104th 'Battle of the Maroons' :
Rajans have chance of winning against Kingswoodians
Dharmaraja College (Back row standing from left): S.M.K.G. de
Silva, K.N. Rajapaksa, H.M.L. Herath, Arosha Jayatilaka, Viraj
Karaputugala, W.L.S. Weerarathna. (Middle row standing from
left): S.K. Nakkavita, S.W.G.M.K.B. Wijekoon, R.A.T.L.
Ranasinghe, K.A.S. Kalubowila, K.T.D. Jayasinghe, Sasith
Gunasekera, Chamalka Abeyrathna, D.H. Munaweera, Nuwan
Karunarathna, Sandun Weerakkody. (Seated from left): T.D.S.
Silva, Ananda Wijesekera (Coach), Rahula Ekanayaka
(Vice-Captain), S.K. Mataraarachchi (Prefect of Games), S.M.
Keerthiratna (Principal), Ramesh Bandara (Captain), K.M.
Seneviratne (Master-in-Charge), Prathap de Silva.
Pic: Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr.
Kingswood College (Standing from left): Tharanga Jayawardena, S.
Chalaka Walisundera, Chamila Gunasekera, Thusitha
Kandanaarachchi, Madusha Premawardena, Vasindu Atukorala,
Dulanjith Pratapasinghe, Rashminda Sandaruwan, Ravindra Srilal,
Hasitha Dharmaprema, Kawinda Rabel, Mahesh Dunukara, Devinda
Weeratunga, Lakshita Madushan, Thilina Karunaratne, Hasitha
Weerakoon. (Seated from left): Sunil Herath (Master-in-Charge),
Suboda Premaratne, Udara Hettige (Captain), Rajith Chandrasekera
(Principal), Lahiru Gannoruwa, Ananda Weerasooriya (Prefect of
Games), Suresh Pieris (Coach).
- Pic: Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr.
CRICKET: If the current season's performance is the criteria to go
by, then Dharmaraja College should come out with honours in their 104th
'Kandy's Battle of the Maroons' which will be played at the Asgiriya
Stadium in Kandy next Friday and Saturday (March 5th and 6th). Play will
commence at 9.45 a.m. on the first day and at 9.30 a.m. on the second
This match which will played for the T.B. Tennakoon challenge shield
is the oldest big match in the hill capital dating back to 1893 when
members of the staff also played in the match.
A peep into the records indicate that the Dharmaraja are in the lead
with 31 wins and the Kingswoodians have won it 19 times while the rest
of the matches have ended in draws. In fact the last time a decision was
reached in this series was way back in 1980 when Janaka Mendis led
Dharmaraja to a memorable win when the match was played at Police
grounds, Kandy. There has been a stalemate of 29 draws in a row. The
Kingswoodians last victory came 52 years ago when former Daily News
Schoolboy Cricketer of the year led them to victory in 1958 also at
Police grounds, Kandy. The first centurian in the series is P.L. Arthur
Alwis who 121 in 1942 and also captured a match bag of 9 for 39 to lead
the Rajans to Victory. The highest individual score in the series stands
to the credit of former Rajans coach Senaka Dissanayake who made 201 in
the year 1982.
Kingswoodians led by allrounder Udara Hettige have undergone a very
lean season as they have played 14 matches, won 0, lost 4 and drawn the
rest. Their dismal performance is due to the fact the senior players
have not performed well with both bat and the ball. They could only hope
that they will rise up to the occasion and help the side to salvage
The Rajans led by fourth year player Ramesh Bandara have a better
record of winning 1 match, losing 1 and drawing the rest. Their win has
been against Sri Sumangala College, Panadura while their loss was
against Ananda College two weeks ago. They have a chance of winning
With the weather keeping fine in the hill capital, two full days of
cricket is in store for the cricket fans.
DHARMARAJA COLLEGE: (from) Ramesh Yapa Bandara (Captain), Rahula
Ekanayake (Vice Captain), Pratap Silva, Tharaka Silva, Hemal Munaweera,
Kavinda Wijekoon, Sadun Weerakoddy, Sanjay Kalubowila, Nuwan Karunaratne,
Lahiru Herath, Sasanka Nakkawita, Sumith Gunasekera, Tilina Ranasinghe,
Chandima Abeyratne, L.S. Weeraratne, Hilupal Rajapakse, Arosha
Jayatillake, K.T.D. Jayasinghe, Viraj Karaputugala.
KINGSWOOD COLLEGE: (from) Udara Hettige (Captain), Lahiru Gannoruwa,
(Vice Captain), Yasintha Athukorale, Imesh Babel, Subodha Premaratne,
Hasitha Premaratne, Lakshitha Madhushan, Madhushan Premawardena, Tilina
Karunaratne, Chaminda Weeratunga, Rashminda Sandaruwan, Shaluka
Walisundera, Nisitha Weerakoon, Basitha Kandanarachchi, Chamila
Gunsekera, Mahesh Dunukara, Dulanjith Prathapasinghe.