Sebs enter as favorites as POW aim to upset
St. Sebastian’s College head into the 67th Battle of the Golds as favorites to defend their 2011 title win while Prince of Wales will be seeking an upset as they look to regain the trophy.
History of the Encounter
These two distinguished educational institutions Prince of Wales and St. Sebastian's’ College situated in Moratuwa commenced their Big Match series in 1933. The Cambrians have won sixwhile the Sebastian’s have won just three encounters between each other. Cambrians registered their last win 1977 under Premlal Fernando while the Sebs last win came in 2011 under Sanitha de Mel.
The highest team total is 415 for 9, recorded by the Cambrians in 1958 while the Sebastian’s highest total was 355 for the loss of 7 in 1937. The lowest total for POW is 67 in 1984, the lowest for their opposition being 36 in 1937.
The highest individual total by a Cambrian came in 1991 off the bat of Nilantha Bopage as the batsman notched up 179. For the Sebastianites it was Jerald Mendis who scored 148.
St. Sebastians College
The Sebs come into this game, having placed 5th in group A, but their standing does not do justice to the team that lines up. They have 1 win, 5 draws a single loss and a solitary no result this season.
Captain and under 19 Sri Lankan player, Mishen Silva will be leading the side at the big match as he seeks to beat arch rivals Prince of Wales.
Sri Lanka national player, right hand batsman Avishka Fernando is undoubtedly the lynchpin in the Sebastina’s batting. He has not featured much with his school team having been on National duty but he will hope to bring all his experience into the big match and limited over encounter.
Another Sri Lanka under 19 representative, Praveen Jayawickrama will be the leader in the bowling pack with his left arm spin. He too has seen less game time for the college with national duty, but look up to his national experiences to guide him.[rev_slider dfcc728] .
Prince of Wales College
The Cambrians come into the big match standing higher on the group table. They have got under their belt 3 wins 3 draws and a loss and no result a piece but this match will be a whole different test.
Captain and under 19 cap, Vishva Chathuranga is another man who has missed out on majority of the school season due to national duty but will look to step up on the big day for his school.
Thilan Nimesh is a lad who has shone for the Cambrians this season. While bagging 690 runs with a best of 111 against DS Senannayake, Nimesh has scalped 52 wickets with his crafty left arm spin.
Sanoj Darshika, has been the binding force in the middle order for Prince of Wales with his 610 runs, with an impressive best off 112 against St. Benedict’s College. The dependable middle order bat strengthens and provides depth to the Cambrian line up this season.
St. Sebastian’s finished the group stage lower than Prince of Wales but on paper they come in as favorites. On the other-hand the Cambrians will hope that recent form kicks in as they look to register a win after 40 years.
Both teams’ face-off in their big match on the 10th and 11th March from the Tyronne Fernando stadium.
The limited over encounter will take place on the 12th and will be telecasted live on ThePapare.com.