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.
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.
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.
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
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.