatilake. Priath
Fernanado of United Tractors fame claimed the nearest to the pin for
gentlemen. Nearest to the pin for ladies was won by Suven
Selvaratnam. Danny Scheppers of Qatar Airlines clinched a hole in
one on the fourth hole.
The course was playing excellent,
mainly due to the untiring efforts of Mr. Tony Whitham, General
Manager of Victoria Golf & Country Resort. The tournament was
organized and logistics cordinated by the Club Secretary Mr. Stefano
On behalf of the sponsors Mr. Nuwan
Gunasekara of Carlsberg and Mrs. Hyacinth Silva of Sri Lankan
Airlines graced the occation. Sponsors for the event are Carlsberg,
Sri Lankan Airlines, Mahaveli Reach Hotel, Earl's Regency Hotel,
Hemachandra Jewellers ( Kandy) and Helly Hanson.