Avanka Fernando – Principal of Wesley College (third from left) and Rev. Bro. Pubudu Rajapakshe Director of St.Benedict’s College Kotahena receiving the Platinum sponsorship cheque from Gopal Ravikumar Media Executive of Taian Lanka Steel Company (Pvt) Ltd at the press briefing held at Wesley College.
St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 13 and Wesley College, Colombo 09 announced the continuation of the Cartman Cup Annual 1st XI Cricket Encounter between the two schools and the commencement of the inaugural Luke Shield 50 over encounter. The teams first met on a cricket pitch back in 1896 and the encounter celebrates this 126 year legacy.
The two-day encounter for the Cartman Cup will be played on the 25th and 26th of March 2022 at Campbell Park, while the one-day encounter for the Luke Shield will be played on the 02nd of April 2022 at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium (P. Sara Oval). Both matches will be organised and hosted by the Bens-Wesley Joint Committee, along with the Patronage of both schools.
The trophies are named after two famous Principals of St.Benedict’s College and Wesley College. Cartman Cup has been named in memory of former Principal of Wesley College Rev. James Cartman and Luke Shield is in memory of former Director of St. Benedict’s College Rev. Bro. Luke Gregory FSC. Last year’s Cartman Cup encounter saw both schools battling it out through two Exciting days of play, ultimately ending in a draw after the first day’s play was cut short due to rain at Kotahena. Wesley College scored 228 runs for 09 wickets before declaring their 1st innings with Sahil Dias scoring a half century and Kushan Chamalka scoring 45 runs. Benedictine Malinda Perera grabbed six wickets for 66 runs.
St. Benedict’s College in their turn scored 139 runs with Wesleyites keeping a tight control. Thenuka Perera and Ravindu Sigera had 03 wickets a piece. Wesley with a 90 runs lead went for Quick runs in their 2nd innings, which they declared at 90 runs for the loss of 05 wickets. Semila Liyanage scored 54 runs in this innings. Set a target of 180 runs to win in less than a session’s play on the 2nd day, St. Benedict’s College opted to bat safely and Ended with a draw as Benedictines managed to score 47 runs for one wicket in 15 overs.
Unfortunately, the one-day Luke Shield encounter was not held due to the lock down in Colombo. However, the highlight of last year’s encounter was the donation made by Both schools, together with the sponsors, towards the Diyagala Boys’ Town, which was Collected by its managing Director – Rev. Bro Granville Perera.
In keeping in-line with regulations at the time, the Cartman Cup was played without crowd participation. However, this year the Joint Committee has made arrangements For crowds to be present at both the two-day Cartman Cup encounter and the one-day Luke Shield encounter.
St. Benedict’s College 1st XI is led by 4th year coloursman and wicket keeper Batsman Pasan Suwahas. He scored 150 runs against S. Thomas’ College in their 50 over tournament encounter, which the Benedictines won at Kotahena. Benedictines also in the same tournament had the better of St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa and prior to that beat St. Anne’s College Kurunegala in their traditional two day encounter. Other Seniors in the side are batting all rounder 4th year coloursman Ashen De Zoysa, batsman and 3rd year coloursman Yohan Soyza, bowling all rounder Sachin Senanayake and fast bowler Aneesha Madumalka. Left arm leg break bowler
Chamath Chaturiya and young batting prodigy Sharujan Shanmuganathan are the Players to watch out for.
Wesley College is led by 5th year coloursman cum all rounder Sahil Dias.
Sahil Already has a century under his name against S. Thomas’ College. Anudith Wickramasinghe (V.C), Semila Liyanage, Tilshan Senanayake and Rakith Fernando are the 4th year coloursmen of the side. Wesley College enjoyed early success this year when they beat S. Thomas’ College after 50 years. You can expect Wesleyites to come hard in this year’s Bens-Wesley encounters.
In addition to this, both matches will be telecast live on television on TV 1.Further, both encounters will be live streamed through Quadrangle’s YouTube channel, a popular schools focused digital platform. As this encounter celebrates the sporting Histories of the two schools and their shared bonds of brotherhood, the Joint Committee, together with the two schools, have made arrangements to attract students Both past and present to witness this encounter live, online, or through the live telecast, so that they can be a part of this celebration from anywhere in the world.