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Etisalat powers 134th Battle of the blues

Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd will power the 134th edition of the “Battle of the Blues” between Royal College Colombo and S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia for the fourth consecutive year.


Royal's acting skipper Milan Abeysekara shakes hands with Thomian skipper Javed Bongso beside the D.S.Senanayake Memorial Sheild and Mustangs Trophy during the Press Conference held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel on Wednesday. Pictures by Nissanka Wijeratne

The annual encounter, populary known as the “Royal - Thomian” has been played by the two schools from 1879. The three day match is acknowledged to be the second oldest uninterrupted cricket match in the world.

The battle of this rivalry will take place on March 7, 8 and 9 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Grounds Colombo for the prestigious D.S.Senanayake Memorial Shield and the 38th one dayer for the “Mustangs Trophy” will be on March 16 at the same venue.

The Director / CEO of Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd Dumindra Ratnayake said at a press briefing at Cinnamon Grand Hotel on Wednesday that after three highly successful years, Etisalat is proud to be associated with the “Battle of the Blues” for the fourth consecutive year. “The association with this leading ‘Big Match’ encounter is in keeping with our goal to uplift and encourage school cricket across Sri Lanka”. He said Etisalat not only associates with the Royal-Thomian but several other projects of the two schools. Etisalat not only sponsors cricket, but rugby, golf and chess as sports builds character , instills discipline and inspire them to reach their life goals.He said its great to see the passion and healthy sportsmanship displayed by players at the Royal-Thomian and he is looking forward to a fascinating match between these two giants of School Cricket.

Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara said they are greatful to Etisalat for Sponsoring the 134th Battle of the Blues and the 38th “Mustangs Trophy”. The Royal-Thomian promotes healthy rivalry and cameraderie between the players of the two schools and produces cricket of high standard and its also a social event where the old boys meet their former school friends.

S.Thomas’ College Warden Indra de Soysa stated that the Royal-Thomian is the biggest cricket match in the island where the match is played in the true spirit and promotes healthy rivalry.

He said this year the encounter should be another close affair played in the best traditions of the Royal-Thomian and wished both teams success.

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