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By Chris Dhambarage
The star-studded Richmond College Team will start favourites when they confront the traditional rivals Mahinda College in the 112th Lovers’ Quarrel Inter-Schools Big Match which will be worked off on March 17 and 18 at the Galle Stadium.
Richmond led by Sri Lanka youth player Kamindu Mendis have enjoyed a splendid season this year where they were able to secure the top position in Group ‘A’ while competing in the Inter-Schools Under-19 Division One Tournament.
In addition, Richmond have reached the semi-finals of the Under-19 Division One Limited Over Tournament and also the quarter-finals of the Division One 2-day Tournament.
In contrast, Mahinda have struggled throughout the season to put up a decent performance and they are also still searching for their first victory of the current season.
However, there seem to be some hope for Mahinda in the Big Match considering the fact that they were able to produce an excellent batting performance during their last three outings of the tournament.
The Mahindians after going through a pretty ordinary season picked up their batting form during the latter stages and went on to make scores of over 300 runs in the last four outings.
This was no doubt an encouraging performance from Mahinda considering the fact that it also lifted their morale and the confidence needed to face their more fancied opponents.
In fact, Richmond will once again look to maintain their dominance over their rivals with another fine all-round performance in this Big Match.
They underlined their superiority in almost every outing this year and were able to record four outright victories in the most comprehensive manner.
The outstanding performance of Skipper Mendis has certainly given Richmond the edge over their rivals and they will be looking to conclude the season on a high note.
The only obstacle for Richmond in this Big Match seems to be the bad weather which has quite often played spoil sportduring the current Inter-Schools season.
Even then, Mahindahave always faced the Big Match with a lot of determination and on many occasions they have come out with a spirited performance despite going in as the underdogs.
Richmond College (from): Kamindu Mendis (Captain), Chamikara Hewage (Vice-Captain),Thilanga Udeeshana, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Avindu Theekshana, Sathsara Kumara, Duveen Kalansooriya, Vinuja Kiriella, Ravishkam Wijesiri, Thisara Divan, Adhithya Siriwardena, Kasun Tharaka, Thaveesha Abhishek, Sandun Mendis and Vishmitha Wijesiri
Mahinda College (from): Hansika Welihinda (Captain), Roshan Kavinda (Vice Captain), Venura Dulsara, Navod Paranavithana, Ashan Kandambi, Pasindu Hettiarachchi, Kasitha Sankesh, Kalindu Shresara, Kavindu Ediriweera, Aveska Kalupahana, Prameeth Thevarapperuma, Nupun Malinga, Pasan Pethiyagoda, K.K. Kevin, Thilina Nisansala, Prageeth Gunathilake and Chamara Sandaruwan.