Royal out to give Joes a strong fight
Royal College will be hoping to bring an end to a sixteen year long
wait when they take on St. Joseph’s College in their 112th annual inter
school under 19 cricket tournament match which begins at the newly laid
turf in Darley Road today.
Royal College had the better of St. Joseph’s College way back in 1993
and since then they have failed to break the deadlock. The match will be
of great significance for Royal coach Gamini Perera who in fact was the
captain of the 1993 victorious side.
In contrast St. Joseph’s College had the satisfaction of overcoming
Royal College during the 2005 inter school cricket season under the
captaincy of Hashan Gunatilleke. The Josephians have certainly dominated
the series between the two schools with a total of 27 victories to their
credit against their opponents 20.
But this time Royal College seem to have a great chance of pulling
off the game considering their present form and the amount of experience
available in the side. They are also fresh after a morale boosting
outright victory over Nalanda College having earlier triumphed against
St. Sebastian’s College.
In contrast St. Joseph’s College have recorded outright victories
against two weak opponents Isipatana College and Maris Stella College,
Negombo while drawing against Wesley, St. Sebastian’s, St. Benedict’s
and D. S. Senanayake College.
This match should turn out to be a battle between Royal’s formidable
batting line up and the Josephian bowling attack which has looked quite
impressive throughout the season.
The key player will be Bhanuka Rajapaksa who has turned out to be one
of the most consistent players for Royal along with Kithruwan Withanage
and Sri Lanka under 19 cap Kusal Janith Perera.
This time however they will be up against the four pronged pace
attack comprising of Chaturanga Kumara, Trishen Rajasuriya, Nishika de
Silva and Dinal Dhambarage. They will be joined by skipper Shameera
Weerasinghe who has developed into a fine all rounder in the side.
Will Ananda make six in a row
Ananda College will be chasing a record sixth outright victory in a
row when they confront S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia in another key
inter school under 19 tournament fixture which commences at Ananda
The Anandians are on a rampage this season having notched up five
successive victories against D. S. Senanayake College, Lumbini MV,
Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala, St. Peter’s College and Richmond
College, Galle respectively.
The Thomians too will take the field brimming with confidence having
defeated Isipatana College outright by four wickets in their previous
encounter. Even then the Anandians will be the favourites to pull off
this game considering their present form and the all round capabilities.
Captained by Sri Lanka under 19 wicket keeper batsman Dinesh
Chandimal Ananda College have looked unbeatable this season apart from
their high profile match against St. Peter’s College which they scraped
through by a narrow margin.
The pressure no doubt will be on S. Thomas’ College who will be up
against a tough opposition for the first time in the current inter
school season. The biggest challenge will come from the left arm spinner
Matheesha Perera who has been the most successful bowler for Ananda
The Thomians will depend heavily on their three most experienced
players Chamal Fonseka, Saleem and Nilushan who have rescued them on
more than a couple of occasions this season.
Petes depend on bowlers
St. Peter’s College will be looking to maintain their outstanding
form when they take on Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa in their inter
school under 19 cricket tournament match which begins at Bambalapitiya
The Peterites seem to have recovered following their shock defeat at
the hands of Ananda College and have bounced back into recognition with
a ten wicket victory against St. Sebastian’s College.
The strength in the Peterite camp will be their bowling attack which
has shown the capability of dismissing the opposition twice for low
scores. Their biggest achievement this season probably came when they
skittled out the Anandians for a paltry 59 runs in the first innings.
This was mainly due to some magnificent bowling from Vinod Perera,
Niroshana Perera and Chamara Peiris who will be keen to carry on with
their excellent work with the ball. The Cambrians too have a very good
side on paper and they did prove this by rattling up over three hundred
runs in the match against D. S. Senanayake College last week.