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Royal-Trinity should be a thriller with title on the line

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Chris Dhambarage

A rousing game of rugby is expected when the traditional rivals Royal College and Trinity College clash in the first-leg of the 73rd Annual Bradby Shield Inter-Schools encounter which will be played at Pallekele in Kandy on Saturday (20).

This match is of great significance for both teams as the winners are also assured of emerging Cup Champions in the 2017 Singer Inter-Schools Under-20 League Tournament.

Both teams have cleared some of the toughest hurdles on their way during their first-round matches as well as in the Cup Segment of the league and are really determined to showcase their talent and potential.

In fact, Royal and Trinity have figured in some of the most fascinating inter-school rugby games in the recent past and last year’s fixture was a classic example of their rivalry.

In a dramatic turn of events to the 2016 encounter the Bradby Shield was shared,only for the second time in the history of the series, after both teams ended with the same aggregate.

Royal clinched the first-leg 22-17 in Colombo but Trinity took the second-leg 18-13 at Pallekele and the two teams had collected 35 points each.

This year too, Royal and Trinity have maintained their reputation as two of the pioneers of the game with some dazzling rugby throughout the current inter-school season.

Even then, both teams suffered a minor setback midway in the season with Royal going down to Isipathana College (17-22) on their home grounds and Trinity losing to St. Peter’s College (13-15) at Bambalapitiya.

But apart from these two obstacles, both teams have looked quite formidable on the field and now they have set up a fascinating contest in this final week of the league tournament.

Both teams will also take the field with a great amount of confidence after having recorded morale boosting victories in their previous outings played last week.

In fact, Royal signalled a clear warning to their rivals as they warmed-up for the Bradby Shield in style while recording a comprehensive 35-19 victory over Wesley College in a vital encounter.

In contrast, Trinity had a tough outing as they were stretched to the maximum before pulling off a hard fought 15-10 victory over the reigning league champions Isipathana at Pallekele.

The key player for Royal will be their dynamic flanker Hamza Reeza who has already made a lasting impression in the current season while emerging as the most successful try scorer in the league tournament.

Reeza is in tremendous form having scored two match-winning tries in last week’s vital game against Wesley and in the previous outing he went on the rampage to score five tries against Zahira College.

In addition, Janidu Dilshan (7 tries) and Sabith Feroze (6 tries) have also been consistent try scores for Royal in the current season with Mohamed Shaqir living upto expectations as a reliable place kicker.

Trinity’s main weapon will be Diluksha Dange who has scored eight tries in the league tournament while Reshan Madena and Akitha Sakalasuriya have scored five tries each.

Trinity will be also hoping for an improved performance from their place kicker Lashane Wijesuriya who has experienced mixed fortunes in the current season.

Live updates: Mustang’s Trophy – S. Thomas’ College vs Royal College

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


Result: S. Thomas’ College won by 11 runs

17:45 – Royal College 247/9 in 50 overs. H. Vithanage 33, H. Ramanayake 18, K. Perera 2/47.

Royal College 206/6 in 43 overs. H. Vithanage 33, T. Senaratne 62 n.o, P. Ratnayake 3/37.

15:32 – Royal College 103/4 in 23 overs

14:53 – Royal College 69/1 in 14 overs

14:10 – Royal College (target 259) 6/1 in 5 overs

13:33 – S. Thomas’ College 258/7 in 50 overs

R. Nallapperuma 52, I. Perera 36 n.o, H. Vithanage 4/41.

12:33 – S. Thomas’ College 187/3 in 40 overs

R. Kodituwakku 95.


11:14 – S. Thomas’ College 87/2 in 23 overs

R. Kodituwakku 52 n.o.

10:41 – S. Thomas’ College 63/1 in 15 overs

R. Kodituwakku 44 n.o.

10:20 – S. Thomas’ College 29/0 in 6 overs.

10:12 – Royal College won the toss and elected to field vs S. Thomas’ College.

Bad weather stalls S. Thomas’ in Battle of the Blues

March 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College missed out on a great chance of pulling off an outright victory as bad weather intervened to their 138th Battle of the Blues Inter-Schools Big Match against the traditional rivals Royal College which ended in a draw at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Saturday (11).

Even then, the Thomians will be really disappointed with the final result as they were within a chance of forcing a result and were well set to avenge their last year’s Big Match defeat at the same venue.

In fact, Royal were struggling at 154 for eight in their second innings when bad light halted play early with an overall lead of just 52 runs and two wickets in hand.

Royal’s hero in the second innings was their middle order batsman Thevindu Senaratne who held the batting together after they had collapsed to 61 for five at one stage.

Senaratne together with Ahan Sachintha frustrated the Thomian bowlers with some stubborn batting as the pair rescued Royal from disaster while adding a valuable 68 runs for the sixth wicket.

Trevin Eriyagama did the early damage while claiming three quick wickets but the Thomians were not able to add the finishing touches as the Royal tailenders held on determinedly to force a draw.

Earlier, S. Thomas’ took their first innings total past the 350-run mark following some splendid batting from their top order.

Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma (92) and opening batsman Ravindu Kodituwakku (98) both missed out on scoring Big Match hundreds while wicket-keeper batsman Sithara Hapuhinna(59) smashed a half century to extend their lead.

Himesh, Ganith help Royal recovery act

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By M. Shamil Amit

The first day’s proceedings of the 138th Battle of the Blues between traditional rivals Royal College and S. Thomas’ College played at the SSC ground saw the Thomians end the day on 33 for no loss.

Royal, who were bowled out for 255, were helped by dropped catches by the Thomian fielders at crucial stages which saw Himesh Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa taking advantage as the pair added a valuable 83 runs for the eighth wicket.

The bowling effort put in by left arm pacie Kalana Perera who ended with impressive bowling returns of 5 for 47 proved to be vain as Royal made a good recovery being 172 for 7 at one stage.

Kalana Perera took 5 for 47.
Kalana Perera took 5 for 47.

The morning session saw Royal lose their first wicket at 16 but a 69-run stand for the second wicket between Ronuka Jayawardena and Pasindu Sooriyandara saw them coming back into the game.

But soon after the separation of the pair with the score on 85 they lost another wicket before reaching 100 runs with Kalana doing the damage. The two freshers Kavindu Madarasinghe and Ahan Sanchitha took Royal through to the lunch break on 108 for 3.

The post lunch session saw Royal losing two wickets for the addition of 33 runs, that of Sanchitha and Madarasinghe. Skipper Vithanage and Thevindu Senaratne added 24 runs for the sixth wicket before the former was dismissed with Royal on 165 and Senaratne did not last long as he perished after scoring seven runs.

Himesh Ramanayake was dropped by Dulith Gunaratne off Kalana Perera’s before he opened his account and that proved to be crucial as Ramanayake and Ganith Sandeepa slowly but surely took Royal out of the woods as Royal went into the tea break on 198 for 7.

The duo batting with caution went on to post their 50-run partnership and in the process Royal reached the 250-run mark. Five runs later they were separated with Sandeepa running himself out and Royal lost their remaining two wickets without any addition being bowled out for 255.

S. Thomas’s in their turn saw the openers Ravindu Kodituwakku and Dulith Gunaratne negotiating 10.3 overs before bad light put a stoppage to proceedings with the Thomians score of 23 for 0.

Royal 1st innings
Yuvin Herath lbw b K. Perera 06
Ronuka Jayawardena b K. Perera 32
Pasindu Sooriyabandara c Wijeratne b K. Perera 35
Kavindu Madarasinghe lbw b Ratnayake 38
Ahan Sanchitha hit wicket b Ratnayake 06
Helitha Vithanage c Wijeratne b K. Perera 10
Thevindu Senaratne c Kodituwakku b Eriyagama 19
Himesh Ramanayake c Peiris b Gunaratne 41
Ganith Sandeepa run out 42
Abhishek Perera b K. Perera 00
Manula Perera not out 00
Extras (b5, nb5, w16) 26
Total (all out: 71.3 overs) 255
Fall of wickets – 1-16, 2-85, 3-93, 4-116, 5-141, 6-165, 7-172, 8-255, 9-255, 10-255.
Bowling – Kalana Perera 19.3-2-47-5, Dinura Gunawardena 3-0-8-0, Thevin Eriyagama 10-01-55-1, Pavith Ratnayake 19-1-69-2, Dulith Gunaratne 4-2-4-1, Dellon Peiris 15-3-59-0, Ravindu Kodituwakku 1-0-8-0.

S. Thomas’ 1st innings
Ravindu Kodituwakku not 23
Dulith Gunaratne not out 10
Extras 00
Total (0 wicket: 10.3 overs) 33
Bowling – Himesh Ramanayake 4-2-12-0, Helitha Vithanage 2-0-8-0, Yuvin Herath 3-0-9-0, Ganith Sandeepa 1.3-0-4-0.

Unbeaten Thomians fancied over Royal

March 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


By Chris Dhambarage

S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia with an unbeaten record in the current season will start favourites when they take on the traditional rivals Royal College in their 138th annual Inter-Schools Battle of the Blues Big Match which begins at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place on Thursday (9).

Thomian captain Romesh Nallaperuma and Royal captain Helitha Vithanage
Thomian captain Romesh Nallaperuma and Royal captain Helitha Vithanage

The Thomians have certainly dished out some outstanding all-round cricket in the current season and are confident of putting up a solid performance having notched up five outright victories.

The secret behind their success this season is because all their senior players have performed with equal brilliance and have given one hundred per cent on the field in all departments of the game.

Royal of course have rallied around through their senior players and will be hoping to produce an improved performance in this vital encounter.

They are yet to register an outright victory which could be a worrying factor for the team and their preparations for the Big Match also took a backseat when they suffered a morale shattering defeat at the hands of Prince of Wales College on their home grounds at Reid Avenue.

However, despite this setback Royal still have confidence of their team and are banking heavily on their five coloursmen and the rest of the senior players to deliver the goods.

Royal will also have a psychological advantage going into the Big Match having won last year’s encounter at the same venue.

Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ suffered a major blow ahead of their Big Match as Skipper Romesh Nallapperuma was hit on the head by a delivery during a practice session and is now doubtful for the three-day encounter.

Even then, S. Thomas’ can be proud of their batting as they have with them three top batsmen who have compiled over 500 runs in the current season and two others who are nearing the 500-run mark.

Vice-Captain Ravindu Kodituwakku is their highest run-getter this year with over 750 run to his credit inclusive of one hundred and four half centuries.

The manner in which he has accumulated those runs has been really outstanding as he has been able to maintain a strike-rate of just under 100 runs which is a fantastic effort.

The Royal batting has been spearheaded by Skipper Helitha Vithanage who has scored over 1,000 runs in the current season.

Vithanage has been quite consistent throughout the season having struck three centuries and eight half centuries while Madarasinghe has one hundred and four fifties to his credit.

Even then, Royal’s bowling attack has lacked more penetration and variation with only their Vice-Captain and paceman Himesh Ramanayake striking form with over 40 wickets to his credit.

Ramanayake has taken up the responsibility and done the bulk of the bowling and also had a five wicket haul in the game against Prince of Wales College.

The Thomian bowling department is spearheaded by the left-arm spinner Pavith Ratnayakewho has captured over 80 wickets with a best effort of seven for 47 against Dharmapala Pannipitiya.

Ratnayake of course has lived up to expectations as the main strike bowler and has done the bulk of the bowling while claiming five wickets in an innings on seven occasions.

Meanwhile, Dellon Peiris has claimed 54 wickets with a best performance of six for 13 against Moratu MV and has two five-wicket hauls to his credit.

The Thomian bowling attack has plenty of variation as well with the left-arm pacemen Kalana Perera, Tehan Schaffeter and Dinura Gunawardena providing the back-up support.

In fact, Schaffter returned his best bowling figures when he captured five for 37 in the match against Mahinda College.

Royal College (from): Helitha Vithanage (Captain), Himesh Ramanayake (Vice-Captain), Ganith Heshan Sandeepa, Pasindu Sooriyabandara, Kavidu Madarasinghe, Chamaka Edirisinghe, Thevindu Senarathne, Abishek Perera, Gothama Ranasinghe, Ronuka Jayawardane, Madara Thalduwa, Charuka Hathurasinghe, Hasanga Themal, Yuvin Herath, Kawshan Kulasuriuya and Mathisha Amarasinghe.

S. Thomas’ (from):Romesh Nallaperuma (Captain), Ravindu Kodituwakku, Dinura Gunawardena, Bhathiya Dissanayake, Anuka Bulankulama, Dulip Gunaratne, Ishen Perera, Manthila Wijeratne, Sithara Hapuhinna, Kalana Perera, Trevin Iriyagama, Tehan Schaffter, Mohamed Ishaq, Shalin de Mel, Dellon Peiris, Pavith Ratnayake and, Dineth Kannangara.

Two exciting semi final match-ups in U19 Basketball

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


The semifinal stage of ThePapare U-19 All Island A Division Boys tournament will commence today (15th July) while the Boys’ and Girls’ 3rd place and finals will be held during the weekend at the Henry Pedris Basketball Court. 

Action from the Ananda College v Royal College quarter final

Maris Stella College beat St.Benedict’s College in the quarter final encounter 75-41 while St.Joseph`s College beat  last year’s champions Asian International School 69-61.

Among the other two, S.Thomas` College beat Lyceum International School 74-52 and Royal College beat Ananda College 54-47 in the final match of the quarter final stage.

S.Thomas` College will take on Maris Stella College in the first semi final at 3.45 pm while Royal College will take on St.Joseph`s College at 5.45 PM.

Good Shepherd Convent met Holy Family Convent in the first girls semi-finals as they won 37-28 while St.Joseph`s Girls’ School beat Presbyterian Girls’ School 32-21 in the second semi-final.

Good Shepherd Convent will take on St.Joseph`s College Girls’ Nugegoda in the Girls’ final on the 17th of July at 3.45 pm while Holy Family Convent will take on Presbyterian Girls’ School in the third place match on 16th of July at 3.45 pm.

The tournament is sponsored by ThePapare.com and the matches will be live streamed on ThePapare.com website.

Pathana wants neutral venue for President’s Cup final

July 6, 2016 by · 1 Comment 


Schools league champions Isipathana College have requested the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) to move Saturday’s Milo Knockout Trophy final against Royal College to a neutral venue, sources attached to Isipathana’s rugby committee told Daily Mirror.

The final is scheduled at the Royal College Sports Complex, where the semi-finals were also played.

SLSRFA Secretary Denzil Darling confirmed that a request had been made in writing on Monday, and that a discussion will be held in this regards on Wednesday where a final decision would be arrived at.

Ministry of Education representative Sunil Jayaweera, representatives of the SLSRFA and the two schools are expected to attend this meeting.

“We have asked for a neutral venue as we feel that playing at the Royal College Sports Complex would gain an unfair advantage to the home team,” the source told Daily Mirror, adding, “This would have been the case for whichever team qualified for the final – not just Isipathana.”

“Last year, when we arrived at the venue we found that there were abnormal ground conditions – the ground was muddy. And while we have accepted that defeat, we do not want to fall into the same trap this year,” he added. “Also, the spectators will try and agitate matters during the game, and given the disadvantage we are facing and the emotions, this could lead to violence between both sides. This could be avoided if we played at a neutral venue.”

SLSRFA Secretary Denzil Darling speaking to Daily Mirror said that Isipathana College had made this request in writing and that they had agreed to discuss the matter on Wednesday, despite all schools earlier agreeing to the venue for the later stages of the tournament.

“Isipathana College wrote to us and the Education Ministry and we will have a meeting Wednesday regarding this. We made a decision before the tournament that no matter which school qualifies for the semi-finals and the finals, the games would be played at the Royal College Sports Complex. The schools agreed to this. However, they have made this request and we have agreed to discuss it,” he said.

“One of the main concerns we had, when we chose Royal Sports Complex as the venue for semis and final, was that it provided the best security for spectators. There was a lot of concern after the incident that took place at the Dharmaraja-St. Joseph’s match, and the Education Ministry asked us to seek the guidance of the Deputy Inspector General of Police to ensure security, and we had a discussion about this as well,” he said. “There were reports of damage at the CR & FC grounds after the S. Thomas’ game, so this venue provides the best security.”

Four teams to battle for finals slot

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


The Schools U20 rugby season is now at its tail-end with just three matches left in the Milo President’s Trophy.

The first two games, the semi-final encounters of the tournament are scheduled to be played at Royal College Sports Complex ground in Reid Avenue today and tomorrow.

The winners will square off in the grand finale which is scheduled to be played on July 9 at the same venue.

The first battle is between reigning schools rugby league champions Isipathana College and St. Peter’s College while the other game is between arch-rivals Royal College and S. Thomas’ College at the same venue.

Interestingly, all four teams were in the same group of the schools league championship played earlier this year.

Isipathana vs St. Peter’s

The two teams met in the latter part of April where the Havelock Park boys prevailed with a 36-21 win in a game which they dominated in the second half.

Since then the Isipathanians led by centre Kushan Indunil have gone from strength to strength while the Peterites led by full back Sandesh Jayawickrama have had fluctuated fortunes.

Isipathana will be favourites having bagged the league title.

Skipper Kushan has a host of players in the likes of second row Sumudu Rankothge, No 8 Vageesha Weerasinghe, full back Gayan Wickramaratne, wingers Chamod Fernando and Ranidu Pramod and flankers Devin Gunaratne and Sashmitha Fernando who have all been in the forefront in Isipathana’s success to deliver the goods.

On the other hand the Peterites underwent some anxious moments in their quarter-final encounter against St. Anthony’s College, who they managed to overcome by six points (37-31) and they cannot afford to repeat that performance with the Isipathanians.

Skipper Sandesh will depend on second row Rahal Delpachithra, hooker Ravin Yapa, scrum half Avishka Heenpella, flanker Shane Gurusinghe, fly half Stephan Selvaraj and man in form and center Theekshana Dissanayake, who had a fine game last time out, to put their best foot forward if the Peterites are to make any impression.

However, with the scale in favour of the Pathanians, a closely contested game could be expected and the Peterites will also be seeking to book a slot to the final after a lapse of five years.

Royal vs S. Thomas’

These two teams met each other in the league tournament in the early part of April where the Thomians prevailed with a close 21-15 win.

Since then the Thomians led by hooker Pandula de Silva went on to remain unbeaten until the final week when they lost what turned out to be the deciding game of the league title by just four points (24-28) while the Royalists led by No 8 Nikhila Gunadheera had to be satisfied with a third place finish.

The Royalists will no doubt be coming into the game to avenge their defeat in the league encounter. On the other hand the Thomians will be looking forward for a repeat of their previous win.

All eyes in the match will be on the Thomian winger Navin Henakankanamage who scored a hat-trick of tries in their quarter final match against Zahira with one being a 80-metre dash.

In fact Navin was the thorn in the flesh of Royal in their last match as his last minute try ensured a victory for the Thomians who were trailing 14-15.

On the other hand, the Thomians will have to be more sharper this time around as they will have to confront the Royal pack which has been the gateway for them in accumulating their points.

The Thomians will miss their burly No 8 Sachitha Jayatileke who has fractured his arm and did not get onto the field in their last game against Zahira.

However skipper Pandula has the ammunition to keep the Royalists at bay and apart from Henakankanamage he has players in the caliber of prop Mahinda Deshapriya, second row Dhanuja Wijeratne, center Ashwantha Herath, full back Mayo Jayawardena, fly half Bumindra Fernando and scrum half Dion Dias from whom much will be expected.

Royal skipper Nikhila has in his ranks players in the caliber of hooker Azmir Fajudeen who has been in top form, flanker Pasindu Amarasinghe, second row Ashen Fernando, prop Ayesh Maduranga, winger Sabith Feroze, scrum half Ashok Vijayakumar and full back Ovin Askey.

S. Thomas’ last won the knockout title in 2009 while Royal’s last was in 2010 when they shared the trophy with St. Peter’s.

Pasindu, Malith takes Royal to safety

March 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


If the first day belonged to the Thomian trio of Rashmika Opatha, Yohan Mendis and skipper Sachitha Jayatileke, the second day saw Royal College duo Pasindu Sooriyabandara and Malith Kariyawasam grab the honours as they rescued the Royalists and took the side to safety against traditional rivals S. Thomas’ at the SSC ground on Friday.

pasindu 630


Sooriyabandara and Kariyawasam came to the rescue of Royal when they were in a spot of bother at the end of the morning session of proceedings and struggling on 96 for 4 and the pair put on a match saving partnership of 139 runs for the sixth-wicket to end the day with their heads held high on 280 form 7.

Royal in reply to the Thomians score of 350 for 5 declared resuming on their overnight score of one for no loss saw the openers Naveen Vidanapathirana and Ronuka Jayawardena giving them a sedate start adding 37 runs before being separated.

This was followed by a brief 28-run stand for the second wicket between Ronuka and Pasindu and then Pasindu and skipper Geeshath Panditharatne adding 31 runs for the third wicket.

Right arm pacie Yohan Perera took the first Royal wicket and later dealt a double blow when he bagged the wickets of skipper Pasindu and Lasith Embuldeniya, as the Royalists went into the lunch break struggling on 96 for 4.

The post lunch session saw Sooriyabandara and Kariyawasam frustrating the Thomian bowlers and adding 77 runs as the Thomians were successful in taking only one wicket with Royal going into tea on 189 for 5 with Pasindu on 50 and Malith on 46.

The post tea proceedings saw Kariyawasam reaching his half ton and then the pair posted their 100-run partnership which followed with Royal posting the 200 runs.

They had little trouble from the Thomian bowlers and accumulated their runs with the minimum of fuss. They went on to post Royal’s 250th run and it was 11 runs later that the Thomians were able taste success with skipper Sachitha separating the duo with the wicket of Kariyawasam who made a dogged innings of 78 off 139 balls that included 22 boundaries.

With Royal on 261 for 6 they lost a quick wicket two runs that of Ganith Sandeepa. Sooriyabandara joined by Helitha Vithanage saw the side through to the end of the day’s proceedings with the score on 280 for 7 with their hero Sooriyabandara remaining unbeaten on 97 runs which had 13 boundaries.

The outcome of the match is now almost visible as it points out to an inevitable draw, but the Royalists will be looking forward to see Sooriyabandara reach his ton when play begins on the final day tomorrow.

S. Thomas’ 1st innings 350/5 declared (Rashmika Opatha 124, Yohan Mendis 64, Yohan Perera 38, Ravindu Kodituwakku 35, Sachitha Jayatileke 50 n.o.)

Royal 1st innings (1/0 overnight)
Naveen Vidanapathirana c Kodituwakku b Perera 24
Ronuka Jayawardena c de Silva b Peiris 25
Pasindu Sooriyabandara mot out 97
Geeshath Panditharatne c Nallaperuma b Perera 26
Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Perera 00
Tiran Danapala c Gunatileke b Liyanaarachchi 09
Malith Kariyawasam lbw b Jayatileke 78
Ganith Sandeepa c de Silva b Liyanaarachchi 00
Helitha Vithanage not out 10
Extras (lb1, nb8, w1) 11
Total (7 wickets: 105 overs) 280
Fall of wickets – 1-37 (Vithanapathirana), 2-65 (Jayawardena), 3-96 (Panditharatne), 4-96 (Embuldeniya), 5-122 (Danapala), 6-261 (Kariyawasam), 7-263 (Sandeepa)
Bowling – Sachitha Jayatileke 19-8-21-1, Rashmika Opatha 13-4-42-0, Senal de Silva 10-3-14-0, Hansaka Liyanaarchchi 12-3-42-2, Ravindu Tilekeratne 15-4-38-0, Yohan Perera 14-4-39-3, Dhanush Peiris 15-3-51-1, Ravindu Kodituwakku 7-2-30-0

Opatha ton puts Thomians in control on day one

March 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Opatha ton 630

S. Thomas’ College opener Rashmika Opatha scored a century, while Yohan Mendis and skipper Sachitha Jayatileke supported with half-tons, as Royal College were left chasing the ball — and the game — for much of the first day of the 137th Battle of the Blues big match played at the SSC ground.

The opening pair gave the Thomians a flying start after Royal skipper Geeshath Panditharatne won the toss and chose to field, which played into the hands of the Thomian boys.

An opening-wicket partnership of 197 between Rashmika and Yohan laid the foundation for S. Thomas’, as skipper Sachitha put in the finishing touches to help the side post a formidable score of 350 for 5 declared in just 75 overs. The stand was a new Thomian record  for the first-wicket, which eclipsed a record that stood for 80 years — that of 136 runs which was set by N. Scheffer and W. Jayatileke way back in 1936.

The pair had things their own way and the Royalists were left with few options in trying to make a breakthrough. Rashmika in particular was severe as he raced to his half-ton in just 55 balls which included ten boundaries and a six.

Later, the Thomians went into the lunch break after a flawless effort, with the score on 146 for no loss from 30 overs.
The post lunch session saw the pair continuing from where they left and in the process Rashmika reached his ton in just 94 balls which comprised 15 boundaries and three sixes in all.

Rashmika continued to torment the Royal bowlers as he accumulated his runs with ease before Royals right arm pacie Himesh Ramanayake made the breakthrough when he dismissed Rashmika, who made a quick-fire 131-ball knock of 124 that included 16 boundaries and four sixes having put on the record stand.

The Thomians underwent a setback when they lost two quick wickets as Mendis did not last long after, dismissed two runs later, making a valuable 64 runs with seven boundaries. Dilendra Gunatileke followed with the Thomians score on 219 for 3.

Ravindu Kodituwakku joined by Yohan Perera put on a recovery act with the pair further frustrating the Royal bowlers as they went into the tea break with the score on 247 for 3 in 60 overs. The pair were separated having added 22 runs in the post-tea session after adding 50 runs for the fourth wicket. Skipper Jayatileke, the next man in was dropped by Malith Kariyawasam off Ganith Sandeepa’s before he could open his account.

That proved to be crucial as Sachitha having added a brief 27-run stand for the fifth-wicket with Yohan Perera tore the Royal attack to all parts of the field to make a breezy 31-ball knock of 50 which included two boundaries and five towering sixes and was associated in a quick fire unbroken partnership of 54 runs for the sixth-wicket with Ravindu Tilekeratne before skipper decided to declare the Thomians innings on 350 for 5.

Royal were able to face only one over as a slight shower and bad light put a stoppage to proceedings.

S. Thomas’ 1st innings
Yohan Mendis st Dhanapala b Embuldeniya 64
Rashmika Opatha c Panditharatne b Ramanayake 124
Dilendra Gunatileke b Hettiarachchi 06
Ravindu Kodituwakku c and b Sandeepa 35
Yohan Perera run out 38
Sachitha Jayatilekee not out 50
Ravindu Tilekeratne not out 11
Extras (b10, lb7, nb3, w3 22
Total (5 wickets declared: 75 overs) 350
Fall of wickets – 1-197 (Opatha), 2-199 (Mendis), 3-219 (Gunatileke), 4-269 (Kodituwakku), 5-296 (Perera).
Bowling – Ronuka Jayawardena 2-0-10-0, Himesh Ramanayake 21-4-98-1, Helitha Vithanage 8-0-41-0, Duvindu Hettiatarachchi 16-4-55-1, Lasith Embuldeniya 12-3-42-1, Malith Kariyawasam 2-0-19-0, Geeshath Panditharatne 1-0-10-0, Ganith Sandeepa 13-0-58-1.

Royal 1st innings
Naveen Vidanapathirana not out 01
Ronuka Jayawardena not out 00
Total (0 wicket: 1 over) 01
Bowling – Sachitha Jayatileke 1-0-1-0.

High riding S. Thomas’ brimming with confidence

March 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Two of the country’s most prestigious schools–Royal College and S. Thomas’ College– will battle it out in the 137th Battle of Blues beginning from Thursday (March 10) at the SSC grounds.

The encounter deemed to be the second oldest inter-schools match to be played in the world after St. Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, Australia which began in 1878 also has the honour of staving off two World Wars which did not prevent this game from being played.

This time out the scales are very much in favour the seaside boys who have remained unbeaten while Royal has had their unbeaten record tarnished from the 21 matches that the two schools have played this season, in the run-up to their traditional match.

The tally in the series is 34 wins each with Royal coming out winners in 2013 under the leadership of Devin Pathmanathan while S. Thomas’ recorded their last win in the year 2007 when the side was led by Ashan Peiris.

S. Thomas’ led by Sachitha Jayatileke and coached by Dinesh Kumarasinghe are having one of their best seasons having recorded seven outright wins which is their best in the schools cricket history spanning nearly 140 years. The seven outright wins they recorded were against St. Anthony’s Katugastota, St. Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa, President’s Kotte, St. Benedict’s, Wesley, Nalanda and De Mazenod while securing first innings wins against Prince of Wales, Dharmapala, St. John’s Jaffna, DSS, St. Sylvester’s, Ananda, St. Peter’s, St. Sebastian’s, Trinity and Richmond and they lost on first innings to Thurstan, Richmond and St. Joseph’s.

Royal led by Geeshath Panditharatne on the other hand have been able to record only four outright wins against Royal Panadura, St. Anthony’s Katugastota, St. Joseph’s and De Mazenod. However they had their unbeaten record tarnished by Trinity.

Royal recorded first innings wins over St. John’s Jaffna, Richmond, Thurstan, St. Sebastian’s, Zahira, Mahanama Colombo, Ananda, St. Benedict’s, Maris Stella, Prince of Wales, Wesley and St. Aloysius and conceded first innings wins to St. Peter’s, Mahinda and Isipathana.

The two teams are oozing with talented players with the Thomian skipper Sachitha having in his ranks four centurions. He has the services of players in the caliber of Rashmika Opatha their top run getter this season who has scored over 850 runs inclusive of two tons and five half tons, Yohan Mendis (over 750 runs with a ton and four half tons), Ravindu Kodituwakku (over 700 runs with a ton and four half tons), Dilendra Gunatilke the other centurion who also has five half tons under his belt and skipper Sachitha himself who has made over 750 runs with seven half tons. Down the order there is Romesh Nallaperuma and Ravindu Tilekeratne who are capable of making useful contributions. So their batting has the depth and they have been in the forefront when the Thomians expected the best from them. It is left to be seen how they will confront the Royal bowlers in this crucial game.

The bowling will no doubt be spearheaded by skipper and left arm spinner Sachitha who has been their top wicket taker this season with over 75 scalps to his credit and with Ravindu Tilekeratne (59 wickets) could be the duo who would be the trouble makers for the Royal batsmen. Support will be expected from Dellon Peiris who has taken over 40 wickets, Senal de Silva 39 wickets, Dineth Kannangara 31 wickets and Yohan Perera to curtail the Royal batting.

Royal will pin their hopes on skipper Geeshath and his deputy Tiran Dhanapala who both have scored over 1000 runs. Geeshath tops their batting with over 1100 runs which includes three tons and three half tons while Tiran’s 1000 has four tons and four half tons.

The bowling attack will revolve around their top wicket taker and left arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya who is also the leading wicket taker this season having taken 118 wickets. He will be the thorn in the flesh of the Thomian batting. The two teams fight out the match for the D.S. Senanayake memorial shield and the match is sponsored by one of the island’s top mobile phone service providers Dialog Axiata.

Ishen, Sithara, Pavith put Thomians on top

March 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Ishen Perera cracked an unbeaten ton which had 15 boundaries while Sithara Hapuhinna hit 78 inclusive of 12 boundaries and three sixes and Pavith Ratnayake made 60 with eight boundaries and one six to put S. Thomas’ College on top against traditional rivals Royal College on day one of their Mini Battle played at Mt Lavinia.

S. Thomas’ asked to bat first were bolstered by two valuable partnerships–first of 88 runs for the second wicket between Sithara and Dulith Gunaratne and the other of 109 runs for the fifth-wicket between Ishen and Pavith–which helped post a formidable score of 335 for 7 declared.

Royal in their turn were made to struggle for their runs as they lost the top five wickets with just 53 runs on the board before ending the day in a bad position of 108 for 7.

S. Thomas’ 335 for 7 declared (Sithara Hapuhinna 78, Pavith Ratnayake 60, Dulith Gunaratne 37, Dineth Kannangara 21, Shenal Fernando 16, Ishen Perera 100 n.o.: Gayan Dissanayke 3 for 69)

Royal 108 for 7 (Krishikaran Raveendtanathan 18, Kavindu Marasinghe 48 n.o.: Shenal Fernando 2 for 19)


Bradby Review: Royal edge out Trinity in first-leg thriller

May 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


It was so close but yet so far for Trinity College. This was the tale of the first leg of the 71st Bradby Shield encounter when Royal College edged out Trinity 23 points (1 goal, 2 tries, 2 penalties) to 22 (2 goal, 1 try, 1 penalty) at the Trinity College Rugby Stadium at Pallekelle.

Trinity led 12-10 at the short breather.

As expected it was a close affair with Royal having the clear edge in the forwards play with a set of mobile forwards. But surprisingly none of their tries were scored by their forwards. Royal wheeled the scrum and pushed Trinity’s 8 a number of times. Royal pack leader Supun Warunakulasuriya was outstanding in attack. But the Trinitians led by skipper Isuru Rangala who stood up for the big occasion.

One advantage the “Lions” had was that they never went under pressure and cracked. Trinity on their part looked a yard faster in loose play. They grabbed the two opportunities that came their way while Royal was on attack. But when with ball Trinity, they ran out of options.

Trinity who have held the “Bradby Shield” for the last four years with some superb leadership by Murad Ramzeen, Kaneel Senevratne, Halique Wadood and Tharinda Ratwatte will need to come out with some “Black Magic” in order to topple the Royalist in their own den. The second leg is scheduled for May 23 at the Royal Sports Complex.

Trinity used the two opportunities that came their way scoring two running tries by scrum half Anuk Boyagoda and Rahula Kaunathilake in the first half. One of them was goalled by full back Saranga Gunatileke. Royal opened scoring through a penalty kick by Ovin Askey and then a try scored by Royal skipper Bhanuka Gamage with Askey reducing the deficit to two points to take the short breather at 10-12.

After the turnaround Royal scored in the very first minute of the second half when Trinity failed to clear the ball with Shabith Feroze, who had a grand outing, dashing through the right wing to score and take the lead. Royal scored again within minutes when winger Mahima Gamage touched down to take the lead to 23-12.

But Trinity did not give up and with matured leadership from Isuru Rangala they re-grouped and came back in striking distance. Then replacement fly-half Thusith Perera put over a penalty. One of the season’s highest try scorers, full back Saranga Gunatilake hit the peak with a try and Thusith converted to come within one point deficit.

With five minutes to go Trinity got a penalty within 35-meters, far left. They made a judgment error going with Thusith Perera who lacked distance. It was Sarana Gunatilke’s kick, who got the distance on earlier kicks though he lacked direction by just a narrow angle. Royal kept the ball within their powerful forwards and walked away with one of the closest win in the Bradby history.

Dinka Peiris who is officiating as a referee for the last decade did a remarkable job with the whistle. Before the commencement of the game Trinity 1978 skipper and Rugby “Lion” Janaka Kiridena was introduced to the two teams.

Royal rally in second half to enter semis

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


By M. Shamil Amit


Royal College, after being held in the first half to a score of just seven points by St Joseph’s, rallied in the second half to come out winners by 32 points to 19 in the third quarter final of the Milo President’s trophy knockout rugby tournament played at the Royal Sports Complex grounds in Reid Avenue yesterday.

The win saw Royal booking a berth to the semi finals as they made up their points through two goals, three tries and a penalty to the two goals and a try scored by St Joseph’s.

St Joseph’s who came into the game as underdogs gave the Royal side a torrid time to restrict them to seven points which they scored in the 17th minute through Supun Warnakulasuriya with Nimshan Jayawardena adding the extra points.

From there on the two sides shared the honours with the Josephians making sporadic moves and putting their opponents under tremendous pressure. The Josephians succeeded to penetrate their defence which ended in Viraj Perera going over for a try with Dulith Fernando making the conversion.

The turnaround saw Royal going into action and the increasing their lead in the first minute off an unconverted try by Warnakulasuriya which was his second of the match.

Eleven minutes later Nikila Gunasekera went over for a try helping Royal to further increase their lead and with Jayawardena making the conversion the Royalists led 19-7.

St Joseph’s undeterred went into the attack and succeeded to decrease the lead with burly Suchintha Udumalagala’s unconverted try six minutes later. The Darley Road boys’ gave the fancied Royal side some anxious moments but could not prevent from Warnakulasuriya going over for his third try of the match, and though the conversion was fluffed, Royal went into the lead further 24-12.

Moments later St Joseph’s third try followed with Stephan Gregory doing the honours and Sameesha Vihanga adding the extra points.

But Royal almost sealed the game six minutes away from the long whistle with a penalty booted over by Jayawardena and an unconverted try scored by Sajaad Irshad in the latter stages to come out victorious 32-19.

Referee – Priyantha Gunaratne.


Prince of Wales advance to semis

Prince of Wales advanced to the semi finals of the Premier trophy knockout rugby tournament with an easy 41 points to 28 win over Vidyartha in the quarter final played at the Royal Sports Complex ground in Reid Avenue yesterday.

The match which was played prior to the Royal and St Joseph’s saw Prince of Wales accumulating their points through four goals, two tries and a penalty as against to a goal, three tries and two penalties scored by Vidyartha.

Referee – Irshad Cader.


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