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84th "Battle of the Saints" on March 2nd & 3rd ends in a tame draw

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84th “Battle of the Saints” on March 2nd & 3rd ends in a tame draw

Posted on 04 March 2018 by admin

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The 84th "Battle of the Saints" encounter ended in a tame draw, in favour of the underdogs St. Peter's College who had a 49-run lead in the first innings. The Josephians forced the draw by batting through the better part of day-2 and giving their rivals only 9 overs to make 189 runs for a win – an impossible task. At the end of the day Peterites provided entertaining cricket and were 57 for the loss 1-wicket at close of play. It was a disappointing finish from a spectator standpoint. But the Josephians would not have ti any other way.

The match was played before a large crowd of spectators on Friday (March 2nd) and Saturday (March 3rd) at the P. Sara Stadium. Kudos to "ThePapare.Com" powered by Dialog who broadcast the match on both day much to the delight of the Joes and Peterites all over the world. In fact this writer had the distinct pleasure of watching both day's play from Toronto, Canada on a large screen monitor and the clarity of the broadcast was awesome. Well done 'ThePapare', we are grateful for the outstanding service provided to the viewers all over the world. Thank you.

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Peterite skipper Santhush Gunathilake won the all important toss and elected to field. A good decision in retrospect. The Josephians went out favourites in this 84th encounter and had a better all-round side compared to the Peterites. A maximum of 60 overs per team in the first innings over has been a mandatory policy adapted by the joint committee many years back. The objective of this decision was to trigger a result in the big match. This did not play into the game as the Josephians were all out in their first innings for 195 in 53.2 overs. Sachin Silva took three wickets for 24 runs and Mohammed Ameen grabbed two wickets for 71 runs.

The Peterites had their rivals struggling for survival in both inningsa. The Petes had the Joes batting in tatters on 68 for 4 before the Josephian captain Jehan Daniel came to their rescue with a quick-fire knock of 93 in only 115 balls that included three boundaries and half a dozen sixes. The right and left arm spin combination of Sachin Silva and Mohamed Ameen who made the early breakthroughs did the damage. Skipper Jehan Daniels led from the front and steered the Joes out of trouble by scoring a blistering 93 runs. Daniels was unfortunate to be caught by the rival skipper Gunathilake attempting a big hit. In reply the Peterites rattled up 244 runs in the mandatory 60 overs with a 49-run lead in the first innings. Shalith Fernando, 58, and Ranmith Jayasena, 55, batted best for the Peterites and ensured that they passed the Josephian first innings total easily. Fernando contributed 58 with six fours and two sixes while Jayasena chipped in with 55 with four fours. Shalith Fernando and Sulakshana Fernando associated in a 91-run stand for the third wicket on the previous day.

The Peterites in their turn helped by half tons by Shalith Fernando and Ranmith Jayasena ended the day in a strong position of 190 for 6. Resuming on day two and with 11 overs of batting left saw the overnight pair Pabasara Herath and Kanishka Maduwantha adding a further 28 runs before being separated with the dismissal of Pabasara who made a valuable 38 runs which had three boundaries and a six.


The Josephians batting for the second time with a deficit of 49 runs, saw the openers Johanne de Silva and Revan Kelly sharing  43 runs before being separated and they lost another quick wicket for the addition of four runs. Nipun Sumanasinghe and Jehan Fernandopulle added 34 runs for the third wicket and from there on, they lost wickets at regular intervals and the dismissal of skipper Jehan Daniel cheaply saw them falling back and slid to 146 for 7. Dineth Jayakody who remained unbeaten on 55 with four boundaries and a six and Dunith Wellalage who made 44 took them to safety with the duo denying further success for the Peterite bowlers. The pair put on a valuable match saving partnership of 80 runs for the eighth wicket which sealed the game for a draw as the Josephians ended the day on 237 for 8 facing 81 overs.

Like it is done in the past the second innings was a big bore with this time the Joes playing safe to ensure a draw utilizing as many as 83 overs to score 237 for 8 and declare leaving the Peterites to make 189 in 15 overs which even a machine would not have been able to do. In this writer's opinion, the Josephians would have done well to declare their second innings on reaching 200 runs leaving the 152 runs to score in about 20 overs. This would have turned the match into an interesting battle. But the Joes played it safe to record another drab draw.

When the match ended the Peterites reached 57 for 1 in nine overs with Santhush Gunatilleke making 39. And so the big match ended in a tame draw. On the first day Sri Lanka youth player and Joes skipper Jehan Daniel scored 93 with six sixes and made only 24 in the second innings. However, there was little doubt that Daniels was easily the best player on the ground on both sides. He was unfortunate to miss his coveted century by 7 runs but he saved the Josephians from recording a low first innings score. 


  • Best Fielder Pabasara Herath – SPC
  • Best Bowler Lakshan Gamage – SJC
  • Best Batsman Shalith Fernando – SPC
  • Best Allrounder Dunith Wellalage – SJC
  • Man of the Match Jehan Daniel – SJC



Sri Lanka under 19 cricketer Jehan Daniel played the role of savior to rescue St Joseph’s College from dire straits at 10 for 5 to a respectable 205 on the opening day of the 83rd Battle of the Saints encounter against St Peter’s College at the P Sara Oval yesterday.

By the close the game was evenly poised with St Peter’s replying with 138 for five wickets.

Daniel’s magnificent century saved St. Joseph’s the blushes and enabled them to take the upper hand.

Daniel came to the crease with his side tottering at 10 for 5 after skipper Harin Cooray had won the toss and elected to bat first. However in the first session’s play things go the way the Joes would have planned.

Under 19 player cum Peterite vice-captain and right arm fast bowler Manelker de Silva and his new ball partner Santhush Gunathilake combined together to rip through the batting line up.

Gunathilake ran through the Joes top order by making the early breakthrough in his first two overs when he dismissed openers Cameron Duruge and took the prize wicket of Nipun Sumanasinghe who has scored 1000 runs this season. Manelker De Silva added salt to the wound of the Josephians when he got rid of Dineth Madurawela for one as St. Joseph’s slid to 3 for 3. To make matters worse for the Joes both Thashan Perera and Havin Perera were run out due to brilliant fielding and half the Joes side was out for 10. A sixth wicket partnership of 56 between Daniel and wicket keeper Shevan Fonseka (26) addressed the slump. The stand was ended with another run out of Fonseka following a direct throw from Ranmith Jayasena, son of Panadura SC cricketer Mangala Jayasena.



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41st Saints Limited Over Encounter – St. Peter’s defeat rivals St. Joseph’s

Posted on 14 March 2015 by admin


St. Peter’s defeated traditional rivals St. Joseph’s easily by 59 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in their annual limited over encounter played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. The encounter which is the 41st in the series saw the Peterites chalk up their 18th win to regain the Rev. Fr. Peter Pillai Memorial Challenge Trophy.

St. Peter’s taking first lease of the wicket began in an inauspicious start losing an early wicket with just ten runs on the board. They recovered thanks to some useful knocks coming from Saveen Gunasekera and Lakshina Rodrigo. Later skipper Chandula Jayamanne along with Sachin Dalpethado made useful knocks for the Peterites to reach 168 for 7 in the 39th over before bad weather hampered proceedings after which their innings came to an end.

The resumption saw the Josephians being given a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 159 in 29 overs but they were unable to come to terms of the Peterite bowling trio of Vinu Mohotti, Ashanth Malka and Randel Seneviratne who together combined to bundle them out for just 99runs.


St. Peter’s 166 for 7 in 38.4 overs (Saveen Gunasekera 44, Lakshina Rodrigo 20, Sachin Dalpethado 18, Chandula Jayamanne 40 n.o.: Hashindra Perera 2 for 10, Malshan Rodrigo 2 for 21)

St. Joseph’s 99 in 23 overs (Jehan Daniel 30, Pethum Madusanka 15: Vinu Mohotti 2 for 9, Ashanth Malka 2 for 10, Randel Seneviratne 2 for 30).

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Canada Series 30th Anniversary “Battle of the Saints” on July 1

Posted on 29 June 2014 by admin

Joe-Pete Match LogoThe 30th anniversary "Big Match" between the Old Josephians Vs. Old Peterites gets under way at the picturesque King City Grounds on Tuesday, July 1. Guests of honour at the game will be two Peterite legends of yesteryear – David Heyn (Peterite captain of 1964 and former Sri lanka player) and Dr. Adiel Anghie (Peterite Cricket Captian of 1961 & Rugby Captain of 1959). There will be two other "Big Matches" played on the same King City sports facility. The "Battle of the Blues" or Royal/Thomian will be on Ground 1 while the "Battle of the Hills" or Trinity/Antonian will be played on Ground 3. A large crowd is expected at the King City grounds which is a spectacular five ground facility that is an ICC approved cricket ground.

The teams are shown below. Very impressive line up of players with Canadian opener Ruvindu Gunasekara turning out for the Peterites. This will be a main draw besides other former Canadian players like Brian Rajadurai (SJC), Nigel Isaacs (SJC), Trevin Bastiampillai (SJC), Arvind Kandappa (SJC), P. Ravishankar (SJC) in the strong Josephian XI. Team list is shown below.


The Masters game will be captained by Milan Gunawardena (SJC) and Rehan Goonetilleke (SPC). The Main game will be captained by Arvind kandappa (SJC) and Rod Diaz (SPC).

Address: 13811 Dufferin St, Kettleby, ON. L0G 1J0
– 401 to 404
– Take Don Valley Parkway North (404)
– Exit 41 for Regional Road 40/Bloomington Road
– Turn LEFT onto Bloomington Rd/York 40 (signs for Regional Road 40W/Bloomington Road W/Aurora)
– Continue to follow York 40
– Right onto Dufferin St/York Regional Rd 53
– 13811 Dufferin St. Kettleby, ON. L0G 1J0

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Josephians beat Peterites by 91 runs in one-day game

Posted on 20 March 2014 by admin

St Joseph’s College beat St Peter’s College by 91 runs in the one-day encounter, which was played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo yesterday.

Batting first, the Josephians made 224-8 in 50 overs with the help of two half centuries by Duran de Alwis (52) and Pathum Madusanka (50). The pair steadied the innings putting on a 98-run partnership for the third wicket after Sadeera Samarawickrama was dismissed for 25 with the total reading 47.

Fabian Fernando’s late flurry of runs included a 39-ball, 37 with three sixes.

Chasing 225-runs to win, the Peterites were restricted for 133 as the Josephian bowling spearheaded by Hashindra Perera claiming four wickets for 23 runs.

Paceman Fabian Fernando removed the first three Peterite batsmen to have the Peterites in a spot of bother with 12 runs on the board. Aravinda Akurugoda, the right arm leg-spinner, bowled an economical spell giving away only 10 runs with three maiden overs in his eight-over spell. Akurugoda trapped Malka Ashan leg before for nought.


St Joseph’s College
D Alwis b S Nanayakkara 52
D Fernandopulle lbw b Liyanage 00
S Samarawickrama b Obeyesekere 25
P Madusanka st O Nanayakkara b S Nanayakkara 50
P Perera c Ashan b Liyanage 22
Y Samarasinghe run out 03
F Fernando b Obeyesekere 37
K Ravihara run out 06
A Akurugoda not out 06
H Perera not out 01
Extras (1b, 6lb, 15w) 22
TOTAL (8 wickets; 50 overs) 224

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Fernandopulle), 2-47 (Samarawickrama)
3-145 (Madushanka), 4-148 (De Alwis)
5-159 (Samarasinghe), 6-185 (P Perera)
7-199 (Ravihara), 8-214 (Fernando)
Bowling: C Obeyesekere 10-1-26-2
J Liyanage 10-0-59-2
N Dharshana 5-0-34-0
S Nanayakkara 10-0-45-2
D Thimodya 7-0-23-0
M Ashanth 7-1-26-0
C Jayamanna 1-0-5-0

St Peter’s College
D Thimodya b Fernando 00
O Karunaratne b Rodrigo 36
J Liyanage b Fernando 04
C Jayamanna c Hasintha b Fernando 06
K de Tissera c Rodrigo b A Perera 28
M de Silva run out 32
S Dalpadadu c Madusanka b H Perera 03
C Obeyesekere not out 10
S Nanayakkara c Akurugoda b H Perera 04
M Ashanth lbw Akurugoda 00
N Dharshana c Fernando b H Perera 00
Extras (2b, 2lb, 6w) 10
TOTAL (all out; 41.4 overs) 133

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Thomodya), 2-4 (Liyanage), 3-12 (Jayamanna)
4-60 (Karunaratne), 5-114 (De Tissera)
6-114 (De Silva), 7-123 (Dalpadadu)
8-128 (Nanayakkara), 9-130 (Ashantha)
10-133 (Dharshana)
Bowling: F Fernando 6-0-25-3
D de Alwis 4-1-25-0
Y Samarasinghe 7-0-24-0
M Rodrigo 4-1-17-1
H Perera 9.4-1-23-4
A Akurugoda 8-3-10-1
P Madushanka 3-0-5-0
Scorers: D N Pathirana (St Peter’s) and Cyril Nicholas (St Joseph’s).

Courtesy: Sunday Observer

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Cricket hits of the ’60s By Lawrence Heyn (Old Peterite living in Australia)

Posted on 01 January 2014 by admin

SPC-LOGO SITESt. Peter’s College has a proud sporting heritage, with cricket and rugby holding sway in the near nine decades of its existence. The college can parade an impressive line-up of old Peterites who have gone on to cover themselves in glory at national and international level.

Cricket, by virtue of its annual big match, has been the biggest drawcard and some memorable performances have gone into the pages of our history. So, which decade has produced the best cricket teams? I believe the best have been the 1950s and ‘60s, with the latter gaining a slight edge because of the surge in the game’s popularity in the country.

My first introduction to cricket at St Peter’s was as a nine-year-old in 1961, when I watched Adiel Anghie fluently stroke his way to a century in the big match against St Joseph’s at Bambalapitiya. Anghie was all elegance and his 101 was spiced with some wonderful cover drives.

My interest peaked when my two cousins Richard and David skippered teams in the early ‘60s and there were some big hitters in the teams. I remember Richard playing a straight lofted drive for six, with the ball being fished out of the canal by our groundsman.

Cricket, to me, took on a magical quality in 1965. It was the last time the big match was played at Bambalapitiya and skipper Travis Fernando signed off in style. The left-armer mesmerised the Joes with his spin and then opener Darrel Wimalaratne led a dashing chase of a victory target of 94 runs in 50 minutes. The first ball Wimalaratne faced was hooked for six, with the ball landing in the pavilion’s upper level among the feet of the dignitaries.

As I moved into the First XI late in the decade, I was privileged to see the development of the most technically proficient batsman Sri Lanka has produced. Roy Dias was a master of timing and his fluency on the offside was a treat to watch. Dias went on to be a part of the national team that set the platform for the great things that followed. One of the most endearing sights for me are the three consecutive fours he struck off Ian Botham – all perfectly timed cover drives – to reach his half century in the inaugural Test against England in 1982. Dias’s innings of 77 can be viewed on YouTube. After seeing so much of the cricket in the ‘60s, I found it an interesting exercise to pick the team of the decade. It is also interesting to note that a high proportion of ‘60s players would be included in an all-time great Peterite side.

Two players from the ‘50s who would walk into the side are Clive Inman, who hit an unbeaten 204 in 1954, and H I K Fernando, who in later years was widely regarded as the best wicket-keeper in Asia. Then adding venom to the team is that magnificent left-arm paceman Dion Walles who captured 21 Josephian wickets in 1946-47. Clive Inman, by weight of his huge cricketing exploits (he once held the world record of 32 runs in an over, subsequently broken by Sir Garfield Sobers) gets the nod as captain.

Cricketers from later years making it into the side are Rohan Buultjens and national caps Russell Arnold and Rumesh Ratnayake. As a journalist, I covered the Joe-Pete encounter in 1979 and watched in awe as Buultjens tore into the Joes to register twin unbeaten centuries.

PETERITE TEAM OF THE ‘60s Adiel Anghie (wicket-keeper), Darrel Wimalaratne, Roy Dias, David Heyn, Peter De Niese, Tyrone Le Mercier, Rodney Paternott, Travis Fernando (Captain), Tony Opatha, Maurice Deckker, Anton Perera. 12th man: Rory Inman. Reserves: Hamish Paternott, Denham Juriansz and Stephen de Niese.

ALL-TIME GREAT TEAM Adiel Anghie, Russell Arnold, Roy Dias, Clive Inman (Captain), David Heyn, Rohan Buultjens, H.I.K. Fernando (wicket-keeper), Tony Opatha, Rumesh Ratnayake, Travis Fernando and Dion Walles. 12th Man: Rory Inman. Reserves: Rodney Paternott, Tyrone Le Mercier and Peter De Niese.

Join the discussion: Who would you nominate in your Peterite all-time great team? Send us your teams of the 1950s, ’70s, 80s, ’90s, or 2000s. Write to us at contact@peteritereunion.net. Posted on November 16th, 2013

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