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Angleo Mathews becomes first Josephian to Captain Sri Lanka Cricket

Posted on 15 July 2013 by admin


Posted on 15 February 2013 by TSL (The Times of Sri Lanka)

St. Joseph’s College have produced some great cricketers over the years. A few went on to play for Ceylon/Sri Lanka but now they have the rare honour of producing the first Josephian Captain of Sri Lanka Cricket. The newly appointed Selection Committee led by Sanath Jayasuriya made the announcement couple of days back that the talented right hand batsman Angelo Mathews will skipper the country in the Test and ODI formats. Wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal will be his deputy. Mathews and Chandimal are both young and remarkably talented cricketers with a keen mind and open disposition towards the game. It will be interesting to see how they perform as a pair and they get the first opportunity against the visiting Bangladesh team next month on home turf.

When Mahela Jayawardena quit as captain following the Australian tour, there was a toss up as to who would replace him. It was clear that senior players like the outgoing captain, Kumar Sangakkara or Tilekeratne Dilshan who are all in their 30s will not be considered. The stage was then set for young Angelo Mathews to step in and take charge. There was no need for the selectors to look beyond Mathews who was fortunate to be vice captain to Jayewardene. Jayewardene was easily one of the best captain’s produced by Sri Lanka and Mathews would have learnt from Jayawardena’s clever tactics. And Jayawardene had made it known that there was no bêtter individual to captain the country than Mathews once he steps down. Mathews has a vital role to play in taking Sri Lanka cricket to the top. Incidentally he becomes the first Josephian to captain a Sri Lankan cricket team.

The selectors did well to appoint Dinesh Chandimal as vice captain. Chandimal was finding it difficult to stay in the Test side on a permanent basis with Jayawardena, Dilshan, Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera blocking the few spots available in the batting line-up. But once Prasanna Jayewardene the regular wicket keeper was injured and then when Kumar Sangkkara suffered the same fate, the selectors on tour gloved Chandimal for the final Test in Sydney. And he came in with a loud roar, keeping brilliantly and then blasting a admirable and stylish un beaten half century when the innings was in tatters in the second innings. He has the makings of a future Sri Lanka captain. In addition to his duties as vice captain of the national team, he has been entrusted with the captaincy of the Twenty20 team which should be a good learning experience for him

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CANADA DAY: Sri Lanka Cricket Festival, an oustanding success

Posted on 01 July 2013 by admin


"Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved", Quote by Mattie Stepanek.

This is exactly what happened when two Thomians and a Royalist were entrusted with the task of organizing the Schools Cricket Festival. Ashok Senadeera and Trevor Fernando were the two Thomians and Rohan Jayasekara of RoyalCollege was the other link that formed the indefatigable trio that satrted the ball rolling towards organizing the Schools Cricket Festival for 2013. This trio rounded up Rati Selvaratnam of Trinity, Joy Perera of St.Anthony's and Upali Obeyesekere of the joint Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada and produced a splendid big-match extravaganza at the coveted Maple Leaf Cricket Club grounds at King City. In what is estimated as the biggest crowd for any Sri Lankan cricket event, just over 400 spectators found their to King City on a mild summer day to witness the Royal|Thomian; Trinity|Antonian and Josephian-Peterite Canadian version of the three big matches been worked out on three of the five available grounds at King City. Three big games in one facility, was a credible achievement for these organizers. For the Royalists|Thomians, 2013 was an important year as they had reached a milestone in their cricket encounter. It was the 25th anniverary cricket match!

Teamwork"TEAMWORK – coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" – Henry Ford

Teamwork was the key word that could best describe the success of this event. The spectators were treated to Sri Lankan food vendors dishing out Buriyani, Lamprais packets, Hoppers (Egg and plain), rolls, cutlets and other savoury pastries were freely available at reasonable prices. The standard of cricket was of a very high standard with a few stars from all six schools turning out for their Alma Mater. Spectators were moving around all three cricket grounds taking in a bit of action from all three games. Finally there was one grand Raffle Draw that raked in around $1330 with our national airline Sri Lankan Airlines offering a complimentary air ticket to Sri Lanka from London, England as the 1st prize. The 2nd prize was a 2-night stay with breakfast at Hilton Hotel Toronto for two provided courtesy of the Hilton Hotel Toronto. The 3rd prize was a generous offer by Combined Freight Inc., to ocean ship two 5 Cu. Ft. boxes containing personal effects to Sri Lanka from Toronto. Mr.SachithananthanSuresan was the lucky winner of the air ticket while Benitode Silva won the Hilton Hotel complimentary offer. Rajive Gnanaratna won the 3rd prize offered by Combined Freight Inc.

The fellowship and camaraderie that was openly displayed by six different schools is testament that much can be achieved by working together towards a common purpose. Fellowship is described in the English dictionary as "a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc." This is exactly what happened. The event brought out the best in organizing talent and also from a cricket standpoint and proved that with right minds, people can work together to plan, organize and execute a community event of this magnitude. While the people of Sri Lanka are still working on resolving the differences arising from an irresponsible and rash acts perpetrated in 1983, the joint committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket Festival in Toronto succeeded in bringing together six schools to play on one ground and share common ground on the logistics and expenses that are normally required to stage such a big event. The five schools' associations that were involved in this great event were S.Thomas' College OBA, Royal College OBA, St.Anthony's College OBA, Trinity College OBA and the Joint Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada (JPAA Canada). Kudos to all, and next year will perhaps see Ananda|Nalanda and "Battle of the North" between Jaffna Central|St. John's occupying the 4th and 5th cricket grounds at Maple Leaf Cricket Club at King City.

By: Upali Obeyesekere – President, JPAA Canada

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Pre-70s classmates, from left, Lawrence Heyn, Russell Mortimer, Brant de Zylva and Jerome Dias are delighted to catch up.


In true blue spirit Old Peterites worldwide came to Melbourne

Posted on 01 July 2013 by admin

Pre-70s classmates, from left, Lawrence Heyn, Russell Mortimer, Brant de Zylva and Jerome Dias are delighted to catch up.

Pre-70s classmates, from left, Lawrence Heyn, Russell Mortimer, Brant de Zylva and Jerome Dias are delighted to catch up.

Past students of St. Peter’s College around Australia and from overseas reconnected at a gala night in Melbourne on Saturday, October 1.Nearly 350 old Peterites, wives and friends got together for a night of reminiscing interspersed with skits and re-enactments of those schoolboy days.

It was the second reunion in three years and the Peterite spirit and enthusiasm shone through as strongly as ever. In addition to the good time, the night served as a fundraiser to benefit students at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya. Reunion organising committee spokesman Rienzie Machado said funds raised would pay for 3-5 scholarships over the next three years.“A Grade 11 and 12 scholarship is about $200. I am sure we can fund a few,” Machado said.

The Blue that Crowns the World reunion truly lived up to its billing, with the highlight being the presence of old boys from overseas. Notable among them were former Peterite captains Travice Fernando and Michael Elias who travelled from Colombo. Machado said: “It was amazing to see the Peterites reconnect, it was as if we had just left the gates of our school. As organisers we aimed to lift the bar on the 2008 reunion and make it a night to remember.`What a terrific response we had from the committee and Peterites of all vintages.”

Music was provided by many past students including well-known entertainers Darrell de Silva, Randy Pieris (from Sydney) and Dwight Vangramberg (Perth).The brilliant choral group of young Peterites, based in Sydney, provided the audience with something special as they harmonised in true barber shop fashion. Other highlights of the night were specially brewed Peterite beers, a canteen re-enactment, fully catered buffet dinner, laughter-inducing skits and the appearance of Fr Rector aka Rienzie Machado.

However, the piece de resistance of the night was when Peterite voices were raised in a stirring rendition of the college anthem – Lend a Heart and Lend a Hand, with not a song sheet in sight.                         Plans are now underway for the Peterites to reconnect again in 2014, with moves for the next venue to be Brisbane.

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29th Battle of the Saints (Canada Series) in Toronto

Posted on 01 July 2013 by admin

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

With this backdrop, the 29th Josephian-Peterite Masters + Main games were played at the picturesque King City Grounds on July 1, 2013. The Masters' game always precedes the Main game. The Peterites won the Masters while the Josephians rallied to win the Main game. Detail scores shown below.



29th Battle of the Saints – Joe-Pete (Score Cards)-July 01 @ King-City Grounds.

The Master’s game toss was won by the josephians. Roshan Anthony, skipper of Old Joes and elected to bat. SPC Master’s XI was led by Lakdasa Perera

SJC Master’XI / 82 for 06 wickets in 20 overs – Dyan Trenchall 29, Savio Paiva/Gomez 17, Duminda Perera 12, Adrian De Silva 14 / Bowling: Mario Joseph 04-0-08-3, Dane J. 04-01-06-1

SPC Master’s XI / 84 for 04 in 15.2 overs – Phil Navaratne 45 Retd. Niloo 12 n.o. Rehan 08 n.o. Bowling: Roshan Anthony 04-00-10-2, R.Thathil 03-01-09-2


Awards: Man of the Match – Phil Navaratne (SPC), Best Batsman – Dyan Trenchall (SJC), Best Fielder – Dilku Somasundaram (SPC) Best Bowler – Mario Joseph (SPC)

The Main Game is usually the ‘crunch’ game and the toss was won by Peterite Skipper Clement Fernando and invited Joes to Bat first. Petes had the Joes curtailed until the 27th over to struggle at 98/04 and then a couple of loose overs bowled by the Petes saw the pair Gavin Bastianpillai & Arvind Kandappa putting on 82 runs for the 5th wicket and getting them out of trouble to finish at 169 all out in 40 overs. Arvind a solid 50 & Gavina patient 28 runs. Srimantha was the pick of the bowlers for SPC taking 3 for 27 and young Prasouth claiming 2 for 20 in 8 Ov

Peterites chasing a getable target of 170 to win, lost 05 quick wickets for mere 20 runs and never saw them stabilizing there on with Srimantha, John, Clement, Senthuren, Denver from much were expected. Petes all out for 110 with only Yohan, Marlon, Rod and young P.Vijayarajh getting in to double figures. The main wrecker for Joes were the veteran Roshan Mannikkawasa running through the top with figures of 05-00-16-3 wickets. Young Gayan Ferdi and Gavin B. bowled well too. MAIN GAME SCORE CARD:

SJC Main XI: 169 All Out in 40 Over’s – Arvind Kandappa 50, Gavin Bastianpillai, Dhanuka Pathirana 16. Bowling: Srimantha Wijeyeratne 08-00-27-3, Prasouth Vijayarajh 08-00-20-2, Rod Diaz 08-00-29-1, Clement Fernando 07-00-28-1

SPC Main XI 110 All Out in34.1 Over’s – Prasouth Vijayarajh 18, Yohan Wijewickrama 16, Rod Diaz 15, Marlon Fernando 12 not out. Bowling: Roshan Mannikkawasa 05-00-16-3, Rajive Benedict 08-02-17-2, Gayan Ferdinandez 04-00-14-2, Gavin Bastianpillai 2.1-00-10-2


 Awards: Man of the match – Arvind Kandappa (SJC) Best Batsman – Arvind Kandappa (SJC), Best Fielder – Srimantha Wijeyeratne (SPC), Best Bowler – Roshan Mannikkawasa (SJC)                                                                 


Some Highlights & Details about the game:

  • After lapse of many years, Joe-Pete game was played at the King-City as per invitation and request made by the Royal-Thomian group.
  • Joes captained by Dhanuka Pathirana & Petes were led by Clement Fernando, both played in the first XI teams for their respective schools. Dhanuka Captained SJC in 2000
  • Other First Eleven cricketer’s in the teams – Srimantha Wijeyeratne (SPC & SL U-19), Nigel Issacs & Brian Rajadurai & Veteran players Rajive Benedict (Combined Schools, Western Province, SL President’s XI) & Ray Lord.
  • Trevin Bastianpillai is trying a come back to the Canadian national team, currently playing in the NCL games. (01 half ton against his name)
  • Srimantha Wijeyeratne, represented Canada in 2012 against USA in Florida with his fellow mate from SPC, Ruvindu Gunasekera (National Player) missing the ‘Big-Match’ due to NCL game that day.

Any other clarifications or scores – Please contact / Srinath 905-497-5582






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