Mahinda College Vs Richmond 104th Battle of the Lovers-2009
Richmond College batting First and they are 85/1 at the moment.According to the information coming from galle yesterday there was a quarrel with the Galle Police and Mahinda College parade gang near Minuwangoda and Eliot Passage.Today also school boys are going Parade.Fair weather condition in Galle Town now.
Dubbed famously as the Lovers` Quarrel , The historic Richmond-Mahinda big match, one of the country`s oldest cricketing traditions, will move on as the 104th edition of Sri Lanka`s biggest sporting event in the South begins today 20th March 2009 at the Galle International Cricket stadium.
The big match which is the third oldest schools cricket match in the history of the game in Sri Lanka began way back in 1905 and Richmond has won 21 of the matches while Mahinda has won 23.
High-riding Mahinda College will go out as strong favourites in the 104th “Battle of the Lovers” big match against Richmond starting today at Galle International Cricket stadium.
Having broken a 32- year long deadlock draws, the talented Mahindians registered a domineering 10-wicket win over Richmond at last year’s big match and have once again performed brilliantly this season to enter the Big match with high hopes of repeating their magnificent feat.
Importantly, Mahindians will have the services of five seniors who were in last year’s winning team and have their confidence sky high as they enter the stadium today having already posted four wins for the season and remaining unbeaten in the 15 matches they played.
Mahinda emerged the champions of All island under 17 cricket tournament in 2007 over the country’s top schools, and six members of that team will be in Mahinda Colours today for the Big match, giving the team captained by gifted all-rounder Romesh Buddhika an awesome appearance.
TWO Teams :
Mahinda- Romesh Buddhika (Captain), Denuwan Rajakaruna (V. Captain), Geeth Hemal, Tharaka Nimesh, Kaushalya Gajasinghe, Sajith Kelumpriya, Udara Sasanka, Sachith Lakmal, Mayura Dilhan, Pargeeth Chamara, Nisala Dulwin, Nisala Tharaka, Chalana de Silva, Thikshila de Silva, Ruchira Malalasekara. Coach : Harsha Munasinghe
Richmond- Yasoda Lanka (Captain), Chinthana Wedamulla (V. Captain), T. Nadeera, Emil Sarathchandra, Kusal Praboda, Pabasara Waduge, Dananjaya de Silva, Irosh Samarasooriya, Charith Priyadarshana de Silva, Charinda Nanayakkara, Suraj Palliyaguru, Chamil Ganegoda, Sachintha Weerasuriya, Isuru Sampath, Dhanushka Jayawardena. Coach: C.K. Hewamanne
Cyber.Alwis reporting From Galle International Cricket Stadium