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141st Battle of the Blues ‘Play for a Cause’ endures its pledge to support four deserving schools

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Mahesh Nanayakkara, Co-Chair, Royal – Thomian Match Organising Committee, Asanka Perera, Sub Warden, S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, Navin Peiris, Vice President – Enterprise Business and Large Enterprise Sales, Dialog Axiata PLC, MAM Riyaz, Asst. Principal, Royal College, Colombo and Prasanna Fernando, Co-Chair, Royal – Thomian Match Organising Committee

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Royal – Thomian Match Organising Committee Members – Zulki Hamid, Anura Prashantha, Roshan Adams, Kumudu Warnakulasooriya and Aruna Shantha with the young cricketers from the four benefitting schools and Thevindu Senaratane, Captain of Royal College, Colombo and Manisha Rupasinghe, Vice-Captain of S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavina.

‘Play for a Cause’, the annual sustainability project of the ‘Battle of the Blues’, the annual cricket encounter between Royal College, Colombo, and S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, as tradition would gift cricket equipment to four deserving schools that are deficient in cricket equipment.

Girithalegama Maha Vidyalaya, Giritale, Sri Rathanajothi Vidyayathana Pirivena, Trincomalee, Menikdiwela Central College, Menikdiwela, and Harishchandra College, Negombo were selected as the worthy beneficiaries by the Royal-Thomian Cricket Joint Match Organising Committee under the aegis of the Principal of Royal College, Colombo, B. A. Abeyrathna and Warden of S. Thomas, College, Mt. Lavinia, Rev. Marc Billimoria.

In 2015, on the 136th edition of the Royal-Thomian, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC rekindled a long and successful partnership with Sri Lanka’s Blue-Ribbon Big Match, The Battle of the Blues and made a pledge to contribute 1,000 rupees for every run scored and 10,000 rupees for every wicket that fell during the match. This year’s exciting encounter contributed 1,008,000 rupees to the ‘Play for a Cause’ pledge. Since the inception of the ‘Play for a Cause’ pledge, inclusive of the 141st Battle of the Blues, 6,151,000 rupees worth of cricket gear has been donated to 22 deserving schools.

The ‘Battle of the Blues’ is one of the most celebrated school-level sports encounters in Sri Lanka and has a rich and colourful history and tradition spanning 141 years. It is also distinguished for holding the honour of being the second longest uninterrupted cricket series played in the world, second only to the annual encounter played between St. Peter’s College, Adelaide and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia, which began just a year earlier.



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Navy men and women record wins at Inter Club rugby matches

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The men’s and women’s rugby teams of the Navy secured two more wins in their encounters over the Air Force in the Sri Lanka Rugby Nippon Paint Inter Club League Rugby Tournament at the Navy Rugby Ground, Welisara.

Navy men scored a thrilling 32-31 victory over Air Force where T.M. Weerasinghe added points through three conversions and two penalties. Further, S.J.F. Gregory, R.A.N.U. Perera, M.A.F.M. Mushin and G.D.J. Laksara also made a try each.

In the meantime, Navy women recorded a comprehensive 55-0 win over their Air Force counterparts. In this encounter, A.H.S. Madumali scored three tries and collected points through five conversions. In addition, R.S.H. Kumari scored two tries and P. Dilani, M.R. Kumudumalee, G.G. Randunu and W.R.W. Vithana too scored a try each.

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Dinara, Sajida win first-round matches

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ITF Junior Circuit Week I Tournament

Dinara de Silva and Sajida Razick won their respective first-round matches of the ITF Junior Circuit Week I tournament which commenced at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.

De Silva beat Silvia Caliman of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round and Sajida Razick overcame India’s Gagana Mohal with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in her match.

The tournament is set to conclude on February 5.

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St. Anthony’s in command against Ananda

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Under 19 Cricket

Kaveesha Piyumal and Induwara Galapitage shocked Ananda sharing six wickets between them as St. Anthony’s, Katugastota contained the home team to 56 for eight wickets at stumps after posting a commanding 268 on day one of the Under 19 traditional match at Ananda Mawatha on Monday.

Mohomed Aaqil (73) and Kavindu Shehan (46) gave the hosts an ideal start adding 90 runs for the first wicket after they decided to bat first. Lahiru Abeysinghe, Rayan Anthonyzs and Janith Rathnasiri then made vital contributions for them to reach 268 runs.

In their essay home team were rocked by the visitors as Piyumal grabbed for wickets for 17 runs to rattle the middle order.

Scores:

St. Anthony’s

268 all out in 54 overs (Mohomed Aaqil 73, Kavindu Shehan 46, Lahiru Abeysinghe 47, Rayan Anthonyzs 27, Janith Rathnasiri 36, Charuka Ekanayake 21; Kithma Sithmal 3/86, Ashinsa Nainayake 2/57, Ayesh Shashimal 5/40)

Ananda

56 for 8 in 32 overs (Kaveesha Piyumal 4/17, Induwara Galapitage 2/11) (RF)

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