Moratuwa comes alive to the sound of Papare Bands this October as Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, continuing its promise to support Sri Lanka sports has come forth once again to power the 72nd edition of the Battle of the Golds encounter between home town archrivals, St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa.
The 2022 edition of the ‘Battle of the Golds is scheduled to be played at De Soysa Stadium in full capacity for spectators, the Big Match will be played on the 27th and 28th of October 2022, and the eagerly anticipated 50-over game, which will be played for the 37th such occasion this year, is scheduled to be played on the following day at the SSC.
The Cambrians will be led allrounder, Tharindu Gimantha Amarasinghe while the Sebastianites will play under the captaincy of allrounder Bihanga Mendis.
Cricketers from both schools have represented the game at the highest level, including 1996 World Cup winner Romesh Kaluvitharana and Sri Lanka Captain Duleep Mendis. The current players representing Sri Lanka include Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama and Amila Aponso, all of whom are from St. Sebastian’s College and Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne are from Cambrians.
As the principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made arrangements to LIVE stream the Limited Overs match via Sri Lanka’s largest sports hub, thepapare.com, Dialog VIU mobile app and will also be shown LIVE on Dialog TV Channel 140.
The tally between the two schools presently stands at six wins for the Cambrians and three wins for the Sebastianites. St. Sebastian’s College is the present holder of the cup, having last won it in 2011 under the captaincy of Sanitha De Mel. In the last encounter, the two-day Big Match ended in a tame draw, while the Cambrians secured a hard-fought 02 run victory at the one-day encounter.
In the limited over encounters, the Sebastianites lead with 17 wins to the Cambrians’ 16 with one tie and two abandoned games.
Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Paralympic sports – by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.