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Manchanayake saves the day for Royal in Battle of the Blues draw

Dasis Manchanayake made an unbeaten 53 to pull Royal College out of deep trouble on day 3 of the 141st Battle of the Blues encounter at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds. After seeing Royal declare on 282, S Thomas’ finished on 127/5 as the game drew to a close. 

Manchanayake, playing in his 1st Royal-Thomian, showed absolutely no nerves in the middle, playing a controlled knock, after coming in to bat with the score on 177/6 – Royal still 43 runs away from avoiding the follow-on. The elegant left-hander put on 24 alongside Isiwara Dissanayake before taking the lead in his partnership with Lahiru Madusanka which was worth 67.

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Royal in trouble after late wickets

S Thomas’ College picked up 4 crucial wickets in the final session of play on day 2 of the 141st Battle of the Blues encounter to leave Royal College in a bit of trouble on 127/4, trailing by 242 runs.

The game was looking like it was heading for a certain draw with the Thomians batting out the 1st session of play to reach 369 before Royal’s openers Kamil Mishara and Kushan Kulasooriya too inexplicably just looked to occupy the crease in the afternoon session of play.

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De Mel, Fernando star as S. Thomas’ take honours on day 1 of Battle of the Blues

Shalin de Mel (85) and Ryan Fernando (70) propped S. Thomas’ College up on day 1 of the 141st Battle of the Blues encounter as the School by the Sea finished on 271/6 after being sent in to bat by Royal College.

De Mel and opening partner Dilmin Rathnayake survived the all-important first hour of play, despite the best efforts of Kavindu Pathirathne, who got the ball to move early on. The right-arm quick did manage to cause a bit of trouble with the new ball, troubling Rathnayake in particular. Rathnayake was lucky to survive a few streaky shots and was given a life when he was dropped at gully in the 11th over but nevertheless he and his partner de Mel put on a valuable 49-run stand to give S. Thomas’ a steady start.

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Royal-Thomian Mini Battle ends in draw – STC retains Reid-Gunesekera Shield

The Royal-Thomian 2nd XI encounter, a.k.a. the Mini Battle ended in a draw this evening at Mount Lavinia, after two exciting days of cricket.


Royal College, having won the toss on a typical Mount Lavinia wicket with a tinge of fresh grass on it, had no hesitation in putting the hosts in to bat yesterday morning. The decision seemed justified at first as the Thomian top order struggled to come to terms with the assistance that was provided by the pitch.

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S. Thomas’ College 2nd XI vs Royal College 2nd XI- Mini Battle 2020- 6th and 7th March – S. Thomas’ College Big Club Grounds

S. Thomas’ College –(273/8)

Royal College – (37/2)

Royal trail by 236 with 8 wickets in hand

Thenuka Liyanage takes honours with a fighting 157

The first day of the mini battle was held at the Big Club grounds on the 6th of March. The day was mostly spent with the Thomian 1st innings. After winning the toss, the captain of the visiting team opted to bowl first on the pitch. This worked in favour of the bowling side, who took advantage of the early swing on offer. At one point the scorecard read 35 for the loss of 5, with Sonal Amarasekara taking a fourer.

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Trinitians overcome Thomians in second-half blitz

Trinity College pulled off a scrappy but deserving victory over St. Thomas’ College as they managed to retain the Canon R. S. De Saram Shield for the 4th year running. Despite the halftime scores reading 07-08 in favor of the Thomians, Trinity managed to finish 17-08 as their opponents were down to 13 and were gifted many opportunities. 

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Finally Home – The 140th Battle of the Blues

On the 7th of March 2019, hot off the heels of the cycle parades, the 140th Battle of the Blues began with as much fanfare as is expected of a cricketing tradition that spans more than a century. A brilliantly sunny Thursday was the ideal day to begin one of the most anticipated encounters between S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Royal College, Colombo.

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