The boys from Darley Road had a mixed bag of a under 19 division one cricket season in 2015/16 but they are expected to produce a stellar performance in the upcoming 82nd Joe-Pete ‘Battle of the Saints’ against arch-rivals, St. Peter’s College on the 4th and 5th of March at P. Sara Oval grounds.
Bit of History:
The Josephians have a proud history in the gentlemen’s game. They were one of the first schools in the country to embrace cricket and it has been played for close to 120 years so far at Darley Road. Over the years, Joes have produced many astonishing and archetypal cricketers such as Fairley Dalpethado, Ashley De Silva, Ajith Weerakkody and Chaminda Vaas.
In the recent years, St. Joseph’s College has been the top provider of cricketers to the national team with current ODI and Test captain Angelo Mathews, all-rounder Thisara Perera and number one Test opener, Dimuth Karunarathne fondly known as the ‘Josephian Mafia’ all coming through during the past few years. Other players in the caliber of Roshane Silva, Chathuranga Kumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Priyamal Perera are also knocking on the doors of the national team with impressive club cricket performances in recent times.
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In the year 2007, St. Joseph’s College were crowned Sri Lanka’s best school team under the leadership of Rajeewa Weerasinghe while in 2011, under Roscoe Thattil, they bagged the schools limited-overs championship. They last recorded a win in their ‘Big Match’ series in 2008 under Ruwantha Fernandopulle’s captaincy. During the past 81 encounters, the boys in blue & white have won the ‘Big Match’ on 12 occassions while their brothers from Bambalapitiya have only won on 9 occasions.