DS vs Mahanama - 4th Annual OBA big match



(Mahanama College OBA U.K. vs. DS Senanayake College OBA U.K.)

BIG MATCH - 22 MAY 2011

(22nd May 2011) Last Sunday, the Wembley Cricket Club grounds, was the stage for the fourth annual ‘Battle of the Golds’ Big Match between the Old Boys’ Associations of Mahanama College and DS Senanayake College.

Encouraged on by a considerable crowd of very vocal, yet good humoured, supporters (made up of former students, their friends and families, ranging from young and old alike), the two schools did engage in valiant battle over the span of the day over two matches- with the main match (involving 35 overs) involving players under 30 and a further match (of 10 overs) involving players over 30.

The Main Match: In a well matched contest, the young players from Mahanama College OBA UK proved victorious, thanks to a team effort, of which the leading score of 79 by Ravidu Jayathissa (which earned him the Man of the Match Award) was a particular delight to witness for all gathered. (Final score: 187/9 (39 Overs) DS Senanayake ;  188/5 (31 Overs) Mahanama).

The Over 30s Match: The seniors match was an even more tightly fought contest (shortened to 10 overs by reason of available light/time), which saw the final ball of the game providing the decider for D S Senanayake College by one run. The adjudged Man of the Match went to the well deserving and capable, Chula De Silva, with an unbeaten 27. (Final score: 63/3 (10 Overs) Mahanama ; 67/1 (10 Overs) DS Senanayake).

It was a very enjoyable day that was capped off with a presentation ceremony attended by the Presidents of the respective OBAs, Mr Kapila Mallikarachchi and Mr Saman Fernando, as well as: Mr Azahim Mohamed (former President of the Festival of Cricket (FOC) committee), Mr Gnana Sankaralingam (Secretary, FOC committee) and Mr Shanthi Senadheera (Managing Partner, Shanthi & Co. Solicitors) and a superb set by Mahanama Old Boy and leading musician, DJ Vanni.

Thanks must go to the sponsors (namely, Colombo Exchange and its owner, Mr Ravi Ravindran), the organisers, those who gave up their time resources and energy voluntarily (including, Lihiniya Restaurant, DJ Vanni and Mr. Lakana Yalagala) and, most especially, to the players and supporters who made the whole day memorable and danced/enjoyed themselves throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning.

By Dinu Senadheera