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“Battle of the Saints” on March 6 and 7

Posted on 24 February 2015 by admin

Battle of the saints 2015 Courtesy: Thushan Jayasuriya – Daily News.

 The 81st annual "Battle of the Saints" big match between Sri Lanka's most prominent Catholic Schools St.Joseph's College and St.Peter's College will be played on March 6 and 7 at P.Sara Oval Stadium. This was revealed at a media briefing held at St.Peter's College on Monday. For the first time, a joint organizing committee has formed with the objective of attract more crowd for the two day encounter. St. Joseph's College rector Rev.Fr. Travis Gabriel addressing the media stated that this event will build a strong bond, friendship and unity as a one catholic family which will be the salient feature of this big event played for the Rev. Fr. Maurice Legoc memorial trophy. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tony Opatha, the Peterite Captain in 1967 will be the Chief guest for the big match encounter. The Rector of the St.Peter's College Trevoe Martin explaining the rules and regulations said " As per the special conditions since 2000, the first innings of both teams will be limited to 60 overs.

Each team will bowl 60 overs irrespective of interruption of unless all out. However the team has the options of declaring within the 60 overs and the team batting second could be enforced to follow-on at the end of the 60 overs even if they are 100 runs behind though they are not all out." St.Peter's College will be hosting the two day big match while St.Joseph's College will host the 41st limited over encounter which will take place on March 14 at R.Premadasa Stadium. Prasan Leanage who was the Joes Captain in 1989 will be the chief guest in this event. The Josephians are leading the series tally with 12 victories where they scored their last win in 2008 under the captaincy of Ruwantha Fernandopulle while the Peterites have nine victories in their hand with their last win in 2012 under the captaincy of Shehan Fernando. Once again the Joes leads the overall tally winning 21 to Pete's 17 in the limited over game.

The St.Joseph's College Rector also said that there's a vehicle parade for the old boys of both schools which is to be held on March 14 parallel to the one day encounter and the schoolboys of both schools have been advised not to attend it. Mercantile Investments and Finance will be the main sponsor for this event.

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1984 Peterite Rugby Team included Toronto based Viraj Fernando & Crofton Joseph

Posted on 21 February 2015 by admin

Peterite Rugby Team 1984

Thirty Years of Reminiscing the Peterite Rugby Side of 1984 – Courtesy: Marlon Dale Ferreira.

The schools rugby season may have ended and with it the Peterites can certainly hold their heads high after a splendid performance this year. But the celebrations of the Peterites took a different twist commencing last weekend when after 30 long years the rugby side of 1984 gathered to reminisce the golden era where they donned the blue, white and gold jersey with aplomb. This is the very same side that almost pulled off a stunning win against Trinity in Kandy itself, to end a barren run of 44 years only to lose 9/4 at the stroke of full time. Some quarters to date claim that referee Tony Amit stole the thunder off these amazing players that day, when he played many minutes of extra time which eventually resulted in Trinity scoring a face saving try at the end to win.

Team members of that brilliant side have gathered together in Colombo to regroup and bring back nostalgic memories with a series of “get togethers” commencing 20th June. Players of that team who reside as far as Canada, the Unites States of America, Australia and New Zealand have congregated as one and even travelled together to Kandy to witness that famous encounter thirty years later. The result this year around would certainly have brought back many a memory.

Back in ‘84 the side was led by Viraj Fernando and was coached by the evergreen Frank Hubert who was in his second year in the role replacing the late Archibald Perera. Hubert, who in former years Captained St Peter’s, Havelocks and Sri Lanka, was ably assisted by Orville Fernando, the Peterite, Havies and Sri Lanka forward as well as Shanaka Abeywickrema. The late Austin Fernando was the Master in Charge of the team.

Many players of that side continue to say even today, that they simply attended school just to play rugby as it was their first love and combined with some solid friendships within their team mates that continue till today. Frank Hubert motivated this side in such a manner that he was able to get the optimum out of each player. His sound teachings on Peterite rugby history, culture, and heritage were of immense value and being a reputed referee at that time, imparted the rules of the game meticulously. The strict paces that the team went through with some rigid road runs past the bambalapitiya flats and down Lauries Road passed the famous “De Silva’s residence” were just part of a fitness programme that eventually had them absolutely super fit throughout the season.

The first fifteen squad was made up of Props, Illanguwan Dharmalingam and Bhagwan Mohinani. Stewart Schneider-Loos was their amiable hooker who switched to the role of prop when needed. Mohamed Misverdeen who later went on to represent Sri Lanka at the under 24 level ended up captaining the University of Colombo and also represented the CH&FC and Sampath Gomez played as second row.  The back row was manned by the crack “crash tackler” Chrishan Fernando, Balkan Rayen, the brother of famous Sri Lanka forward Hubert and Dave Croon. Niranjan “Kitty” Wimalasena, the younger brother of “Pusa” Prasanna Wimalasena also vied for the hookers berth. The young Kevin Rasquinho was was contending for the third row berth. Some quarters confirm that the versatile and robust tackler Rasquinho went onto skipper the Jamaican 7’s side in the early 90’s. Nilantha Silva who was a reserve came on during games and always created an impression with his brilliant play. Ramsey Decker was the replacement number 8 and Nilantha Pullenayagam played as a very strong wing forward.

~~The scrumhalf position was shared during the season by Colin Franke, and the talented, nippy, late Rowan Gunasekera. Skipper Viraj Fernando was their dynamic fly half and played as center from time to time. Rohan Paiva another talented player, also manned the position of fly half.  Jerome Brohier was the inside center (the try score scorer against Trinity) and Graham Raux the outside center who ended up playing for Sri Lanka. Tyronne Fernando was a handy outside and also ran on for his school.

The wingers’ positions were held by Royce Buultjens, better known for his cricketing heroics, and Rajith Abeygunawardena the eventual captain of the record breaking side of 1985. Crofton Joseph manned the last line of defense and was their ever reliable place kicker whilst Ravi Dirckze completed the squad and also occupied the position of full back and chipped in as winger when needed.

The ever famous grade 12 English Commerce class room at school was located directly above the chapel and was considered the “first fifteen rugby room” where many gathered during the day to discuss how the team was progressing and plan out strategies and game plans for their eagerly awaited next encounter.

During that year the Peterites received stiff opposition from some of the other prominent school teams. S. Thomas’ fielded Jeremy John and Asanga Seneviratne, Royal had Sampath Agalawatte, Janaka Lenaduwa, Ajith Weeratunga, Chiro Nanayakkara, Ajith Gunasekera & Feroze Suhaib. Isipathana fielded Nizam Jamaldeen, Shabeen Siddik and Sanath Martis whilst Trinity provided Sivaji Subramanium, Ikram Odayar, Dilakshan Ratwatte, Manoj Jayatissa, Roger Halangoda & Ravi Pillai. St Anthony’s completed the line up with Priyantha Ekanayake whilst St Joseph’s had Michael Perera.

Two league games that were of importance during the season were the games against the Thomians and the Trinitians. The game against the Thomians was played for the second year around for the coveted Archibald Perera trophy that the Peterites had lost the previous year. Regaining that trophy was also of utmost importance and the “Bamba Boys” were unfortunately held to a 7 all draw against the “Mount Lads” to hand back the trophy to the mount school for yet another year.

The second and all important game was against Trinity at Bogambara where the Peterites had lost that encounter for 44 straight years on the trot. The Trinitians were a star-studded side, while the Petes were a confident team after their draw against S. Thomas’s the previous week. The Peterites drew first blood when off a move set up by scrum half Rowan Gunasekara who passed on to skipper Fernando who eventually off loaded a pass for Jerome Brohier to score an unconverted try. With the score of a try then being four points, the Petes led 4 nil at the breather.

The Peterites with eight minutes to go for full time were still holding on to their lead when Chrishan Fernando had to leave the field due to an injury. Trinity reduced the deficit to a single digit when they were awarded a penalty which was put over with ease. Trinity then unleashed many a move to thwart the Peterites from taking this game away from them with minutes remaining on the clock. Nevertheless referee Amit kept the game flowing when it appeared that the game had ended long before and he himself had forgotten to blow the long whistle. Trinitian Sivaji Subramanaiam barged over to score a try in semi darkness which was eventually converted to give the Trinitians an amazing come back from behind to win in this game 9/4.

~~Frank Hubert, who was distraught with referee Tony Amit’s handling of the game, threw in the towel as a reputed referee himself after this game. Hubert himself being a Peterite holds this encounter close to his heart. Way back in 1973 his kick at goal hit the cross bar and with it the Petes were prevented from beating the lions. His decision to quit refereeing eventually deprived him from blowing in the “Rugby Asiad” later on. Players of that team still hold Hubert in high regard to date and it is also a known fact that Hubert does not regret his decision.

Later on during the season, St. Peter’s had the honour of ending up as runners up in the school rugby 7’s tournament losing to the far superior Royal College side on the day. The Peterites trounced a gallant Thomian outfit in the Quarter Final and beat Trinity College in the semifinal which they considered as sweet revenge for their earlier league game loss.

In 1984, the team also featured in a famous friendly game against a star studded Old Peterites side of yesteryear. The game was played to commemorate the 2nd death Anniversary of the late Archibald Perera and also to bid adieu to another Peterite legend, Rodney Patternot who was immigrating to Australia. Fittingly it was Mrs. Archibald Perera who was invited as the chief guest in the game that was blown by B.K. Ramachandran.

The side had the honour of having four players namely Rajith Abeygunawardena, Illanguwan Dharmalingam, Royce Buultjens and Stewart Schneider-Loos selected to represent Colombo Schools against the Outstation Schools at the conclusion of the season for the Gratien Cup which was refereed by the late Jeffrey De Jong. In the junior encounter Rohan Paiva was selected to lead the Colombo Schools side which also included Rowan Gunasekara and Ramsay Dakkar.

Chrishan Fernando the dynamic flanker of the ‘84 who witnessed many of the Peterite games this season said “the Petes should have played sans the selfish and unfit No. 10, Shamri Burah in the match against Trinity at Pallakele last Saturday. They should have taken a cue from the Pathana match when after Burah limped off the field the team gelled well under the leadership of the stand-in captain. The ball travelled down the line almost running the opposition off their feet making the hitherto unbeaten Pathanians look a mediocre and jaded side .  Had a few more committed tackles been made, especially on the Pathana No. 8, the Peterites would have pulled off a stunning victory that day.  However, against all odds, they drew the game and could have easily emulated the same against Trinity to pull off a victory.  This is a view accepted by my team mate Rajitha Abeygoonawardena the captain of the SPC ’85 side.  However, the performance against the top sides the Petes played were draws against Kingswood and Isipathana and two losses to Trinity 29/22 and Royal 18/5. These losses could easily have been turned into victories had commitment and character been shown to make the right changes at the right time, as this game demands. Fernando added that the late Peterite stalwart, Coach Archibald Perera gave Rugger the acronym “Rugged, Ugly, Double Guts (Guts, Guts), Entertainment, Recreation” to describe what this sport is all about and all rugby enthusiasts probably should take a cue from this to play the game in the true spirit.


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Peterites register their seventh win by beating Antonians

Posted on 21 February 2015 by admin


~~Yet another fine all-round performance by St Peter's to win by 7 wickets against St Anthony's College Kandy.

St Peter's College played their final match of the season against St Anthony's College. Toss was won by the visitors who Selected to bat first. It was a constant struggle for the visitors as the Peterite bowlers kept on taking wickets and keeping it tight on the field. Speedster Randel Seneviratne gave them a good start with taking quick wickets in the first few overs. He finished with figures of 3 for 22, continuing his good form from the last match. With the bat it was Damithra Panditharatne  held the innings together somewhat with Pulasthi Bandara who scored 57 and 43 respectively. Other than these two batters it was not much contributions from the other batters. Left arm off spinner Ashanth Malka bagged 3 wickets for 16 runs and Taneesha Weerakoon took 3 wickets for 52 runs.  St Anthony's were bundled out for 155 runs in 56.3 overs. Peterite bowlers yet again proving their talent out their in the field.

St Peter's came on to bat in the second session of day one. Opening batsman Dineth Thimodya gave them a flying start as he was stroking the ball sweetly. Been the highest scorer for them this season, he made sure that he add more to his run tally in the last match. He was out for a quick fire 72 giving Peterites the start they wanted. At the end of day one the score board stood at 191 for 5. They took on from they left and kept scoring runs at ease. In form wicket keeper batsman Lakshina Rodrigo got close yet again to his second century but fell short by just 7 runs as he was dismissed for a brilliant 93.  Sachin Dalpadathu chipped in with 47 runs helping St Peter's to post a massive first innings total of 284 for the loss of 7 wickets before captain Chandula Jayamanna decided to put the visitors bat. It was team effort by the home team with almost all the batters chipping in with cameos to post this massive total.  With the ball Buwaneka Wijetunge took 2 for 59 and  Dilan Bandara took 2 for 65.

St Anthony's came on to bat in their second innings trailing by 128 runs, which doesn't look like much but against this strong bowling attack of St Peter's anything over a 100 runs is always gonna be hard chase to overcome. They were struggling yet again as the home side kept pushing hard at the batters. Ashanth Malka was lethal yet again on the visitors bagging a fifer and increasing his wicket tally for this season. He ended with figures of 5 for 37, bagging 8 wickets from the two innings. Their leading wicket taker Vinu Mohotti took 2 for 22 while Taneesha Weerakoon bagged 2 wickets for 25 runs. They were bundled out for just 155 runs in 75.5 overs giving the home side a target of just 38 runs. With the bat it was Kanishka Uggalpaya who helped them with a handy half century and Yapa Bandara chipped in with 32 runs. At the end it was not enough for the visitors to save the match.

St. Peter's College had to score these runs quickly because the time was running out. They took only 3 overs but lost 3 wickets along the way. The end result is what matters, the fact that they won the match and ended this season in a high will give them immense satisfaction and confidence heading to their big match against the star studded St Joesph's College.

St. Anthony’s 155 all out in 56.3 overs (Damithra Panditharatne 57, Pulasthi Bandara 43, Dilan Bandara 26; Ashanth Malka 3/16, Randel Seneviratne 3/22, Taneesha Weerakoon 3/52) and 166 all out in 75.5 overs (Kanishka Uggalpaya 52, Yapa Bandara 31, Buwaneka Wijetunga 30; Ashanth Malka 5/37, Vinu Mohotti 2/22, Taneesha Weerakoon 2/25)

St. Peter’s (191 for 5 o/n) 283 for 7 decl. in 53.3 overs (Dineth Thimodya 72, Lakshina Rodrigo 93, Sachin Dalpethado 37, Manelka De Silva 27, Vinu Mohotti 33 n.o.; Buwaneka Wijetunga 2/59, Dilan Bandara 2/65) and 40 for 3 in 3 overs (Lakshina Rodrigo 22 n.o.)

~~Lakshina Rodrigo Fashions Peterite Win.

Two exhilarating innings (93 and 22 n.o) by Peterite wicket keeper batsman Lakshina Rodrigo who had a fine day behind the stumps and with the bat helped St.Peter's defeat St.Anthony's Katugasthota by 7 wickets in their Singer under19 school cricket match played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.

The Peterites who had to get 39 runs in 5 mandatory overs romped home when Lakshina Rodrigo (22 n.o.) the top scorer in the first innings blasted the Antonian attack to score the required runs in 3 overs.

The Antonians going in for the second time with a deficit of 128 were all out for 166. Kanishka Uggalpaya (52), Yapa Bandara (31) and Buwaneka Wijetunga (30) were the main scorers for the Katugastota school. Ashant Malaka took 5 for 37 for the Peterites.

Brief scores.

St.Anthony's College, Katugastota 155 (Damitha Panditharatne 57, Pulasthi Bandara 43, Ashant Malka 3 for16, Randel Seneviratne 3 for 22, Thaneesha Weerakoon 3 for 52) and 166 (Kanishka Uggalpaya 52, Yapa Bandara 31, Buweneka Wijeratne 30, A.Malka 5 for 37, Thaneesha Weerakoon 2 for 25, Vinu Mohotty 2 for22)

St.Peter's College 191 for 5 over night 283 for 7 declared (Dineth Thamodya 72, Lakshina Rodrigo 93, Sachin Dalpadadu 37, Manelka de Silva 27, Vinu Mohotti 33 n.o., DilanBandara 2 for 65, Buwaneka Wijetunga 2 for 59) and 41 for 3 in 3 overs ( Lakshina Rodrigo 22 n.o)





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SHELLEY BLAKE All-Ceylon, Havelocks & Peterite Rugby star

Posted on 20 February 2015 by admin

Shelley Blake in
BLAKE, Malcolm Shelley – Peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Seven Oaks Nursing Home in Toronto with family by his side.

Malcolm (Shelley), loving husband to Pamela, beloved father of Wendy and Steve and his wife Nanette. Dear Pappa to Sean, Aaron, Nicholas and Stewart. Dear brother to Willie, Maureen, James (Jumbo), Jean, Estelle and June. He will be missed by his relatives and friends. Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., on Saturday, February 21st from 1-5 p.m.

Complete Funeral Service to be held at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 410 Goldhawk Trail (off Alton Towers Cir.), on Sunday, February 22nd at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated. Cremation to follow.

Shelley was an All-Ceylon Rugby player (1954) and played alongside the late Augo Paiva, Maurice Perera, Summa Navaratnam and others. He had his baptism to rugby at his alma mater St. Peter’s College (1949/1950/1951) and then represented Havelocks Sports Club as a full back in the fifties. Shelley was employed at Shell Company in Colombo prior to his immigration to Canada in the early seventies.

May his Soul Rest in Peace!


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Taneesha Weerakoon spins St Peter’s to sixth outright win

Posted on 18 February 2015 by admin

SPC TEAM 2015An impressive match bag of 11 for 64 by right arm spinner Taneesha Weerakoon helped St Peter’s to record an innings and 36 runs win over Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter concluded at Surrey Village ground, Maggona yesterday.

St Peter’s having ended on top on day one continued their dominance as they declared on the overnight score of 241 for 9 in reply to the Sokians 105.

Dharmasoka MV batting the second time with a deficit of 136 runs fared no better as Taneesha who ended with figures of 6 for 30 and Ashan Malka supporting him with a four wicket haul combined to bowl the Sokians out for 100. This was  their sixth outright win of the season.


  • Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda 105 (Sachin Divangana 33: Randel Seneviratne 5 for 29, Taneesha Weerakoon 5 for 34) and 100 (Kaveesha Kumara 25, Ishara Mendis 20: Taneesha Weerakoon 6 for 30, Ashanth Malka 4 for 40)
  • St Peter’s 241 for 9 declared (Hashan Wanasekera 74, Sachin Dalpathadu 69, Didulana Medis 24: Anjana Mawan 4 for 42)

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Peterite Cricket team on a roll this year

Posted on 17 February 2015 by admin

SPC Cricket XI 2015The Peterite Cricket team is fast turning into a "dream team". With a tally of seven wins so far including wins against Wesley, Trinity, Royal and St. Anthony's College Kandy – the Peterite XI is going from strength to strength in this year's inter-school games. In most games the team scored over 200 runs and complimented its batting with splendid all-round bowling performances in both pace and spin.

The Peterites earned their 3rd innings win for the season making a tally of 6 wins thus far in 2015 beating Dharmasoka, Ambalangoda by and innings and 36 runs at Ambalangoda. Congratulations.

The scores

Dharmasoka – 1st innings 105 all out and 2nd innings 100 all out
SPC – 241 for 9 dec.

Next Match : St Anthony's College, Kandy at the College Grounds on 21st and 22nd  Feb.

  • Royal Vs. St. Peter's – At the encounter held in Bambalapitiya, the 3rd consecutive encounter for the 1st XI cricket team of Royal College, to be played away from home, the Royal batting line up seemed unstable as Royal lost all of its 20 wickets for 331 runs at the hands of a strong bowling attack. This was at the 1st XI Cricket encounter between Royal College and St. Peter’s College on the 6th & 7th of February 2015.

Unlike the 3 previous occasions, Royal College managed to win the toss this time around, only to invite the Peterites to take first use of the pitch. The decision by the Royal skipper Harith Samarasinghe seemed alright as the hosts lost 2 early wickets and were 57/2, early in the game. The 3rd wicket partnership however, was a successful one which took St. Peter’s College to 154 for 3, the third wicket falling right on the last ball before lunch off Chamika Karunarathne.

The 2nd session on day 1 seemed to go in favour of the visitors, as Royal College managed to get wickets at regular intervals eventually bowling out the Peterites for 284. Chamika Karunarathne was the pick of the bowlers for his 3 wickets for 26, while Himesh Ramanayake managed to obtain 2 Peterite scalps for 37 runs.

However, the Royalists’ batting did not go according to the plan at all, as they were 3 down for a mere 19 runs when the rain gods closed play of day 1. Royal were still 265 runs behind, with only 7 wickets in hand.

As day 2 commenced, on Saturday the 7th of February 2015, a few spectators would have wanted Royal to score a minimum of 185 runs, just to avoid the follow-on. But the expectations never became a reality. Royal College continued its disastrous batting display being 55 for 5 at one instant, which went on to become 109 for 8. All hopes of avoiding follow-on were shattered as the Royalists were bundled out for 138 runs, 146 runs short of what the home side put on the board, which enforced the visiting team to follow-on.

The Royal 2nd innings on their follow-on started well, and continued to be so until the stroke of tea at around 3.00pm, on day 2. Naveen Widanapathirana was unbeaten on 71 as the players walked out for tea when the scoreboard read 125/2; Royal trailing by 21 runs. The session after tea, which was also the last session for the day, brought back the bad omen for Royal as the batting collapsed once again. A spectator who might have walked down to Wellawatte for a cup of tea, would have undeniably gotten a shock when he returned, as Royal had lost its middle and lower middle order within 45 minutes of play. Royal were 170 for 7 at 3:56pm and 190/9 by 4:22pm, and in due course being bowled out for 193 runs, setting the Peterites an easy target of 48 runs with ample overs remaining in the day; Naveen Widanapathirana’s 85 being the only good news for Royal.

Although the hosts met with a short hiccough of losing 2 early wickets before having 20 runs on the board, the Peterites managed to go past the target with plenty of time remaining in the day, as they scored 49 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets, winning the encounter by 8 wickets.

This was the first loss for Royal in this year’s season, but it is said, that something of this caliber is better off to be happening now, rather than on the second week of March.

~~Courtesy: Ranjan Anandappa – Ceylon Daily News.

A fine team effort by St.Peter’s helped them to beat Royal by eight wickets after eight years in their Singer Under 19 school cricket encounter at Bambalapitiya yesterday.The Peterites last won in 2007 by threewickets at Reid Avenue.

After scoring 284 in the first innings, the Peterite bowlers rallied round and inserted the pressure onthe Royal batsmen to dismiss them for 138 in their first innings.Navin Vidanapathirana stood firm for Royal top scoring in both innings with gallant knocks of 42 and following on striking another 85.

In reply to the Peterites first innings total of 284 the Royalists were 19 for 3 overnight and were shot out for a disappointing 138. Ashanth Malka 4 for 47 and ChandulaJayamanne 3 for 21 were the chief wicket takers. Royal following on with a deficit of 146 runs made 193. Vinu Mohotty ran through their batting capturing 6 for 85)

St.Peter’s 284 ( Dedulana Medis 57,Basilo Rodrigo 61, Chadula Jayamanne 66, Manika de Silva 31,Chamika Karunaratne 3 for 21, Nimesh Ramanayake 2 for 27, RandevPathirana 2 for 52 ) and 48 for 2 ( Chadula Jayamanne 25 n.o)

Royal 19 for 3 overnight 138 in 53.4overs (Naveen Vidanapathirana 42, Harith Samarasinghe 34, ThilanDhanapala 25, Ashanth Malka 4 for 47, Chandula Jayamanne 3 for 21,) and 193 in 64 overs (Naveen Vidanapathirana 85, GeeshantPanditharatne 37, Vinu Mohotty 6 for 85, Thaneesha Weeakoon 3 for35)

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Dream run by Peterites – beat Trinity by innings and 47 runs

Posted on 10 February 2015 by admin

SPC TEAM 2015The Inaugural Philip-Eddie Buultjens Memorial challenge trophy donated by Rohan Bultjens was played in Asgiriya stadium Kandy. The Peterites put into bat by their opponents enjoyed themselves with almost all of their batters contributing well. Lakshina Rodrigo top scored with 70 which was studded with 2 sixes and 9 fours facing 88 deliveries. This was his fourth consecutive half century. He was well supported by Sachin Dalpathado who made 53 with 7 fours off 82 balls. This pair put 85 for the third wicket. Sachin having struggled through out these season finally found some rhythm out their in the crease. Left arm spinner Duvindu Thilakaratne captured 3 for 40 but skipper Raveen Sayer was expensive in his haul of 3 for 114. St. Peter's posted yet another good 1st innings score of 291 all out in just 69.4 overs. With their strong in form bowling attack this first innings total was more than enough for them to put pressure on the home side.

Trinity College came on to bat in third session of day one. Before play was called off due to bad light they were 27 for no loss, trailing by 266 runs. Even though they didn't loose any wickets in the first day, second day was a nightmare for the home side. St. Peter's spinners took total control of the match as they made the batters crumble down one after the other. Vinu Mohotti leading from the front bagged his third fifer for this season, finishing with figures of 5 for 28. Left arm spinner Ashanth Malka chipped in with 2 wickets for 25 runs. Trinity was bundled out for just 104 runs in just 45.2 overs with Arjuna Jayasinghe top scoring with 27 runs, still trailing by 187 runs.

Having to bat out half a day in order to save the match, Trinity were ripped apart yet again by the spin bowling attack of St. Peter's led by Vinu Mohotti. Trinity gave a good fight with Duvindu Thilakaratne scoring a hard earned half century but he kept loosing partners from the other end. Mohotti's consistency and discipline made the batters fight hard for runs. The rest of the bowling assisted Mohotti by not releasing pressure at the other end. Mohotti grabbed 4 wickets for 42 runs, missing a well deserved ten wicket haul by just one scalp. Off spinner Thaneesha Weerakoon proved his talent yet again by taking 3 wickets for 33 runs. The home side was bundled out for just 140 runs in 59 overs giving St. Peter's college a mammoth win of an innings and 47 runs..


St. Peter's College 291 69.4 overs

(Lashina Rodrigo 70, Sachin Dalpathado 53, Dineth Thimodaya 40, Didulana Medis 36, Sanjula Madhushan 27 not out, Raveen Sayer 3 for 114, Duvindu Thilakaratne 3 for 40)

Trinity College

1st innings 104 all out 45.2 overs

(Arjun Jayasinghe 27, Vinu Mohotti 5/28, Ashanth Malka 2/24)

2nd innings 140 all out 59 overs

(Duvindu Thilakaratne 50, Vinu Mohotti 4/42, Thaneesha Weerakoon 3/33)

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Mohammed Naveed and Andri Berenger the future of UAE cricket, says Aaqib Javed

Posted on 08 February 2015 by admin

ANDRI~~Andri Berenger and Mohammed Naveed gave further proof of why they are rated so highly by Aaqib Javed, the coach, after setting up a victory for the UAE over Central Districts on Thursday.

The national team travelled to Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, for some match practice ahead of their first World Cup appearance in 19 years.

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They gained a morale-lifting success by beating Central Districts, New Zealand’s leading state side in 50-over cricket, after they chased 251 with six wickets and nearly 10 overs to spare.

Aaqib, the former Pakistan bowler who has overseen the UAE’s rise as coach over the past three years, thinks Berenger and Naveed are two players likely to cause an impression at the World Cup.

He terms Berenger a “very exciting” opening batsman. The Dubai-born player made 78 to set up the run chase against Central Districts in Napier, where the UAE will face Pakistan and West Indies during the World Cup.

Earlier, Naveed had taken three for 36 from his eight overs. Aaqib and Paul Franks, his assistant coach, are excited about the potential of the national team’s fastest bowler, on pitches which are likely to favour his style of bowling in Australia and New Zealand.

“The other day I had a discussion with Naveed,” Aaqib said. “He is handy with the bat also. I asked him what his plans were for the World Cup.

“He said, ‘I’m going to smash Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn.’ He has a lot of self-belief.”

The national team will fly to Australia on Friday for their official warm-up matches before the start of the World Cup.

They will play Australia, with Michael Clarke expected to make his return from injury, at the MCG on Wednesday.

They then face Afghanistan, who they beat 3-1 in a series in Dubai at the end of last year, on Friday, February 13, in St Kilda.

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2015 World Cup: Former Peterite Star Andri Berenger will open for UAE

Posted on 07 February 2015 by admin

BERENGER-AndriFormer St. Peter’s College and Sri Lanka Youth cricketer Andri Berenger has qualified to represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the forthcoming World Cup in Australia-New Zealand. He will become the only cricketer to represent two countries in two World Cups having played with the Sri Lanka team at the 2010 Under-19 Youth World Cup in New Zealand.Berenger will open the batting for UAE who are coached by former Pakistan fast bowler Aquib Javad.Berenger has represented the UAE in four ODIs and has an average of 38 with two half centuries.The UAE team last featured in a competition against the Pakistan A team and lost the series 3-2. Berenger made a highest score of 77 in the series and was adjudged man of the match in a game the UAE won.


Now 23, Berenger showed plenty of promise at St. Peter’s College but for some reason did not make the higher grade after representing Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Youth World Cup.


In 2009 he was the best all-island U-17 player scoring four hundreds and in the following year was adjudged the best wicket-keeper batsman. Berenger has also bagged a corporate sponsorship from sports equipment marketer Head.


UAE opener Andri Berenger has set himself a target of scoring a hundred in the World Cup, following his fine half-century in his team’s six-wicket victory over Central Districts on Thursday. The 23-year-old struck 78, while vice-captain Khurram Khan smashed 66 as the UAE chased 251 inside 42 overs in their practice game at Nelson Park, New Zealand.


“My goal is to score at least one century in the World Cup,” he said, who arrived with his team-mates in Australia yesterday for their final two-warm up games against the co-hosts (February 11) and Afghanistan two days later.

“The first two matches are against Zimbabwe and Ireland and I feel there’s not much difference between the two sides, so scoring a century is definitely possible.

“This innings will be a big confidence boost for me to score some big runs ahead of the World Cup.”


Berenger is no stranger to the conditions in New Zealand having been part of Sri Lanka’s squad that reached the Under-19 World Cup semi-finals in 2010.


Berenger played for St. Peter’s College in 2009 and 2010 and also represented Sri Lanka in the Under-19 World Cup Semi-Finals in 2010.

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Peterites in innings win over Wesley

Posted on 03 February 2015 by admin

SPC LOGOThushan Jayasuriya A superb all round performance by St.Peter's College helped them to cruise to an innings and 147 run win over Wesley College in their Singer inter-school under 19 match concluded at Bambalapitiya yesterday.This is their third outright victory for the season. Batting first the Peterites made a mammoth 357 for 4 declared with Lakshina Rodrigo (89), Chandula Jayamanne(81), Didulana Medis (72) and Hashan Wanasekara making useful contributions. Lakshina's knock which came in 71 balls was studded with four boundaries. Chandula who scored 81 in 50 balls included nine hits to the ropes and one over it. Lakshina and Chandula were involved in a fourth wicket stand of 148 runs while Didulana and Hashan put on a second wicket stand of 102 runs. The Wesleyites in reply were all out for 156 runs in 74.3 over with Reshana Seneviratne top scoring with 66 runs which included nine fours.Vinu Mohotti took 3 for 27. Forced to follow on the visitors were dismissed for a pathetic 54 runs with Vinu Mohotti claiming another six wickets(6 for 30) for a match bag of nine wickets while Asanth Malka captured 3 for 06. St.Peter's: 357/4 declared in 57 overs (Lakshina Rodrigo 89, Hashan Wanasekara 67, Didulana Medis 72, Chandula Jayamanne 81) Wesley : 156 in 74.3 overs (Reshana Seneviratne 66, Vinu Mohotti 3/27, Manelka de Silva 2/30, Taneesha Weerakoon 2/41) and 54 in 43.5 overs (Jonathan Caderamanpulle 17, Vinu Mohotti 6/30, Asanth Malka 3/06).

Mohotti bowls Peters to innings win

St. Peters College  357/4d (57) Lakshina Rodrigo 89*, Chandula Jayamal 81, Didulana Mendis 72, Ashan Wanasekara 67  Vs  Wesley College  156 (74.3) Reshana Senavirathne 66, Wenu Mohotti 3/27 & F/O 54 (43.5) Wenu Mohotti 6/30, Shanith Malka 3/6  –  At Peters College Grounds – 2 Day Match (Toss Peters)  – U19 DIV I TOURNAMENT 2014/15 – ST. PETERS WON BY AN INNINGS & 147 RUNS

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