St. Sebastian’s College First Eleven Cricket Pool 2010/11, Seated L/R – Frank Cooray (Master in Charge), Deshan Dias, Anuk de Alwis, Sanitha de Mel (Captain), Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle (Rector), Charith Fernando (Vice Captain), Oshada Fernando, Amila Aponso, Neil Rajapakse (Coach) Back Row Standing L/R – Ramesh Mendis, Ruwan Fernando, Anjelo Silva, Nishamal Fernando, Luke Jayadewa, Vishwa Fernando, Marlon Fernando, Rusiru Gunathilake, Anushka Perera, Kalana Silva (Picture by Dilwin Mendis Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)
It is almost eleven years ago in 2011 that St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa defeated their arch rivals Prince of Wales’ College in their 61 st Annual Encounter “Battle of the Golds”.
It was their third victory over Cambrians in the 70 year old series. This encounter was inaugurated in 1933 and Sebs first ever victory was recorded in 1962 under Priyantha Fernando and the second was in 1966 under Sarath Perera and both these occasions at their home grounds and in this instance it was in 2011 after a lapse of 45 years under and all rounder Sanith de Mel and his opposite number too is an all rounder Isuru Thilina and the match was worked off at their usual venue De Soysa Stadium on 11 th and 12 th March 2011 and followed by the 26 th One Dayer at the same venue and the two vice captains were Charith Fernando of Sebs and Shehan Jayasuriya of Cambrians respectively.
Though all the daily papers carried out that both teams are evenly poised Cricket is a funny game and none cannot predict the outcome until the last ball is bowled. Cambrians skipper Isuru called the coin correctly and decided to take the first lease and were all out for 201 runs with Shehan Jayasuriya scoring a half century and in reply Sebs declared at a mammoth score of 363 for 5 with centuries coming off the bats of skipper De mel and the present test cricketer Oshada Fernando and their second essay Cambrians made a bold reply with 176 runs and once again Shehan Jayasuriya came to the fore with a dour half century and set to make 11 runs for an outright victory Sebs notched up the required score without loss and they repeated another victory in the following day by beating Cambrians by six wickets in the 26 th One Dayer showing their class and the happiest person was their Rector Rev. Fr. Bonnie
Fernandopulle who was a tower of strength for their success and ably supported by the Master in Charge of cricket ever green Frank Cooray and the coach Neil Rajapakse.
Chief Scores of the Big Match
Prince of Wales’ College – 201 and 176
St. Sebastian’s College – 363/5 declared and 17/0
Chief Scores of the 26 th One Dayer
Prince of Wales’ College – 287
St. Sebastian’s College – 288/4