Joe-Pete big match opens new chapter
Two schools that produced many Sri Lankan cricketers take a course
for the better:
The stage is set for the 82nd Battle of the Saints big match cricket
encounter between St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College at the P
Sara Oval on March 4 and 5 with the encounter receiving a huge boost as
the country's foremost heavyweight commercial promoter of sports Dialog
Axiata stepped in as key sponsor.
Fr. Travis Gabriel (second from left) the rector of St.
Joseph’s College and Fr Trevor Martin (second from right)
the rector of St. Peter’s College along with Dialog
Enterprise Chief Officer Jeromy Huxtable and the two
captains Sanduruwan Rodrigo (left-St. Joseph’s College) and
Vinu Mohotty (right-St. Peter’s College) at the launch and
sponsorship of the annual Battle of the Saints big match at
the Sports Ministry Auditorium, Race Course Colombo on
Thursday ( Picture by Sudam Gunasinghe)
The Peterites move in with a better track record this season after
posting five outright wins under coach Malinda Warnapura, the former Sri
Speaking at its launch at the Sports Ministry auditorium on Thursday,
the sporting rector of St. Joesph's College Rev Fr. Travis Gabriel said
the big match and the two schools turned a new phase in reactivating
interest in the encounter which experienced a drop in spectator
patronage in recent years.
"The trend has been set and we are on the right track", said Fr
Travis Gabriel addressing invitees and the media. "The Joe-Pete has a
sense of belonging and we are fortunate that Dialog entered the scene to
help us take it forward to a better level".
The two teams will play for the Rev. Father Maurice Le Goc Trophy in
memory of the founder missionary of both schools.
This year St. Joseph's College will be led by batsman Sandaruwan
Rodrigo while the Peterites will be under the captaincy of all-rounder
To enhance the interest of sporting rivalry between the two schools,
a new logo was unveiled with their respective emblems side-by-side
against a blue backdrop.
It will be a feature at all sporting encounters played between the
two academies that possess a rich history of tradition for over eight
"I would like to announce that the joint committee of the two schools
which got off the ground just last year have taken the initiative to
launch a new joint logo representing the Battle of the Saints in this
year's encounter. The new initiatives taken by the joint match committee
is sure to raise the bar of this annual event that draws the old and
young from the two schools", said Fr.Travis Gabriel.
Rector of St. Peter's College Rev Fr.Trevor Martin said the big match
between the two schools was one of the most looked forward to events in
the Sri Lanka schools cricket calendar and this year will be no
exception with both colleges expected to produce some top action on the
field of play.
"We know the pulse of old boys of both schools and the standard that
has to be maintained both on and off the field which has been the case
with the Joe-Pete that we all look forward to", Fr. Martin said.
St. Joseph's College leads the series tally with 12 wins with their
last win under the captaincy of Ruwantha Fernandopulle in 2008 while St.
Peter's College last registered a win under Shehan Fernando's leadership
The Peterites won the match on nine occasions and the past three
encounters ended in draws.
Ever since the two schools decided to restrict their first innings to
60 overs in 2002, there had been three positive results.
For the first time the match as well as the limited overs contest,
the following week, will be telecast live on Dialog television (channel
one) as well as live streaming on papare.com website and My TV on
The chief guest on the occasion will be Berchman de Alwis, who
skippered the Joes in 1964.
Both schools also say they are proud of the fact that they produced
several top class cricketers in Angelo Mathews, Chaminda Vaas, Thisara
Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ashley de Silva and Michael Van Dort (from
Joseph's College), Roy Dias, Rumesh Ratnayake, Russell Arnold, Vinodhan
John, Amal Silva, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Malinda Warnapura (from St.
Peter's College) who graduated and played for Sri Lanka.
The Joe-Pete limited overs match played for the Rev. Fr. Peter Pillai
trophy will be worked off on March 12 at the R. Premadasa International
St Joseph's College squad:
Sandaruwan Rodrigo (captain), Kevin Corteling, Malshan Rodrigo,
Vimukthi Peiris, Sachitha de Silva, Dario Dasanayake, Kavindu Jayatissa,
Thasan Perera, Nipun Sumanasinghe, Charuka Ullandupitiya, Harin Cooray,
Dineth Madurawala, Jehan Daniel, Revan Kelly, Ruchira Ekanayake, Havin
Perera, Pahan Perera, Neran Goonetilleke, Shevon Fonseka.
Coach: Asela Pathirana
St. Peter's College squad:
Vinu Mohotty (captain), Hashan Wanasekera, Sadish Pathiranage, Randel
Seneviratne, Dinal Jayakody, Chandula Jayamanne, Lakshina Rodrigo,
Taneesha Weerakoon, Anishka Perera, Ravindu Silva, Sachin Fernando,
Jeremy Fernando, Manelka de Silva, Santhush Gunatilleke, Ranmith
Jayasena, Ashanth Malker, Shelon Rodrigo, Inesh Fernando, Vinul
Coach: Malinda Warnapura