(Royal versus S. Thomas' Cricket Match), the annual cricket
match between Royal College, Colombo
(a government-run non-denominational school accommodates approximately 8,000 students) and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia
(a private Anglican school that has about 2500 boys on roll) is the second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world (the oldest being the series between St Peters College and Prince Alfred College, South Australia), even older than the Ashes, having being played for 131 years continuously. The original match was played between the Colombo Academy and S. Thomas' College in 1879, with schoolmasters participating as well as schoolboys. From 1880 onwards, only schoolboys were allowed to play in the match. It is the only school boy cricket match in Sri Lanka to be played over three days.
This match is played for the prestigious D. S. Senanayake Memorial Shield. Incidentally, Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake
, who became independent Ceylon's (as Sri Lanka was known at the time) first Prime Minister
, donned the Thomian cap in 1901 and 1902. This shield was first presented in 1928.
The "Battle of the Blues" is filled with pageantry. With decorated tents, flags and baila singing and dancing groups present all around the city and the ground itself during the match days and in the days leading up to it. The match is held on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. By tradition, the schools are closed on match days to... Read More