The 55th Battle of the Brothers encounter for the Blackham Wijewardene Memorial Trophy got the Big Match season off to an exciting start at the Sinhalese Sports Club Grounds earlier today.
Two other matches also got underway in venues across the island. They were,
- 17th Battle of the Salpiti Raigam between Piliyandala MMV and Taxila College Horana
- 18th Battle of the Heroes between Thellipalai Mahajana and Kandarodai Skandavarodhaya
The 55th Battle of the Brothers
Thurstan holds a narrow five against four lead over Isipathana College but their last outright win was way back in 1992. To press and get a result out of the game, hosts Thurstan College increased the number of overs per team to 60 in the first innings.
And at the end of 60 overs, Thurstan College declared at 314 for 5 few minutes ago. Gayavihan Mahavithana was unbeaten at 125. Nimesh Perera and Savan Prabash contributed with useful half centuries.
All eyes will be on Pathana skipper Ayana Siriwardena as he walks in to bat later today or tomorrow.
17th Battle of the Salpiti Raigam
Batting first, Piliyandala MMV are 200 for 5 in 63 overs. Heshan Madushanka made 73 and Chamuth Sandaru is still at the crease with 23 runs under his name.
The two day match is being held at the De Soyza Grounds in Moratuwa.
Big Match Schedule
|Match Date||Big Match||Venue|
|23/24 February||Piliyandala Central vs Taxila Horana – 17th Raigam-Salpita Korale||Moratuwa Stadium|
|23/24 February||Mahajana vs Skandavarodaya – 18th Battle of Heroes||Mahajana Grounds|
|23/24 February||Thurstan vs Isipathana – 55th Battle of Brothers||SSC Grounds|
|2/3 March||St Joseph’s vs St Peter’s – 84th Battle of Saints||P.Sara Oval|
|3/4 March||Ananda vs Nalanda – 89th Battle of Maroons||SSC Grounds|
|8/9/10 March||Royal vs S. Thomas’ -139th Battle of the Blues||SSC Grounds|
|8/9/10 March||Jaffna Central vs St John’s – 112th Battle of North||Jaffna Central Grounds|
|9/10 March||Trinity vs St.Anthony’s – 101th Battle of Blues (Kandy)||Asgiriya Stadium|
|9/10 March||Maliyadeva vs St. Anne’s – 35th Battle of the Rocks||Welegedara Stadium|
|9/10 March||Kalutara Vidyalaya vs Tissa Central – 60th Battle of Mangoosteen||Surrey Grounds|
|9/10 March||St.Sebastian’s vs Prince of Wales – 68th Battle of Golds||Moratuwa Stadium|
|9/10 March||St. Sylvester’s vs Vidyartha – 58th Battle of Babes||Pallekelle Stadium|
|9/10 March||Colombo Hindu vs Jaffna Hindu – 9th Battle of the Hindus||Jaffna Hindu Grounds|
|16/17 March||DS Senanayake vs Mahanama – 12th Battle of Gold||P. Sara Oval|
|16/17 March||Sri Sumangala vs Moratu Vidyalaya – 66th Battle of the Golds||Moratuwa Stadium|
|16/17 March||Richmond vs Mahinda – 113th Lovers Quarrel||Galle Stadium|
|16/17 March||Dharmaraja vs Kingswood – 112th Battle of Maroons (Kandy)||Pallekelle Stadium|
|23/24 March||Lumbini vs Bandaranayake – 5th Battle of the Ever Green||P. Sara Oval|
|23/24/25 March||St.Servatius’ vs St.Thomas’ – 118th Battle of Blues (South)||Uyanwatta|
|30/31 March||Dharmapala vs Rahula Matara – 7th Battle of the Golden Lions||Uyanwatta|
|1/2 April||Sri Devananda vs Dharmasoka – 51st Battle of Blues||Moratuwa|
|7/8 April||St. John’s vs Ananda Shastralaya – 22nd Battle of Sri Jayawardenapura||R. Premadasa|
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