The Annual School cricket matches between rival schools is a very popular event in Sri Lanka. Many of the annual `big’ matches are held in February – March and the most famous and awaited of these all is the annual Royal – Thomian cricket match. Big Matches form an important part of modern Sri Lankan culture with both school children and adults taking part in much of the activity that is part of the annual matches.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Education Ministry states that during big match parades students must ensure they safeguard the dignity of their respective schools. Education Ministry has issued a circular in this regard. Minister Dallas Allahaperuma informed this during a discussion held with all the National school principals, OBAs and prefects. Students must not inconvenience school girls, refrain from forcibly entering girl’s schools and should not display inappropriate placards. The police will take stern action against any student who behaves in an unruly manner.

The biggest, oldest and longest Big match is the Royal-Thomian ‘Battle of the Blues which started back in 1879. The Royal–Thomian is the most celebrated sports game in Sri Lankan sports circle and it is the second-longest uninterrupted cricket match series in the world. Older than ‘The Ashes’ it is only behind the annual fixture between St.Peter’s College, Adelaide and Prince Alfred College played since 1878.

The 141st Battle Of the Blues the Big Match cricket encounter between Royal College Colombo- RC and St. Thomas College will take place at the SSC ground on March 12,13,14.

2020 School Big Match Cricket Season Begins!

Match Date Big Match Venue
February Piliyandala Central vs Taxila Horana – 19th Raigam-Salpita Korale Moratuwa Stadium  
February Mahajana vs Skandavarodaya – 20th Battle of Heroes Mahajana Grounds  
February 28, 29 Thurstan vs Isipathana – 57th Battle of Brothers SSC Grounds  
March 6, 7 St Joseph’s vs St Peter’s – 86th Battle of Saints P.Sara Oval  
March 7, 8 Ananda vs Nalanda – 91st Battle of Maroons SSC Grounds  
March 12,13,14 Royal vs S. Thomas’ -141st Battle of the Blues SSC Grounds  
March Jaffna Central vs St John’s – 114th Battle of North Jaffna Central Grounds  
March 13, 14 Trinity vs St.Anthony’s – 103rd Battle of Blues (Kandy) Asgiriya Stadium  
March Maliyadeva vs St. Anne’s – 37th Battle of the Rocks Welegedara Stadium  
March Kalutara Vidyalaya vs Tissa Central – 62nd Battle of Mangoosteen Surrey Grounds  
March 13, 14 St.Sebastian’s vs Prince of Wales – 70th Battle of Golds Moratuwa Stadium  
March 20, 21 St. Sylvester’s vs Vidyartha – 60th Battle of Babes Pallekelle Stadium  
March Colombo Hindu vs Jaffna Hindu – 11th Battle of the Hindus Jaffna Hindu Grounds  
March 20, 21 DS Senanayake vs Mahanama – 14th Battle of Gold P. Sara Oval  
March Sri Sumangala vs Moratu Vidyalaya – 68th Battle of the Golds Moratuwa Stadium  
March 22, 23 Richmond vs Mahinda – 115th Lovers Quarrel Galle Stadium  
March 20, 21 Dharmaraja vs Kingswood – 114th Battle of Maroons (Kandy) Pallekelle Stadium  
March Lumbini vs Bandaranayake – 7th Battle of the Ever Green P. Sara Oval  
March St.Servatius’ vs St.Thomas’ – 120th Battle of Blues (South) Uyanwatta  
March Dharmapala vs Rahula Matara – 9th Battle of the Golden Lions Uyanwatta  
Sri Devananda vs Dharmasoka – 53rd Battle of Blues Moratuwa  
St. John’s vs Ananda Shastralaya – 24th Battle of Sri Jayawardenapura R. Premada  

The 91st Battle of Maroons Big Match cricket encounter between Ananda and Nalanda College will take place at the SSC ground on March 7 and 8 , 2020. The One Day Encounter is on March at SSC Ground Colombo.

The Big Match cricket encounter between Mahanama and DS will take place at the P saravanamuttu Oval ground on March 20 and 21. The One Day Encounter is on March at SSC Ground Colombo.

The 115th Lovers’ Quarrrel the Big Match cricket encounter between Mahinda College Galle – MCG and Richmand College will take place at the Galle Stadium on March 22 & 23 .

The Richmond–Mahinda Cricket Encounter is an annual cricket big match played between the first XI cricket teams of Richmond College and Mahinda College in Galle, Sri Lanka. It is one of the longest cricket match series in Sri Lanka, having been played for 115 years. The match is also known as the “Lovers’ Quarrel” in public and it is played at the Galle International Stadium. Lovers’ Quarrel was begun in 1905.


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