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14th Battle of the Greens at Panadura
Royalists have edge over Johnians
By M. Shamil Amit
The much looked forward cricketing event of Panadura between Royal College and St. John's College which is known as the Battle of the Greens will be played today and tomorrow at the Panadura Esplanade.

This will be the 14th in the series. The Royalists recorded the only win in 2002 when they defeated their rivals by eight wickets. The two teams are well balanced and a close tussle could be witnessed. The Royalists will be strengthened with the inclusion of Sri Lanka Under 19 player Manoj Chanaka who is the most experienced player of the side. He was unable to play in most of the school matches this season due to national commitments. This season the team has performed fairly well winning seven of their matches on first innings.

The Royalists will be led by Shashika Ashen with Anushka de Alwis as his deputy. They will hope for a good start from openers Anushka de Alwis and Kasun Lakshan who have been among the runs this season. The other batsmen who are capable of making big scores and keep the scoreboard moving are skipper Ashen, Pushpa Nisades, Uditha Eranka, Manoj Chanaka and Kushan Sanjeewa. Manoj Chanaka and Sadeep Kumara will open the attack with support coming from Manuka Umesh, Kasun Lakshan and Uditha Eranka.

The Johanians will be led by Tharanga Ravin with Tharaka Chandima as his deputy. To give them a flying start will be in the hands of Dinusha Danusekera and Pradeep Chaminda with skipper Ravin, Indika Silva and Buddika Fernando to support them. To curtail the Royalists there is Tharaka Chandima and dual-purpose bowler skipper Ravin who also bowls spin. The other bowlers are Indika Silva and Buddika Fernando.

The Royalists are coached by Sumith Prasanna while Dilip Prasanna is in charge of St John's. The encounter is played for the Mervyn J. Cooray challenge trophy. There will separate awards for the best batsman, bowler and fielder.

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