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“This, my son, is the Royal-Thomian match. But it’s not as good as it was in my day” Remininsces of Royal – Thomian Merry-making in the 50s & 60s

By Odath Weerasinghe Back at the Big Match – In 2004, I took my 14-year-old Australian-born son to the 125th Royal-Thomian Cricket Match in Colombo. It was his first time ever at a Royal-Thomian. Having heard that the match these days is not what it used to be where merry-making or “honking” (as it was called in my day) was ...

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Thomians avenge last year’s defeat; Royal thrashed by an innings

By Ranjan Anandappa CRICKET: S.Thomas’, with a superior all round effort avenged their defeat last year by completely outplaying Royal in all departments of the game to win the 128th Battle of the Blues encounter by an innings and 44 runs at the SSC grounds yesterday. The Thomians accomplished their memorable win just 95 minutes into the pre-lunch session when the ...

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Some reminiscences of the 1930s

By R.B. Wijesinha My association, connections and memory of the Royal – Thomian ‘Classic’ goes back to 1928, when N. Kandiah captained Royal and Roy Hermon led S. Thomas’. The match was drawn, but had a sensational finish, with STC eight wickets down and still needing 111 runs to win; the debacle caused by Royal’s S. S. Jayawickrema with a brilliant ...

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The Royal-Thomian Cricket Match – 1925

By The Hon. J. R. Jayewardene (Re-printed from the 1972 Battle of the Blues Souvenir) The Royal – Thomian Match has a fascination which passeth all understanding, especially to Royalists and Thomians, old and young My first memory is of the 1917 match played at the Campbell park, I was waving the “Blue and Gold” flag to cheer on E.A. ...

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The Straw hat and the Uniform

By Hafeel Farisz Its March again I’d rather be in the Cinnamon Gardens police station than write this piece of nostalgia. It’s just so hard to condition my mind and to think I’m an old boy ahh I hate even the thought of it. I’m now only One of the many thousand guys who would be talking of their days in ...

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The Royal/Thomian – a cricketer’s perspective from half a century ago

By Nirmal Hettiaratchy For as long as I can remember, playing cricket for Royal was my greatest ambition! I suppose it helped that my father, an old royalist, despite the fact that he worked outstation for most of his life, made the trek to the Wanathamulla Oval every year and my long suffering mother and us kids, there were 4 of ...

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The other side…

By Rishan Danthasinghe A school van stops in the traffic…. A boy locks his eyes on a gaudy black and blue piece of cloth being swayed outside that van. He creeps towards the van…. In a fraction of a second he flicks that flag and runs flat out in the traffic…. mission accomplished!!!! Yees yees yees, it’s the Roy-Tho… it’s ...

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Playing the game… Big match style

Eustace Rulach [Features Editor, Ceylon Observer] (Re-printed from the 1972 Battle of the Blues Souvenir) Our young cricketer is feeling good. Today is Big Match day and he is bubbling with confidence as he has two half centuries under his belt from previous matches in the season, and he is rated as one of the chief run-getters in the side. ...

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An appreciation of a distinguished royalist, a professional and a cricket enthusiast

BY: S. S. PERERA One of the few Royalists to get his name in the prestigious “WISDEN CRICKETERS’ ALMANACK”, is Ajith Chrysantha Stephen Perera, who received the worthy recognition to be amongst EIGHT CRICKET PEOPLE FOR 1999. Ajith as he is known to all, has spent over 25 years taking much interest in the technical and training side of cricket, ...

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