The Moratu Giants, Prince of Wales’ College and St. Sebastian College will lock horns for what will be the 69th time in the Battle of the Golds at De Soysa stadium on 15th and 16th of March and 34th annual limited over encounter which will follow at the same venue on the 17th.
The press conference for the mega event which will gather Moratuwa into just one place was held on Tuesday, 5th of March with the participation of Old boys, School Cricket teams and the Organizing committee at Janaki Hotel, Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, extends sponsorship for the 69th Battle of the Golds, the Annual cricketing encounter between Prince of Wales’ College and St. Sebastian College. Chief Digital Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC, Lasantha Theverapperuma was present at the head table with Cambrian’s Principle Kusala Fernando and St Sebastian’s Rector Rev. Ranjith Andradi.
So far, the Cambrians have the slight edge in the records as they lead the victory column with 6 to Sebastian’s 3 wins. But in limited overs encounters, the roles are reversed as Sebastians have an impressive 17-13 lead.
The historic clash between the two prestigious colleges in the country began in 1933 as an initiative of the then Principle of Prince of Wales’ College J.B.C. Rodrigo and Rector of St. Sebastian’s College Rev. Bro. Bonaventure at the Cambrian grounds.
The event was halted between 1938 to 1952 and 1969,1970 as well. Since 1972 the battle has been being held without any hindrance to this day. In 1981 the limited over encounter was added to the big match event.
Nawanindu Fernando who is the younger brother of Sri Lanka Test Cap Vishwa Fernadno will lead the St. Sebastian team this time while the impressive all-rounder Suwath Mendis will guide the Cambrian’s unit for the first time.
“The most important thing will be the brotherhood between the two colleges and we are bound to protect that. We are well prepared and waiting to show that in the middle and win it for Mother Wales” – Cambrian Captain, Suwath Mendis was confident about his teams’ chances ahead of the clash.
Nawanindu expressed that their team has done really well in the ongoing U19 Cricket Tournament and are keen to continue that form into the big match as well. He further added that unlike the last time’s draw, Sebastians are looking for a win.
These two colleges have produced more than a handful of players to the motherland in the likes of Avishka Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanna and Shehan Jayasuriya to name a few.