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Sri Lanka’s first Catholic boys’ schools, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and St. Peter’s College, Colombo are preparing to fight for the Reverend Father Maurice J. Le Goc trophy on December 13-14, 2021, on SSC grounds, Colombo.
The ‘Battle of the Saints’, which is renowned for its exciting and competitive brand of cricket, is the only annual two-day cricket meeting that strategically limits the opening innings to 60 innings each to create greater interest and a focus on results. . At the 2021 meet, the guys from Darley Road will be led by Sri Lanka’s Under-19 captain, the brilliant all-rounder Dunith Wellalage, while the boys from Bambalapitiya will be led by the stylish 5th grade drummers and colourist. , Nipunaka Fonseka.
“The global pandemic has crippled the world and yet we are fortunate to embrace a unique tradition, a game of cricket that helps protect and preserve traditions, values and history. Rohitha Rodrigo, rector of host school, St. Peter’s College, Colombo, said. “The Joe-Pete fosters a unique feeling of brotherhood, oneness, peace and harmony and this year, even without spectators on the field, the spirit will prevail. Allow me to express my gratitude to all who have responded with courage, discipline and responsibility during the pandemic to overcome the challenges. My sincere thanks to our main sponsor Dialog Axiata for supporting our inspiring brand ”
Rev. Ranjith Andradi, Rector, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo, said: “We have, through divine intervention and the hard work of so many people, succeeded in setting the stage for another Joe-Pete cricket meet that brings together a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship. that has existed in an unbroken chain for generations. Our students have trained hard, and we intend to give them this momentous opportunity to show off their talents. I thank sponsor Dialog Axiata and wish both teams good luck.
St. Joseph’s College leads the series tally with 12 wins, their last victory under Ruwantha Fernandopulle in 2008, while St. Peter’s College won the 2016 meet under Vinu Mohotty, bringing their tally to 10 wins. , which ensured the Reverend Father Maurice J. Legoc Trophy was kept safe in the trophy cabinet at Bambalapitiya.
This year, due to the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all, spectators will not be in attendance, but it is expected that a large number of passionate students past and present will watch safely from private locations and distant. In addition, all very important Ministry of Health safety requirements and protocols will be followed.
The long-awaited Josephian-Peterite limited oversight match was played for the ‘Fr. Peter A. Pillai Memorial Trophy ‘which was the first daylong meet between schools from 1975, has consistently drawn the most spectators for a school 50 on the cricket match to be played on the following Thursday , December 16, 2021 and will also be played behind closed doors at the same location. The Josephians lead the matchday 23-20 with 2 games ending without result.
The fact that six players – Dunith Wellalage, Shevon Daniel, Sadeesh Jayawardena from St Joseph’s and Wanuja Sahan, Danal Hemananda, Lahiru Dewatage from St Peters have played against the Bangladesh U19 touring team and five of them are currently playing against English juniors on tour. Dunith Wellalage, captain of St Joseph’s was named captain of Sri Lanka U19 for both tours while Wanuja Sahan of St Peter’s and Shevon Daniel of St Joseph’s were regular match winners in both series. The five players from the English tour are expected to be part of the Sri Lankan squad which leaves on December 19 for the U19 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the U19 World Cup in the West Indies.
Both schools produced many national caps. Sri Lanka’s current test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Chaminda Vaas, Thisara Perera, Ashley De Silva, Michael Van Dort, Roshen Silva, Priyamal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama are the Josephians who represented Sri Lanka while the Peterites are Roy Dias, Rumesh Ratnayake, Vinodhan John, Amal Silva, Russel Arnold, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Malinda Warnapura and Angelo Perera.
As the main sponsor, Dialog Axiata made arrangements to broadcast the match live via Thepapare.com for the benefit of all the boys in attendance, old boys, parents, supporters, supporters and the cricketing public. who are encouraged to watch the game. in safe and secure locations and ensure that all safety protocols are followed.
One of Sri Lanka’s largest banks, Hatton National Bank has also come forward as a co-sponsor of this year’s prestigious “Battle of the Saints” meeting.
Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball and Netball teams. The company is also closely associated with the President’s Gold Cup tournaments of volleyball, junior volleyball, junior and senior national netball, school league rugby, Knockout and Sevens tournaments, top football and Paralympic sports, fueling the Army Paralympic Games, Para National Games and the Sri Lankan contingent at the World Paralympic Games.