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Battle of the Lovers:

Richmond-Mahinda clash for 105th time

The 105th "Battle of the Lovers" between Richmond College and Mahinda College will be played at the Galle International Cricket stadium on March 19 and 20 commencing at 9.30 a.m.

Of the matches played so far Richmond College have won 21 matches while Mahinda College have won 22 and the rest have ended in draws. During the World War time (four years) no matches were played.

In 1905 the Battle of the Lovers (Richmond College and Mahinda College) started. At that time Principal of Richmond College was Fr. J. H. Darrel while the Principal of Mahinda College was Frank Lee Woodward. The first match was played at Public Playground, Galle.

This time the match is organized by the Principal Richmond College, E. M. S. Ekanayake, cricket coach D. Damith Prasanna and the Principal Mahinda College, R. M. Werahera and the cricket coach K. M. D. Prasad.

Kusal Praboda captains the Richmond College team while Denuwan Rajakaruna captains the Mahinda College team which includes two Sri Lanka Youth players Romesh Buddhika and Denuwan Rajakaruna.

Richmond too has a Sri Lanka Youth player in their ranks - Yasodha Lanka.

Richmond College Cricket Team: First Raw seated (from left): Yasodha Lanka, Taranga Indika (coach), Irosh Samarasuriya (Vice Captain), E. M. S. Ekanayake (Principal), Kusal Praboda (Captain), Damith Prasanna (Teacher in-charge Cricket), Dananjaya de Silva. Back row (standing) (from left): Hasitha Madushan, Pabasara Waduge, Kalana Sasanka, Sandaru Danthanarayana, Chamod Piyumal, Supun Dissanayake, Danushka Jayawardene, Dileep Priyadharshana, Suraj Palliyaguru, Charith Priyadharshana, Mahesh Sandaruwan. Picture by Richmond Wijesekera, Bentota Group Correspondent Mahinda College Cricket Team: Front raw (seated): (from left): Taraka Nimesh, Harsha Munasinghe (Coach), K. Wimalasena (Vice Principal, Sports), Kawshalya Gajasinghe (Vice Captain), R. M. Werahera (Principal), Denuwan Rajakaruna (Captain), K. M. D. Prasad (Cricket in-charge Teacher), Rumesh Buddhika, Nisala Taraka. Standing (from left): Chandu Piripun, Sohan Kariyawasam, Chalana de Silva, Udara Jayasanka, Dilan Buddika, Sachith Lakmal, Hasitha Sandanuwan, D. Sampath, Dimuthu Ruwan, Supun Chanaka, Indira Gallage, Nirwantha Tikshila, Hashan Kumuditha. Picture by Richmond Wijesekera, Bentota Group Correspondent

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