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DS wins friendly battle in Australia

It was a highly anticipated contest to look forward to all year through as the talented boys of DS Senanayake College took on the competitive Mahanama team in the Battle of the Golds.

The inaugural T20 was held at the Fregon Reserve, Clayton, Australia recently the among hundreds of devoted fans who turned out to support their teams bearing flags of black, gold and white.

The event was organized by Black and Gold of Victoria led by its' President Mangala Banneyake and the Old Boys Association of Mahanama College in Victoria led by their president Champaka Somaratne with the aim of promoting friendly competition between the two rival teams.

Black and Gold of Victoria is a pioneering group of past pupils from DS Senanayake College who along with their great leadership and futuristic outlook has carried out events such as this to promote friendship and harmony among its members and their families. Therefore it was a fitting victory when the DS team emerged victorious at the recently held inaugural T20 cricket tournament.

DS started their winning streak when they won the toss and took the field with the aim of restricting Mahanama to a manageable total. They were led from the front by their captain, who handled his men on the field with such precision to limit Mahanama to a total of 81. With the target set, young men of DS proceeded to the pitch to bat with a win in mind.

What would have been a achievable target was made a challenge when DS lost quick wickets leaving the audience testing their patience and nerves. With the match on the line, the remaining two at the wicket balanced solid defence, respecting good balls, with a run-scoring mindset as DS emerged victorious with two overs to spare. Kosala Kuruppuarachchi, a former Sri Lankan national test player from DS Senanayake College was the match referee for this T20 encounter.

Black and Gold of Victorias' efforts of making this event a success turned out to be a riveting contest allowing flag bearers of black and gold head home with elation. Not surprisingly, after such a memorable performance, the confidence of young men from DS and Black and Gold of Victoria will not subside quickly.

Also on the field was a friendly contest on invitation by Black and Gold of Victoria where young ladies from Visakha and Museus College battled it out for the Battle of the Blues. A thrilling victory by Visakha brought much joy to all Visakhian fans present at the venue.

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