Battle of the Maroons

The Legendary Cricket Encounter Ananda vs Nalanda

Welcome to Battle of the Maroons - Ananda vs Nalanda

Welcome to the web site of the “Battle of the Maroons”, an exclusive website launched in 2010, the year in which this historic cricketing encounter was played for the 81st time.

Nalanda having come into existence as an off shoot of Ananda in 1924, a "Big Match" was initiated between the two brotherly schools with the aim of building relations between students of the two institutions and developing their cricket in the sporting arena. Thus the first Battle of the Maroons was played between Ananda and Nalanda in 1924.

Soon the Big Match began to be played with much pride and fanfare and became the most awaited and cherished event for all those connected with both schools. A fine tradition was built over the decades while the cricketing abilities of both schools grew surpassing other cricket playing schools in the Island. The Battle of the Maroons gradually became a symbol of the brotherhood between Ananda and Nalanda that has been unique in a country where many schools try to outdo their counterparts.

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40th One Day Encounter















Taking first lease of the wicket Ananda scored 242 for 08 wickets at the end of their 50 overs in the 40th limited overs match. Sahan Arachchige top scored with 89 runs and Pasindu Thitmadura gave him good support with a knock of 38 to help them put up a formidable total for Ananda.

In reply Nalanda had scored 16 runs for the loss of 02 wickets by the end of 06 overs when the match was interrupted by rain. As the rain continued till late evening , the 40th one day encounter had to be abandoned without a decision.

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85th Battle ended in a draw















Ananda were all out for 170 runs on day one of the 85th Battle of the Maroons. Sahan Arachichige was the highest scorer for them with 40 runs while Lakkana Jayasekera contributed with 36 runs. Nalanda's opening bowler Anuththara Madawa captured 4 Ananda Wickets for 32 runs. The match had to be stopped due to bad weather immediately after Nalanda started batting.

On the second day Nalanda scored 248 for 5 wickets in reply to Ananda's total of 170. Senura Amarasinghe scored 62 runs and Pramud Hettiwatta scored 46 while Malinga Amarasinghe who top scored for Nalanda with 90 not out had to miss out on a possible "Big Match century" as the match had to be stopped after Tea due to bad light and rain. Thus the 85th Battle of the Maroons ended in a draw with rain and bad light interrupting play on both days.

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The Maroons are great ...
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 03rd Apr 2014

Way back in 1970's I bought a "pin-on badge" at a Big Match between Ananda and Nalanda and the inscription on that said "Ananda - Nalanda , Maroons are Great" - with the crests of the two schools printed in Maroon on a white back ground. There were no other colours on this badge. No gold , no silver only Maroon lettering on a white background.

Todate every time I visit the Big Match this badge has been one priced possession I carry with pride. But why ? Why are the Maroons of Ananda and Nalanda great ?

They are great because it does not matter to them whether they are from one school or the other as long as they could respect each other in true sportsmanship on and off the field. - because they believe that what matters more is the spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood than who wins or loses when they meet each other in their legendary cricket encounter year after year, now dating back over 8 decades.

Maroons are great because it does not matter to them whether your position as a leader will be at stake as long as you fight for the rights of your team mates, like how the great Arjuna Ranatunga did in 1995 when our spin king Muttiah Muralitharan was penalised wrongly for his bowling action.

They are great because they value being honest irrespective of whether you win or lose a game or miss a milestone like how the great Mahela Jayawardena walked out 9 runs short of a Test century, though at a crucial stage of a match against New Zealand, when he knew he had been caught behind.

Maroons are great because they know that - when the time comes for the scorer to write against their names, he will not consider whether they were laced with Gold or lined with Silver as long as they have played the game in true sportsmanship of the Maroons.

Long live the spirit of true Maroons ...

Workshop for Cricketers from Ananda and Nalanda
by Varuna Ratnaweera & Prabhath Karriapperuma | 31st Mar 2014

In keeping with the tradition of having a familiarisation workshop on new laws of the game, the Sub Committee for Technical Affairs of the Battle of the Maroons Joint Organising Committee conducted an interesting workshop on 26th March for players from Ananda and Nalanda.

The Masters in Charge and the Prefects of Games from both schools were present at this workshop conducted by Mr Sena Nandiweera, a premier umpire in Sri Lanka, who briefed the participants about new rules of the game and also stressed on the spirit of sportsmanship that should prevail throughout the game.

This workshop provided an ideal training ground for all the young cricket stars who are anxiously waiting for their turn to take part in the most important match in their school cricket career.

The Technical Committee wishes to express its appreciation to all participants who were present on this important occasion.

Battle of the Maroons, contributes to the development of Sports at Ananda & Nalanda















The joint organising committee has allocate Rs 2.5 million to each school, out of the profits of the 84th Maroons Battle and the payments were presented to the two Principals at a simple ceremony held at Ananda College on 11th of October.

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The 39th limited Overs match















The 39th limited overs match was concluded successfully on 05th May at R premadasa stadium.Ananda won the encounter.

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Ananda - Nalanda 39th One day match on 05th May at R Premadasa Intl. Stadium
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 30th Apr 2013

Ananda College, Colombo, established on November 1, 1886, by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott hass been a symbol of buddhism within and beyond the borders of Sri Lanka since its inception.

In the early 1920's a few class rooms of Ananda, were set up at the far end of their play ground to house the primary section. The founding father of Nalanda - Mr P de S Kularatne - had the intention of turning this unit into a separate educational entity and thus transferred a set of "bright sparks" to these new classes. A few years from then saw the birth of a new educational entity which was named Nalanda with Mr Gunapala Malalasekera as its first Principal.Thus Nalanda sprung in to existence as a part of Ananda - like when a father builds another house for a younger brother in a family to stay in - Ananda and Nalanda are just two components of one family.

Today, as two giants in the educational sphere in the country, Ananda and Nalanda have produced a vast array of illustrious sons whom we can all be proud of as Sri Lankans.

It was in 1924 that they started the rich tradition of a friendly cricketing encounter - now called "the Battle of the Maroons", just to signify the competitive nature in which the game is played - though its more of a "cricket festival" of the maroons than a "battle".

In 1975, the year that the first Cricket World Cup was played, Ananda and Nalanda commenced a series of One Day encounters.That first encounter saw the two teams captained by Sidath Wettimuni and the late Anura Ranasinghe, who was also a member of the Inaugural World Cup team of Sri Lanka.That match ended in a close finish Ananda emerging winners by just 3 runs having restricted Nalanda to 192 for 9 wickets after scoring 195 runs in their turn.

The series of one day matches between the two schools have produced two centurions, Ananda's Marvan Atapattu scoring 118 in 1989 and Nalanda's Gihan Rupasinghe , 101 in 2006.

Ananda has won the One Day encounter on 22 occasions while Nalanda has 14 wins to her credit with 2 matches having ended without decisions due to bad weather.

Led by Thushara Samarakoon and Lahiru Jayakody respectively Ananda and Nalanda will battle it out for the P de S Kularatne Trophy, in their 39th One Day encounter on Sunday 05th May at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium commencing at 9.30 am.

Two records for Nalanda in the 84th Maroons Battle
The highest total and the best partnership
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 06 Mar 2013

When the Nalanda batsmen knocked 298 for 5 wickets and declared their innings immediately after their star performer Pramud Hettiwatte reached his century in the 84th Maroons Battle, they had surpassed the highest total in the series by Nalanda - 290 runs scored in 1954.

Thus they broke a record that had stood the test of time for almost six decades with a splendid batting display, boosted by 4 noteworthy knocks. Opener Woshantha de Silva scoring a quick fire 37, Malinga Amarasinghe scoring a patient 60 runs before Avishka de Silva was partnered by Pramud Hettiwatte in an unbeaten partnership of 167 runs

That partnership is also the highest for Nalanda in this series , eclipsing the 160 run stand between Carl Obaysekeara and Ashley de Silva way back in 1950. Avishka de Silva was 77 not out while Pramud Hettiwatte who stroked the ball to all corners of the field remained unbeaten on 102, with 12 boundaries to his credit, when Nalanda decided to declare with 5 wickets down.

Pramud's innings was a treat to watch as he mixed caution with aggression and helped Nalanda to this record total with his partner Avishka.

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84th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw
Pramud Hettiwatte and Dhanuka Pathirana shines with centuries and Nalanda scores their highest ever
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 05 Mar 2013

It was as far back as 1954 that Nalanda had reached the 290 run mark in a Big Match against Ananda. And 290 was Nalanda's highest total in this series until they came in to the 84th Maroons Battle, with a not so impressive batting record during the season.

Having been put into bat by the Ananda skipper, Thushara Samarakoon, their chances did not look that great having lost 3 early wickets including their skipper, Lahiru Jayakodi, but opener Woshantha Silva with a hard hit 37 runs and Malinga Amarasinghe with a patient 60 runs added some respectability to the scorecard.

Nalanda rattled a score of 298 and declared their innings with only 5 wickets down, in an attempt to grab the advantage of a wicket or two before close of play.

It was all due to a solid batting display during the fifth wicket partnership of 167 runs between Pramud Hettiwatte who joined Avishka De Silva with the score at 131, that enabled Nalanda to take their total past the highest score in the series.

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Beyond the boundary lines
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 01st Mar 2013

As the month of March begins, the bands are ready with their drums tuned, the trumpets have been polished and the catchy beats have been practiced.

Gold Silver and Maroon flags keep flying high.
Ananda and Nalanda are laced with huge school flags. Wrist bands, head bands, pin on badges and many other souvenirs become available to the students. The clamour to buy them is unbelievable as many a junior boy wants to show their support for the "big heroes" on the cricket field.

The prefects of the two schools play a friendly cricket match, the masters and teachers match their skills, not only in a game of cricket but at netball too.

The big day is about to dawn. Strategic battle plans go on the drawing boards with guidance from the respective masters. There is a refreshing breeze in the air as the two schools that have produced the most number of international cricket stars in Sri Lanka and 6 national cricket captains get ready for their annual encounter.

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Dinesh Chandimal named as Sri Lanka captain of the T20 team
13th Feb 2013
















Another outstanding cricketer from Ananda College, Dinesh Chandimal, who captained his team in the Battle of the Maroons just 4 years ago was yesterday named as Sri Lanka captain of the T20 team.

He has also been appointed Sri Lanka's Vice Captain in Tests and one-day internationals until the end of January 2014 according to a statement issued by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on 14th February.

A proud moment for Ananada and Nalanda on the eve of the 84th Battle of the Maroons.

Battle of the Maroons, contributes to the development of Sports at Ananda & Nalanda
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 01st Feb 2013















Since 2008 when the Battle of the Maroons was played at the SSC Grounds for the 80th time, this friendly cricketing encounter between Sri Lanka's two leading Buddhist educational institutions has experienced a new beginning where there has been a revival of the spectator enthusiasm with the introduction of a carnival atmosphere.

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The 38th limited Overs match
by Manjula Fernando | 12 March 2012















The 38th limited overs match was concluded successfully on 11th at SSC.Ananda won the encounter.
Ananda - 232/10(49.1)
Thushara Samarakoon - 71, Venuka Asahan - 45*, Kusal Dias - 40/3
Nalanda - 211/10 (45.1)
Lahiru Jayakody - 82,Ishan Rangana - 43, Pasindu Madhushan - 36/2
Ananda won by 21 runs.

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The 83rd Battle of the Maroons
by Manjula Fernando | 05 March 2012


















The 83rd Battle of the Maroons was ended in a draw at SSC.

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HE the President - the most distinguished old Nalandian, being presented with the first ticket of the 83rd Battle of the Maroons



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HE signs the Special Big Match plaque















H E the President, the most distinguished Nalandian, was the first to sign the commemorative plaque of the 83rd Battle of the Maroons at a special ceremony held at Nalanda College.

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83rd Battle of the Maroons - Ananda vs Nalanda – the memories are great...
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 29th Feb 2012

As we approach the beginning of March the excitement is gradually building to the Big Match season, the time when the future stars of Sri Lanka cricket show case their talent to the rest of the country.

They keep dreaming about this day for months and months. Whether it be the players, the students or the prefects of the schools, this really is a big occasion for them , an occasion they look forward to from the beginning of the year while being keen partners of all the school matches in the season. It is the time for them to be clad immaculately in their cricketing attire or their white uniforms as the case may be and represent their respective colleges with pride – something any schoolboy would remember for the rest of their lives.

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Ananda and Nalanda – a nursery for many great cricketers
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 18th Feb 2012

The first weekend in March will see the 'giants' in Sri Lanka Cricket gather at the SSC grounds. While the young cricket stars from Ananda and Nalanda take the field to match their skills in the 83rd Battle of the Maroons, the stalwarts from yesteryears will be there reminiscing the good olden days when they strolled down the ground to create many memorable moments for followers of the game in Sri Lanka. .

Ananda and Nalanda, together have not only produced the highest number of international cricket stars for Sri Lanka, they have also gifted us with excellent Cricket Administrators, elite Cricket umpires, respected match referees, leading sports media personnel and very importantly talented commentators with brilliant oratorical skills who were instrumental in popularising the game to this extent through the lengths and breadths of the country. .

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Maroons Nite 2012 - The Gala dinner dance















The inaugural dinner dance organized by the battle of the maroons joint organizing committee together with old Anandian’s sports club and old Nalandians sports club, was a huge success..

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Sri Lanka Telecom - Gold Sponsor of the 83rd Ananda Nalanda Battle of the Maroons
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 04th Jan 2012















Sri Lanka Telecom announced their Gold sponsorship of the 83rd Battle of the Maroons at a press conference that the “Battle of the Maroons Joint Organising Committee” held at the Atrium Lounge – Cinnamon Grand Hotel on Wednesday 4th January.

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Do you know the correct way to play Cricket ?
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 01st Dec 2011















If you think you know a lot about cricket just because you can handle a bat with elegance or bowl some good yorkers or googlies that will put the opposing batsmen in a fix – you are certainly missing some very important things that this noble game can teach you.

The Joint Committee set up to organise the 'Battle of the Maroons 2012' – the traditional Big Match between Ananda and Nalanda which will take its 83rd step on 3rd and 4th March next year, organised what one could call a unique programme, hitherto not thought of by any other school in Sri Lanka on Monday 14th November at the Language Centre Hall at Nalanda College.

This was a Personality Development Programme for about 70 young cricketers in all, 35 from each school, that included the entire squads of both the first XI and second XI teams for a knowledge gathering exercise.

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The 83rd Battle of the Maroons planning kick off
by Manjula Fernando | 02nd Oct 2011

The inaugural planning meeting for the 83rd battle of the maroons was held on 30th September. The joint committee for the next term will be, headed by Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga (Ananda) and Mr. Sidath Waidyasekara (Nalanda).

The 82nd Battle funds distribution to Schools
by Manjula Fernando | 09th June 2011















A ceremony was held at Nalanda College , language lab on 08th June 2011 to distribute the profit earned from the 82nd battle of the maroons to two schools Ananda and Nalanda.

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The 37th limited Overs match
by Manjula Fernando | 13 March 2011















The 37th limited overs match was concluded successfully on 13th at SSC.Ananda won the encounter.

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Galaxy of stars at the SSC
Nalanda Past cricketers pay tribute to their coaches
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 08th March 2011

Last Saturday and Sunday ( 5th and 6th March) saw a galaxy of cricketing greats gathering at the SSC, not only those who were on the turf for the 82nd Battle of the Maroons, but those from all walks of life that were there to witness this fascinating cricket fiesta.

And a prelude to this great gathering took place on Wednesday - 2nd March - evening at the SSC pavilion when the Past Cricketers’ Association of Nalanda College (NPCA), felicitated their former coaches and masters in charge who in their prime days had been the mentors behind the great cricketers that Nalanda had produced.

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The 82nd Battle of the Maroons
by Manjula Fernando | 06 March 2011


















The 82nd Battle of the Maroons was ended in a draw on 06th at SSC.

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Ananda Nalanda - A Friendly Battle
by Athula Jayasekera | 03rd March 2011

It started in 1924 as a friendly game between two brothers, in a cricket match - and from the very next year it became an annual encounter which has now blossomed into a much sought after Big Match among the Sri Lankan cricketing public “the Battle of the Maroons”. This is the 82nd time these two leading educational institutions meet on a green surface to bring out the best in them . During this long history of 81 years hardly any one would remember any rivalry between them . Although they are called Traditional Rivals there is no rivalry shown other than when in the middle of the ground and battling it out to get the best of the cherry.

During this period many great men have played this match and hundreds of thousands of people have watched this encounter thus making it an event with lots of traditions and historical values. This much awaited match is played during the weekend on a Saturday and Sunday in the month of March , unless the Full Moon Poya falls on one of these days . Match dates are pre fixed and under no circumstances will these dates be changed . The 82nd Battle takes place on the 5th and 6th of march 2011, on which day the Sri lankan cricket team meets Australians in a hotly contested world cup league match . This is the month of Big Matches.

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Ananda and Nalanda–A symbol of Sri Lankan Cricket
by Nalin Abeysekera | 03rd March 2011

Last Sunday I saw a significantly small article written at one of the leading Sunday national news paper in English on annual battle between Ananda and Nalanda. This is very common in last decades. But again we can observe more articles (especially in English) which went for pages written on other big matches played in Sri Lanka. But I think there is a symbolic importance in the big mach between Ananda Vs Nalanda than any other schools in Sri Lanka. Simply they are the only 2 schools produced more test cricketers to the nation! But traditionally cricket and English go inline and there was a myth that if you know English then only you can play cricket.

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How Bandula Warnapura broke the batting record
by Lalith Mallawarachchi | 02nd March 2011

Daltan Wakwella’s article on ‘How P.M Jayathilake scored 111 ’ dragged my memories to my schooldays in 1972 to Bandula Warnapura’s record braking knock of 118 (not out). As Dalten has mentioned by then many players have attempted to pass this magic score of 111(not out) by PM without much success, closest being Carl Obeysekara who got out for 111.

Bandula captained Nalanda in 1971 and had an illustrious career as a school boy cricketer being a member of the Sri Lankan School cricket team who toured India and later captaining the schools team in the successful series with the visiting Australian School cricket team. By the Big Match day in March 1972 every cricket enthusiast’s attention was drawn to Bandula who has already had a successful season with a number of centuries for Nalanda under the captaincy of Nandadeva Perera.

Those days as school boys the only page we used to read in the English news papers was the last page and on that Friday the Daily News ran it’s sports page head line as "Warnapura against might of Ananda". Ananda in that season had the most number of wins and were favourites to become the best School Cricket team of the year.

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Cricket match without boundary lines
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 01st March 2011

The 10th Cricket World cup is here and what better times for us Sri Lankans to reminisce the glory of our triumph in 1996 and savour the good things that this noble game of cricket teaches us.

While joining the millions of Sri Lankans who fervently hope that we would repeat the feat, a sincere wish that goes across my mind is - that our team will remind the world the true spirit in which this game should be played.

Amidst all the euphoria of the world cup that is taking centre stage, we in Sri Lanka will get a rare opportunity of witnessing another great cricketing encounter that has enlivened this spirit and continued in all its splendour year after year for over 8 decades – when Ananda takes on Nalanda in their 82nd Maroons encounter at the SSC on 5th and 6th of March.

Way back in the early 1920's a few class rooms for Ananda College were set up at the far end of their play ground to house their primary section. The founding father of Nalanda - Mr P de S Kularatne - had the intention of turning this unit into a separate educational entity and thus transferred a set of “bright sparks” to these new classes. A few years from then saw the birth of a new educational entity which was named Nalanda with Mr Gunapala Malalasekera as its first Principal.

Thus Nalanda sprung in to existence as a part of Ananda – like when a father builds another house for a younger brother in a family to stay in – Ananda and Nalanda are just two components of one family.

As two giants in the educational sphere in the country today, Ananda and Nalanda have produced a vast array of illustrious sons whom we can all be proud of as Sri Lankans and most importantly the brotherly spirit that continues to exist among the two schools is something that is unique in any part of the world.

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The 82nd Battle to use the RF ID Technology
by Manjula Fernando | 24th January 2011

The 82nd Battle of the Maroons , the Maroons celebration of the year will be held on 05th and 06th March and the One day match will be played on 13th of March at the SSC. This will be an event for the whole family where entertainment will be provided for everyone irrespective of ther age. The joint committee has also taken steps to show the Sri lanka – Australia day-night match telecast on giant screens where all of us can enjoy the world cup match under the stars.The 82nd Battle of the Maroons , the Maroons celebration of the year will be held on 05th and 06th March and the One day match will be played on 13th of March at the SSC. This will be an event for the whole family where entertainment will be provided for everyone irrespective of ther age. The joint committee has also taken steps to show the Sri lanka – Australia day-night match telecast on giant screens where all of us can enjoy the world cup match under the stars.

Last year the IT Team of the joint committee, successfully used RF ID technology for selected tents (Brothers and Family). This year this innovative technology will be used for all the tents, where an RF ID card will be issued instead of standard tear off tickets. The SSC will be covered with a wireless network and the spectators' in/out times will be recorded on a real-time basis. This will help the organizing committee to stream-line the ticketing process and get statistics on ticket sales on a live updated basis.

Spectators will have a choice of the following Tents to decide where they want to match from -
Brothers
Gold
Silver
Ananda Maroons
Family 01 for Primary school Parents
Family 02 for Upper school Parents

Unlike last time , each tent will have separate entrances and exits, and the tents will be provided with the best of entertainment. The “Brothers” Ticket holders will have the privilege of moving around and visiting any of the above tents at anytime.

The 82nd Battle of the Maroons planning underway
by Manjula Fernando | 03rd December 2010















A simple ceremony was held at Ananda College , Centenary hall on 02nd December 2010 to distribute the profit earned from the 81st battle of the maroons to two schools Ananda and Nalanda.

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The 36th limited Overs match
by Manjula Fernando | 15 March 2010















The 36th limited overs match was concluded successfully on 14th at SSC. Ananda won the match with total of 207 runs while Nalanda was all out for 169.

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The 81st Battle of the Maroons
by Manjula Fernando | 08 March 2010


















The 81st Battle of the Maroons was concluded successfully on 07th at SSC.

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The 81st Battle of the Maroons to create the history in Sri Lankan sports, by introducing RF ID Technology
by Manjula Fernando | 05 March 2010

The 81st Battle of the Maroons will create the history in Sri Lankan sports, by introducing RF ID (Radio Frequency Identification Device), Technology to track the Spectators.

The Spectators would be given an RF ID card as opposed to the conventional tear off tickets. The cards are to be brought closer to the Proximity Reader as and when the spectators in-Gated and out-Gated. The Gates are equipped with the Readers and there will be a Display, to monitor spectator In and Out movements.

This would streamline the ticketing process as opposed to a third person checking the tickets manually as in conventional process.

The System was fully designed and implemented by the Battle of the Maroons Joint Committee IT team.

Battle of the Maroons going strong!
Ananda and Nalanda meet for the 81st time in cricket
by Athula Jayasekera | 05 March 2010

The traditional cricket encounter between the two leading Buddhist institutions Ananda and Nalanda will be played this weekend. This is the 81st occasion they battle it out for cricketing supremacy.
Over the years these two schools have developed a unique tradition in this series while the game of cricket is played according to the highest standards in the world. This was quite evident when the Sri Lankan Cricket team won the spirit of cricket award twice under the proud captaincy of Mahela Jayawardena who learned the basics of the game, its finer points and values in his younger days at Nalanda. Cricketers produced by these two schools have always been maintaining high standards at any level of the game.

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Cricket - the way it should be played
by Varuna Ratnaweera | 02 March 2010
The 81st Battle of the Maroons, Press Conference & Web Launch
by Manjula Fernando | 26 Feb 2010

The 81st Battle of the Maroons Press Conference and the Web Launch was held at SSC on 25th, with the participation of principal sponsors, Sri lanka Telecom and Sri Lanka Telecom/Mobitel.

Mrs. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena the Chairperson of Sri lanka Telecom, Mr. Suren J Amarasekara, CEO/Sri Lanka Telecom/Mobitel and Mrs. Vijitha Ratnayake, Deputy Chief Corporate Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom participated together with the Big match Joint committee Chairmen Mr.Upali Dharmadasa, Mr.Ravi Ahangama, Ananda College Principal Mr L.M.D.Dharmasena , Nalanda College Deputy Principal Sarath Gunathilake and the two captains Matheesha Perera and Dinuk Jayasinghe.

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The first Ticket sold at the auspicious time
by Manjula Fernando | 19 Feb 2010

The first Ticket for the 81stBattle of the Maroons was sold to Big Match Joint Committee Co-Chairman Mr. Upali Dharmadasa. This was done at the Nalanda college, Language center at an auspicious time on 18th of February. Representatives from both schools, including members of the Joint Organising committee, Principals, Prefects and other well wishers were present on this occasion.

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How P.M Jayathilake scored 111 in 1928
by Dalton Wakwella | 24 Feb 2010