Cambrians and Sebs to battle after two years

(L-R): Rev. Fr. Herman Eranga - Middle School In-charge, St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa (SSC); Rev. Fr. Samesh Anthony - Prefect of Games (SSC); Rev. Fr. Sharm Dassanayake - Vice Rector (SSC); Rev. Fr. Sanjeewa Mendis – Rector (SSC)]; Lasantha Theverapperuma, Chief Digital Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC; Dimuthu Derannagoda – Principal, Prince of Wales’ College (POWC); Preethi Kumara Fernando – Chairman Big Match Committee (POWC); Mahinda Jayaweera – Secretary Old Boys Association (POWC); and Sisira Chandrapala – Secretary Big Match Organizing Committee(POWC).

The 71st edition of the Battle of the Golds Big Match between archrivals, St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa will be played after a lapse of two years with the Dialog Axiata PLC sponsorship. The ‘Battle of the Golds is scheduled to be played at De Soysa Stadium, Moratuwa with spectators to the capacity of 50% on January 14 and 15. The 36th Limited Overs Big Match between these two teams is scheduled to be played on the following day at the same venue.

“The coaches of the teams, support staff, umpires and match-officials will operate from a bio-secure environment for seven days strictly in adherence to COVID-19 protocols under the supervision of the Regional Health Services,” the organizers said in a press release.

The Cambrians will be led by middle order batsman, Dinura Fernando while the Sebastianites will play under the captaincy of stumper of the side, Sukitha Prasanna. Cricketers from both schools have represented the game at the highest level, including 1996 World Cup winner Romesh Kaluvitharana and Sri Lanka Captain Duleep Mendis. The current players representing Sri Lanka include Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama and Amila Aponsu, all of whom are from St. Sebastian’s and Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne are from Cambrians.

As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made arrangements to LIVE stream the Limited Overs match via, Dialog VIU mobile app and will also be shown LIVE on Dialog TV Channel 140. The tally between the two schools presently stands at six wins for the Cambrians and three wins for the Sebastianites.

St. Sebastian’s College is the present holder of the cup, having last won it in 2011 under the captaincy of Sanitha De Mel. In the last encounter, the two-day Big Match ended in a tame draw, while the Cambrians secured a hard-fought five run victory (D/L) at the rain disturbed one day encounter.

In the limited over encounters, the Sebastianites lead with 17 wins to the Cambrians’ 15 with one tie and two abandoned games.