The 139th ‘Battle of the Blues’ Big Match,the 2nd longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world, between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College to be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds (SSC) Colombo on 8th, 9th and 10th March at 9am onward.
The Annual School cricket matches between rival schools is a very popular event in Sri Lanka. Many of the annual `big’ matches are held in February - March and the most famous and awaited of these all is the annual Royal - Thomian cricket match. Big Matches form an important part of modern Sri Lankan culture with both school children and adults taking part in much of the activity that is part of the annual matches.
Big Match Fixtures – 2018
|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|
Limited Over Fixtures – 2018
|Match Date||Big Match||Venue|
|24th February||Loyola vs Christ King – 1st One Day Encounter||P. Sara Oval|
|04th March||Thurstan vs Isipathana – 38th One Day Encounter||P. Sara Oval|
|11th March||St.Sebastian’s vs Prince of Wales – 33rd One Day Encounter||Moratuwa Stadium|
|11th March||Maliyadeva vs St.Anne’s – 35th Battle of the Rocks||Welegedara stadium|
|17th March||Royal vs S. Thomas’ – 43rd One Day Encounter||SSC Grounds|
|17th March||Trinity vs St.Anthony’s – Sir Bernard Aluwihare Trophy||Katugasthota|
|17th March||St. Sylvester’s vs Vidyartha||Asgiriya Stadium|
|18th March||Ananda vs Nalanda – 44th One Day Encounter||SSC Grounds|
|24th March||St.Joseph’s vs St Peter’s – 44th One Day Encounter||SSC Grounds|
|24th March||Richmond vs Mahinda – One Day Encounter||Galle Stadium|
|24th March||DS Senanayake vs Mahanama -12th One Day Encounter||R.Premadasa stadium|
|25th March||Kalutara Vidyalaya vs Tissa Central – 10th One Day Encounter||Panadura Grounds|
|25th March||Dharmaraja vs Kingswood – 28th Hill Country One Day Encounter||Pallekelle Stadium|
|1st April||Dharmapala vs Rahula Matara – 7th Battle of the Golden Lions||Uyanwatta|
|4th April||Lumbini vs Bandaranayake – 5th Battle of the Ever Green||R.Premadasa stadium|
Mahinda Richmond Clash
Dharmasoka Devananda Clash
· Royal–Thomian (1879 – present)
· Dharmaraja–Kingswood (1893 – present)
· Central–St.John (North) (1901 – present) (interrupted)
· Richmond–Mahinda (1905 – present)
· Trinity-Anthony’s (1914–present)
· Ananda-Nalanda (1924 – present)
· St Peter's-St. Joseph's (1933 – present)
· Maliyadeva-St. Anne's (1959 – present)
· Thurstan-Isipathana (1964–present)
· Royal Panadura-St. John's(1992–present)· Royal Wayamba -Sir John Kotalawala (2005-present)
The 89th Battle of Maroons Big Match cricket encounter between Ananda and Nalanda College will take place at the SSC ground on March 3 and 4, 2018. The One Day Encounter is on 18th March at SSC Ground Colombo.
The Big Match cricket encounter between Mahanama and DS will take place at the P saravanamuttu ground on March 22 and 23 2013. The One Day Encounter is on 30th March at SSC Ground Colombo.
The 113th Lovers' Quarrrel the Big Match cricket encounter between Mahinda College Galle - MCG and Richmand College will take place at the Galle Stadium on March 16 and 17 , 2018.
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