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Bens out to give another good display

by Chris Dhambarage

St. Benedict's College will be hoping to produce another outstanding performance when they take on S. Thomas' College in a key Elephant Lemonade Cup inter school cricket tournament match at Mount Lavinia starting today.

The Benedictines have experienced mixed fortunes in the current season but last week's historic win over St. Joseph's College have given them plenty of confidence. This time they will go in as the favourites and will be determined to upset the Thomians who had a close call in their previous outing.

The Thomians almost suffered their first defeat as they held on to a draw against Ananda on their home grounds. This time they will be determined to put up an improved batting performance after having collapsed to a disappointing 84 for 9 in their second innings.

Meanwhile St. Peter's will face a tough task when they confront Prince of Wales in another fixture at Bambalapitiya. The Peterites have failed to produce the results in the past couple of outings despite being on top in all departments. They possess a well balanced outfit with some experienced players but have failed to add the finishing touches at vital occasions.

St. Joseph's College will have some relief as they will be meeting the less fancied Wesley team in their annual encounter at Campbell Park. The Josephians after their shock defeat at the hands of St. Benedict's will be anxious to make amends with an improved performance. In fact the odds are heavily against the Wesleyites because their previous win against St. Joseph's was recorded way back in 1969.

Royal too will face a strong opposition as they will be up against the Nalandians at Reid Avenue. The two schools have always figured in some fascinating contests in the past few years after the series began in 1932.

However Royal lead the series with 12 wins against Nalanda's eight from 55 matches with 34 games ending in a draw. In addition one match was abandoned. Royal's previous win was in 1986 while the Nalandians had the honour of winning last years encounter.

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