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Royal College Cricket Report for 1931

March 28, 2018

Courtesy of Lionel Gunesekera of Dickman’s Rd, Colombo, with re-typing by Nadeeka Paththuwaarachchi of Battaramulla

Royal—St. Thomas 

This match was played on the 12th and 13th March on the S.S.C. grounds. The usual preparations were made and everything was set for a fine match. Rain which had threatened on the 11th kept off, and the wicket was in ideal condition. The two teams sat for the usual group photograph. At, 11-45 R. Senanayake and F. C. de Saram inspected the wicket and Senanayake tossed. To the great joy of all Royalists de Saram won and decided to bat. This is the fourth year in succession that S.T.C. have lost the toss.

At a few minutes to twelve the two umpires, Messrs. D. L. de Saram and F. C. W. van Geyzel walked out, followed by the Thomian team. Heyn and Mendis opened the Royal innings. Much depended on these two. If they succeeded in breaking the bowling, we were well on the way to a big score. Selvadurai opened for S.T.C. at the Pavilion end. In his second over Mendis was missed behind the stumps. But, later in the over Heyn played out half-heartedly at an out-swinger and was easily held at cover. De Saram then came in. He played out the rest of the over, avoiding Selvadurai’s out-swingers. Mendis did not appear to be at all excited after his escape, and in Gauder’s next over he hit him for a four and a two. In Gauder’s third over, however, he made no attempt, to play a well-pitched up ball and was out l.b.w. He evidently thought the ball was swinging in too much for an l.b.w. We were now in rather an awkward position.

Two of our soundest batsmen were out. Vandort the next man in was a recruit, and under the conditions likely to be rather nervous. The first, ball he faced was a, full toss on the off and he hit it for four. After this he played really good cricket and appeared to be quite at his ease. At 61 Vandort played back to drive a good-length ball, but was beaten by the pace of the wicket and given out, l.b.w. Weinman came in next but playing out to Selvadurai on the flight of the ball he missed it completely and was out l.b.w. 4 for 62 was very bad on such a wicket. The rest of the men were recruits except Gunawardena, a hitter pure and simple and LaBrooy, our fast-bowler.

Porrit was obviously nervous when he came in. He scored a single off the fourth ball he faced and then for nearly half-an-hour, de Saram managed to face all the bowling. He, was well set by this time. When Porrit came in he had scored twenty-five. He scored his next forty while Porrit got a single. When Porrit did get a chance at the bowling he had got quite accustomed to the crowd. He hit a full toss on the leg for four and after this played with great freedom. When de Saram got his century, Porrit had scored forty.

Both now played very free cricket. At 2-30 the second century was signalled. Soon afterwards Porrit in attempting to pull a half-volley, mistimed it and was caught at silly mid-on. He had used this dangerous shot with great success in his innings. He made two or three beautiful late cuts and altogether played a fine innings. There was no semblance of a chance. Porrit is still quite young and for the next two or three years ought to do a lot for the school. A. L. Gunasekera was next man in and kept his end up till the tea-interval. De Saram had now scored 125.

At 3-15 we resumed our innings. Gunasekara was soon out l.b.w. to Gauder. Rock came in to partner de Saram. He seemed quite at home until calling for a foolish run he was run-out. Goonewardena came in next. De Saram was now 140. Eight runs more were required for him to equal the record put up by D. B. Gunasekere last year. But he was not to make these. Running out to hit Gauder, he misjudged the ball and was given out l.b.w. He had very bad luck in not beating the record. He played a fine game. He gave a chance behind the stumps when he was 75, but otherwise played a magnificent innings. He hit fifteen 4’s. He batted for 2¾ hours. LaBrooy then went in. Goonewardene hit two 4’s, but playing back to hook Ponniah he misjudged the pace of the wicket and was out l.b.w. De Kretser the last man in had scored 3 when the innings was declared closed at 3-50. The Royal innings had lasted 3¼ hours.

Practically the whole total was scored by de Saram, Vandort and Porrit, emphasising the fact that we depend very much on a few men. Fortunately, Porrit played the innings of his life and helped de Saram to put up a respectable total. The Thomian bowling was steady at the start, but during the de Saram-Porrit partnership, it seemed to lose much of its sting. The bowlers appeared to allow the batsmen to get on top without fighting back. Their fielding was quite good right through.

Clouds were now beginning to blow over and it was obvious that it would rain about five. At four o’clock the Royalists went out to field. De Saram opened bowling at the Town Hall end. He was swinging away, but not bowling as fast as usual. He also appeared to be troubled by twinges of cramp. Rock bowled at the Pavilion end and with his first ball he got J. R. Senanayake l.b.w.

Ponniah came in next. De Saram seemed to get over his cramp, but he soon put on LaBrooy at his end. After Rock had bowled four overs, Weinman bowled an over at his end to allow LaBrooy to change ends as the wind was now blowing from the Pavilion end. De Kretser bowled from the other end. His first ball had Palipane l.b.w. In his second over Ponniah and R. Senanayake were out l.b.w. to successive balls. De Kretser bowls leg-breaks, but the wicket was so hard that they kept straight through for l.b.w. At this stage heavy rain came down and play was abandoned for the day. We were in a very strong position. The wicket next day was sure to play tricks, at least for the early part of the day.

At 12 on the next day we went out to field again. The wicket was very slow, but not yet really bad. De Saram and LaBrooy opened to see which end was the more suitable. After two overs de Saram gave over to A. L. Gunasekera. Meanwhile LaBrooy bowled half-volleys. These the batsmen played too soon and in this way he got the wickets of Amerasinghe and Selvadurai. Wijesekera who was playing a stubborn innings was soon afterwards brilliantly run out by Porrit. De Saram then brought on Rock and he finished off the Thomian innings by capturing the last two wickets with excellent balls. Our fielding and bowling were very good throughout. Though we had a slow wicket to bowl on we had no one who could really make use of it. Most of our bowlers would have preferred a fast wicket. Anyway we were in a very strong position and generally considered to be the winning side. Most people thought that the Thomians would collapse in the second innings.

The Thomian start gave one the idea that the match would be over before tea. De Saram had Palipana caught at forward shortleg in his first over. In his second he clean bowled J. R. Senanayake. When six runs had been scored Gunawardena brilliantly ran out V. S. de Silva. Running across from long-on to long-off he threw down the wicket at the bowler’s end running him out by yards. 3 for 6 suggested a complete collapse. Wijesekera aud R. Senanayake were now together. Both played careful cricket until Senanayake was caught at short-leg off Rock. This was distinctly unfortunate for S.T.C. Selvadurai, the next man in, kept his end up with stubborn determination. The wicket was playing dead easy and our bowlers could not make any pace off it.

Porrit who was rumoured to be a good bowler on turf was at last put on. The change had a good effect as he had Selvadurai l.b.w. in his third over. Amerasinghe now came in. This pair were to prove a block on which our bowlers nearly broke themselves. Amerasinghe played his natural free game and it nearly proved to be our undoing. Wijesekera went along quietly. Never flustered, he scored faster than he appeared to do. These two played quite different games. Wijesekera, the sounder of the two, used the leg-glance and late-cut to get most of his runs, while Amerasinghe stepped out and drove heartily. Perhaps it was the contrast in the styles of these two players that helped them to so get on top of the bowling.

At tea the score was 135 for 5. The rain of which we were chiefly afraid, looked quite close. After tea the Thomian pair continued in the same style as before. Every possible bowling combination was used. The fielding never slackened. At last de Saram brought himself on at the Pavilion end. Amerasinghe attempted to hook a short-pitched ball which was faster than usual and mistimed it. Rock moved in from mid-on and took an easy catch. This was at 4-15. Cooke came in and played the bowling almost without lifting his bat. The field tried everything to break up this pair. At times even two runs were given away where there was really only one to be scored to get Wijesekera away from the bowling.

At 214 de Saram made a ball kick and Cooke touching it was brilliantly held by Porrit at third slip. The bowling now seemed to possess new life. During the Wijesekera-Cooke partnership, the new ball was obtained. It is interesting to note that de Saram bowled a wide for four byes to get this. This undoubtedly helped very much in getting the last few wickets. Ponniah touched a short-pitched ball which kicked up to his head, and Porrit took another good catch in the slips. Rock was then brought on and had Wijesekera l.b.w. The last man was bowled by de Saram at 5-30. Twenty-one runs were now needed for victory. We had thirty-five minutes’ play according to the times fixed before the match, but rain was threatening to fall every minute. Heyn and Vandort opened the innings. The thomians had nearly all their fielders on the off and bowled well on the off. At 9 Heyn was out. De Saram went in but was immediately attacked by cramp. He got over it but was troubled by slight twinges every now and again. At 16 he was caught out. H. S. R. Goonewardena went in and with Vandort hit off the required runs 5 minutes before time.

The match was one of the most exciting ever played. At one time Royal appeared to have everything their own way. Then Amerasinghe and Wijesekera stayed the rot and staged a magnificent recovery. Amerasinghe’s innings was a glorious adventure. It turned out to be a successful one, but it just failed to help the Thomians make a draw of the match. Wijesekera played with a determination worthy of the occasion. For over 4 hours he tried to save the game for S. T. C. ; and while we are very glad that he failed to do so, we congratulate him heartily on a mostmagnificent innings.

Now for a word about our team. It was a great feat to have won the match. They fielded the whole of the second day and right through that time bowled and fielded with marvellous grit. To have got the Thomians out in the 2nd innings on that dead wicket was a wonderful effort. De Saram bowled almost savagely towards the end. Two of his wickets were off balls that kicked head high.

The match is supposed to have set up a world’s record in I.b.w.’s The explanation is a perfectly easy one. Our team had had very little turf practice before the match. What little they had had was on rather a slow wicket. As a natural consequence the pace of the fast S. S. C. wicket beat them time and again. The only bad case was Mendis’. He deliberately put his pad to a ball which he thought was swinging to the leg. Everyone of the others played the ball with his bat, but being beaten by the pace of the wicket was out. In any case they would have been bowled if their pads were not in the way. But the difference is that they were invariably in the correct position to make a scoring shot. It was just inexperience of turf wickets that brought about this result. The idea that we have entirely given up off-side play is entirely mistaken as we could see from the off-side play of de Saram, Vandort, and Porrit two of whom however were out l.b.w. None of the others got going to prove that they could also drive and cut on the off.

ROYAL

1st Innings                                                                      2nd Innings

  1. L. Mendis, l.b.w., Gauder 6
  2. R. Heyn, c V. S. de Silva,

b Selvadurai                                                    1       l.b.w., Gauder                                                                                         4

  1. C. de Saram, l.b.w., Gauder 140     c Palipane, b Selvadurai                                                                     4
  2. R. Vandort, l.b.w., Senanayake 24       not out                                                                   11

A . I. Weinman, l.b.w.,

Selvadurai                                                       0

  1. W. Porrit, c Palipane, b Selvadurai 55
  2. L. Gunasekara, l.b.w.,

Gauder                                                            4

  1. C. W. Rock, run out 7
  2. S. R. Goonewardene, l.b.w., Ponniah 8        not out                                                                     6
  3. H. LaBrooy, not out 3
  4. L. de Kretser, not out 3

Extras                                                              7        Extras                                                                     0

Total                                                            258       Total (for 2wkts.)                                                                   25

 

Runs at the fall of each wicket : —1 for 3, 2 for 11, 3 for 61, 4 for 62, 5 for 209, 6 for 225, 7 for 244, 8 for 244, 9 for 252.

  1. THOMAS

1st Innings                                                             2nd Innings

  1. R. Senanayake, l.b.w., Rock 0        b de Saram                                                                       1
  2. I. Palipane, l.b.w., de Kretser 4        c de Kretser, b de Saram                                                                       0
  3. Ponniah, l.b.w., de Kretser 7        c Weinman, b de Saram                                                                       0
  4. Amerasinghe, c Goonawardena,

b LaBrooy                                                2        c Heyn, b de Saram                                                                     70

  1. Senanayake, l.b.w. de Kretser 0        c de Kretser, b Rock                                                                     12
  2. D. S. Wijesekara, run out 21 l.b.w. Rock                                                                   105
  3. J. N. Selvadurai, c de Kretser,

b LaBrooy                                               1        l.b.w. Porrit                                                                     12

  1. S. de Silva, not out 15 run out                                                                       2
  2. S. Gauder, run out 1        b de Saram                                                                       4
  3. C. J. Cooke, b Rock 4        c Porrit, b de Saram                                                                       3
  4. Earnst, b Rock 0        not out                                                                       0

Extras                                                           5        Extras                                                                     11

Total                                                          60        Total                                                                   218

 

Runs at the fall of each wicket : —1 for 0, 2 for 10, 3 for 13, 4 for 13, 5 for 29, 6 for 31, 7 for 39, 8 for 49, 9 for 60, 10 for 60.

 

2nd innings 1 for 0, 2 for 2, 3 for 6, 4 for 25, 5 for 62, 6 for 173, 7 for 214, 8 for 214, 9 for 214, 10 for 218.

 

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL

1st Innings                                                                2nd Innings

O       M      R         w                                   O       M        R                                          W

  1. J. N. Selvadurai 17 4       39        3                                    6        0          10                                          1
  2. S. Gauder 25 7       52        3                                    5        1          15                                          1
  3. D. S. Wijesekera 11 1       51        0
  4. Senanayake 10 0       43        1
  5. Ponniah 13 0       61        1
  6. Amerasinghe 2 0       5          0
  7. THOMAS

1st Innings                                                               2nd Innings

O       M      R         W                                  O        M        R                                          W

  1. C. de Saram 5 2       10        0                                   21.4    9          52                                          6
  2. C. W. Rock 5.4 3       6          3                                    15       7          22                                          2
  3. H. LaBrooy 11 6       24        2                                   15       4          24                                          0
  4. I. Weinman 4 3       1          0                                   6         2          16                                          0
  5. L. de Kretser 8 2       11        3                                   14       2          48                                          0
  6. L. Gunasekera 3 1       3          0                                   5         3          4                                          0
  7. W. Porrit 10       2          26                                          1
  8. R. Heyn 3         0          15                                          0

 

 

The Calendar

The calendar has become conspicuous this year by its very absence, as many of the Fort and Pettah shops have not given calendars to their customers this year as freely as in other years. In fact many shops have not given calendars, and other gifts, at all, as they are retrenching on account of the present “depression.”

A few facts about the calendar may not, therefore, be out of place.

The first calendar we know of is that of the ancient Roman year of Romulus, the founder and first king of Rome. It consisted of ten months only, viz :—

Martius,  containing 31 days

Aprilis           ,,         30 days

Maius            ,,         31 days

Junius            ,,         30 days

Quintilis        ,,         31 days

Sextilis         ,,         30 days

September     ,,         30 days

October         ,,         31 days

November     ,,         30 days

December     ,,         30 days

Making in all a year of 304 days.

On using this calendar it was noticed that the seasons were always varying, and that each month came at a different season every year. The Roman emperor Numa discovered this error, and undertook to remedy this evil by adding two months more, Januarius and Februarius, making the year consist of twelve months, as follows:-

 

Januarius,   containing 29 days.

Februarius         ,,        28     ,,

Martius              ,,        31     ,,

Aprilis               ,,        29     ,,

Maius                ,,        31     ,,

Junius                ,,        29     ,,

Quintilis            ,,        31     ,,

Sextilis              ,,        29     ,,

September         ,,        31     ,,

October             ,,        29     ,,

November         ,,        29     ,,

December         ,,        29     ,,

Making in all 355 days.

 

 

Royal College Historical Association NOVEMBER 1930—MARCH 1931.

Towards the end of last term Mr. J. Dalby, Principal of Wesley College, Colombo, delivered a lecture on “School and University Life Six Hundred Years Ago.” It was very interesting and highly appreciated by the large audience. The lecture acted as a fresh stimulus to the progress of this infant Association, and for this we owe the above-named gentleman a deep debt of gratitude.

This term, in spite of the distracting influence created by the cricket season, we have progressed very favourably. The enthusiasm which prevailed at the inaugural meeting last term has not died out, and it is pleasing to note the interest, taken by the younger members of the association.

Out of a possible six meetings we have already held four. The two remaining meetings both of which are lectures, will be held before the term is out. The average attendance stands at 36.

My thanks go to all who readily responded to the call for reading papers and especially to Mr. H. L. Reed and the three Vice Presidents of the Association, whose willing co-operation has considerably lightened my responsibilities.

The following is a synopsis of the work done:-

Date                     Chairman                                Business                             Speaker

27-11-30         H. L. Reed, Esq.         Lecture : “School and                         J. Dalby, Esq.

‘University Life 600 Years Ago”        Principal Wesley  College, Colombo

16- 1-31          J. T. Fitch, Esq.           Paper : “The Coming of the Sinhalese”             D. G. Goonewardene

 

 

6- 2-31            H. L. Reed, Esq.         Paper : “King Devanampiyatissa        B. A. Kuruppu

and the introduction of Buddhism

into Ceylon”

 

13- 2-31        I. H. Wijesinghe,        Paper : “The Emperor Asoka”               R. Prasad

Esq.

 

6- 3-31          T. M. Weerasinghe,   Paper: “The Emperor Napoleon”      C. J. A. de Silva

Esq.

 

  1. A. KURUPPU,

Asst. Hony. Secretary, R. C. H. A.Cricket

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Royal College vs. Tamil Union. PLAYED AT CAMPBELL PARK ON 14TH JANUARY.

Drawn.

TAMIL UNION. 1st Innings.

  1. Pulle, st. Vandort, b de Kretser 16
  2. R. Wilson, c D. K. Wilson, b de Kretser 12
  3. Kumaranayagam, c & b Heyn 29
  4. Kunaratnam, c Heyn, b LaBrooy             1
  5. Rasanayagam, c LaBrooy, b Heyn 40
  6. Pulle, l.b.w. b Heyn 15
  7. Ramanathan, run out 1
  8. Kandiah, not out 15
  9. Alexander, c Wilson, b Gunasekera 33

Krishnaswamy, not out                                                                         1

  1. P, Selvaratnum, to bat

Extras                                                                                                    8

Total (for 8 wkts.)                              171

ROYAL COLLEGE. 1st Innings.

  1. R. Heyn, l.b.w., b. Kumaranayagam 62
  2. R. Vandort, c Wilson, b Kuneratnam 27
  3. C. de Saram, to bat
  4. L. Goonewardene, c Kumaranayagam,

b Kuneratnam                                                                           8

  1. Rajendra, st. J. Pulle, b Kuneratnam 0
  2. L. Gunesekera, not out 6
  3. K. Wilson, to bat
  4. C. W. Rock ,,
  5. L. de Kretser ,,
  6. H. LaBrooy ,,
  7. L. Mendis, c P. Pulle, b Krishnaswamy             6

Extra                                         1

Total (for 5 wkts )                 110

Runs at the fall of each wicket:- 1 for 89, 2 for 89, 3 for 96, 4 for 97, 5 for 110.

BOWLING ANALYSIS

TAMIL UNION — 1st Innings

O       M        R        W

  1. Rajendra 16 2          62      0
  2. L. de Kretser 10 2          32      2
  3. H. LaBrooy 8 3          15      1
  4. L. Gunesekera 8 2          21      1
  5. R. Heyn 9 1          27      3

ROYAL COLLEGE – 1st Innings.

O         M        R         W

  1. Kumaranayagam 9 3          19        1
  2. Ramanathan 5 1          14        0
  3. Rasanayagam 4 0          17        0
  4. P. Selvaratnam 3 0          10        0
  5. Pulle 5 1          23        0
  6. Kuneratnam 8 2          21        3

Krishnaswamy                                                               12        0          5          1

 

Royal College vs. Mr. Fred de Saram’s Xl.

 PLAYED AT COLLEGE GROUNDS ON 24TH JANUARY.

Won by 46 Runs.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

1st Innings.

  1. W. Porrit, b Rock   0
  2. C. de Saram, c D. B. Gunesekera (Jr.),

b Sanmugam                                                                           35

  1. L. Gunesekera, l.b w., b Rock 3
  2. Rajendra, c E. L. Goonewardene, b D. B.

Gunesekera, (Snr.)                                                                  19

  1. A. Weinman, b Gunesekera (Jr.) 33
  2. R. Vandort, b Rock 45
  3. L. Mendis, not out 18
  4. S. R. Goonewardene, not out 25
  5. R. Heyn, did not bat
  6. H. LaBrooy ,,
  7. L. de Kretser ,,

Extras                           11

Total (for 6 wkts)       189

Runs at the fall of each wicket:- 1 for 4, 2 for 26, 3 for 40, 4 for 70, 5 for 132, 6 for 142.

  1. FRED DE SARAM’S XI

1st Innings.

  1. B. Gunesekera (Jr.), c de Kretser,b ,Weinman                                                                            10
  1. Rajaratnam, b Weinman 20
  2. L. Goonewardene, b LaBrooy 7
  3. Dharmaratne, c Heyn, b LaBrooy 23
  4. de Saram, c Mendis, b LaBrooy 17
  5. B. Gunesekera (Snr.), c Heyn,

b Weinman                                                                             32

Sanmugam, c de Kretser, b Gunesekera                                             12

  1. Abeysinghe, b Weinman 0
  2. A. Kuruppu, l.b.w., b Weinman             4
  3. A. Goonewardene, not out             0
  4. C. W. Rock, b Weinman 10

Extras                             9

Total                           143

Runs at the fall of each wicket : — 1 for 25, 2 for 34, 3 for 57, 4 for 78, 5 for 79, 6 for 117, 7 for 136, 8 for 139, 9 for 140, 10 for 142.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL COLLEGE.— 1st Innings.

O         M        R            W

  1. P. Abeysinghe 9 3          28          0
  2. C. W. Rock 13 2          37          3

Sanmugam                                                                11        3          44          1

  1. B. Gunesekera (Snr,) 8 1          22          1
  2. B. Gunesekera (Jr.) 9 3          28          1
  3. de Saram 4 1          18          0
  4. F. DE SARAM’S XI.— lst Innings.

O         M        R            W

  1. Rajendra 6 2          11          0
  2. L. Gunesekera 6 0          15          1
  3. A. Weinman 9.2 2          29          6
  4. L. de Kretser 10 0          47          0
  5. H. LaBrooy 4 0          20          3
  6. R. Heyn 3 0          14          0

Royal vs. St. Benedicts.

PLAYED AT COLLEGE GROUNDS ON 30TH & 31ST JANUARY, 1931.

Drawn.

ROYAL COLLEGE

1st Innings                                                                2nd Innings

  1. R. Heyn, l.b.w., b Gunawardene  31         not out                                                                  40
  2. L. Mendis, c A. Perera, b Kahawita  72         not out                                                                  18
  3. R. Vandort, c Kretser, b Fernando  29         run out                                                  0
  4. C. W. Rock, c. o. b.  42         c Crooz, b A. Fernando                        9
  5. C. de Saram, st. G. Fer nando,

b T Perera                                                    17         c A. Fernando, b Perera                                                                  11

  1. I. Weiman, c A Perera, b T. Perera  24         c sub b Kahawita                                 1
  2. Rajendra, c Gunewardene,

b T. Perera                                                    0          l.b.w., B. A. Fernando                         0

  1. S. R. Goonewardene, c A. Wije-

wickrema, b T. Perera                                  4         st. G. Fernando, b A Fernando                                                                  14

  1. L. Gunasekera, c Kretser, b T. Perea 14
  2. H. LaBrooy, b Fernando 18
  3. L. de Kretser, c Perera, b Fernando  0

Extras                                                   27          Extras                                                    6

Total                                    278          Total (for 6 wkts.)                              99

 

1st Innings:- Runs at the fall of each wicket, 1 for 58, 2 for

120, 3 for 145, 4 for 183, 5 for 187, 6 for 195, 7 for 197, 8 for 243,

9 for 278, 10 for 278

 

2nd Innings:-1 for 13, 2 for 13, 3 for 18, 4 for 52, 5 for 52

6 for 75

 

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL COLLEGE

1st Innings                                            2nd Innings

O         M        R         W                      O         M      R                                                   W

  1. Perera 30 4          94        5*                      7          1        23                                                   1

A Gunawardene                         18        4          41        1†

  1. Fernando 16.2 4          45        3‡                      4          0        22                                                   3
  2. Kahawita 5 0          25        1                        6          0        38                                                   1
  3. Wijewickrema 8 0          30        0                        2          0        9                                                   1
  4. Wijewickrema 3 0          16        0§

* 1 no ball, 2 wides. † 1 no ball. ‡ 1 no ball.  § 1 no ball.

St. BENEDICTS

 

  1. Kahawita, c Weinman, b Rock 4     c LaBrooy, b Gunesekera                         25
  2. Fernando, run out 5     c Mendis, b Rock                                      10
  3. V. Gunawardene, c Weinman,

b LaBrooy                                             13     run out                                                       40

  1. Fernando, c Mendis, b Rock 1     c Mendis, b Gunesekera                             0
  2. Wijewickreme, l. b. w. b LaBrooy 2     l. b. w., b Gunesekera                                 4
  3. C. de Krester, b Weinman 11     b Krester                                                     1
  4. de Crooz, c La Brooy, b de Kretser 37     not out                                                       17
  5. Perera, l.b.w., b de Kretser 0     run out                                                       40
  6. Perera, c.o.b. 74     c Goonewardene, b Kretser                        7
  7. Wijewickrema, b LaBrooy 26     c Mendis, b LaBrooy                                  0
  8. Gunewardene, c Vandort, b Labrooy 0     not out                                                       12

Extras                                                         23     Extras                                                          9

Total                                                         196     Total (for 9 wkts.)                                                                  165

1st Innings :—Runs at the fall of each wicket, 1 for 10, 2 for 10, 3 for 16, 4 for 19, 5 for 31, 6 for 43, 7 for 122, 8 for 123, 9 for 192, 10 for 196.

2nd Innings:- 1 for 15, 2 for 62, 3 for 62, 4 for 120, 5 for 124, 6 for 132, 7 for 140, 8 for 140, 9 for 143.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

  1. BENEDICTS

1st Innings                                            2nd Innings

O         M        R         W                      O         M      R                                                   W

  1. Rajendra 9 2          18        0                        4          1        7                                                   0
  2. C. W. Rock 12 2          30        2                        11        6        13                                                   1
  3. H. LaBrooy 12.2 3          40        4                        11        2        38                                                   1
  4. L. de Kretser 11 2          36        2                        9          2        27                                                   2
  5. I. Weinman 10 2          30        1                        10        2        35                                                   0
  6. L. Gunesekera 2 0          12        0                        11        3        27                                                   3
  7. R. Heyn 5 2          11        0                        2          0        9                                                   0

Royal College vs. Education Department.

PLAYED AT COLLEGE GROUNDS ON 7TH FEBRUARY, 1931. Royal College won by 62 runs.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

  1. R. Fernando, run out 3
  2. Van de Bona, c Kretser, b LaBrooy 12
  3. A. Siriwardene, c Porrit, b LaBrooy 0
  4. W. S. R. Senaratna, c Kuruppu, b Gunesekera 51
  5. Ranasinghe, c Vandort, b Kretser 15
  6. S. Gunatilleke, c Gunesekera, b LaBrooy 11
  7. M. Fernando, c Vandort, b LaBrooy   3

H.E. de Silva, c Gunesekera, b LaBrooy                                                          1

  1. D. Wijesinghe, c Weinman, b LaBrooy   4
  2. P. L. Fonseka, run out 4
  3. C. W. Jayasekera, not out   0

Extras                                                                                        1                                                                                Total                                      105

 

Runs at the fall of each wicket:- 1 for 11, 2 for 11, 3 for 32, 4 for 71, 5 for 93, 6 for 93, 7 for 97, 8 for 101, 9 for 105, 10 for 105.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

  1. L. Mendis, l.b.w., b Wijesinghe 42
  2. A, Weinman, l.b.w., b Gunatilleke   6
  3. L. Gunesekera, b Senaratne 18
  4. W. Porrit, c Gunatilleke, b Senaratne 10
  5. L. Goonewardene, c Ranasinghe, b Wijesinghe   4
  6. Gnanasekeram, l.b.w., b Wijesinghe 3
  7. A. Kuruppu, I.b.w., b Senaratne   5
  8. R. Vandort, not out 39
  9. L. de Kretser, b Gunatilleke 0
  10. H. LaBrooy, I.b.w., b Senaratne   7
  11. C. de Saram, c Siriwardene, b Van de Bona 17

Extras                                      16

Total             167

 

Runs at the fall of each wicket :- 1 for 28, 2 for 71, 3 for 71, 4 for 86, 5 for 90, 6 for 92, 7 for 96, 8 for 148, 9 for 148, 10 for 167.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

1st Innings

O         M        R         W

  1. H. LaBrooy 72 1          25        6
  2. L. Gunesekera 8 1          38        1
  3. I. Weinman 5 0          32        0
  4. L. de Kretser 4 2          9          1

ROYAL COLLEGE

1st Innings

O         M        R         W

  1. W. S. R. Senaratne 16.3 6          43        4*
  2. S. Gunatilleke 8 2          24        2
  3. Siriwardene 3 0          10        0
  4. Ranasinghe 4 2          14        0
  5. D. Wijesinghe 11 2          30        3
  6. Van de Bona 4 1          23        1

* 1 wide.

Royal College vs. Old Boys’ XI.

PLAYED AT COLLEGE GROUNDS ON THE 12TH FEBRUARY, 1931.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

 

  1. R. Heyn, c Meedeniya, b Gunesekera              8
  2. L. Mendis, b Wille 10
  3. R. Vandort, l. b. w. Wijetunge 14
  4. C. de Saram, run out 21
  5. A. Weinman, b Wille 17
  6. L. Goonewardene, not out 15
  7. W. Porrit, c Meedeniya, b Zoysa 18
  8. S. R. Goonewardene, st. Dharmaratne,

b Gunesekera                                                                                      15

  1. L. Gunesekéra did not bat
  2. H. LaBrooy did not bat
  3. L. de Kretser did not bat

Extras                                       13

Total (for 7 wickets)              131

 

1 for 12 ; 2 for 33; 3 for 50; 4 for 76; 5 for 83 ; 6 for 112 ; 7 for 130.

OLD BOYS’ XI

  1. Jayatilleke, b de Kretser 13
  2. S. Hubert, l.b.w., c de Saram 1
  3. G. de Zoysa, c Kretser, b de Saram 5
  4. C. W. Vangeyzel, run out             2
  5. D, S. Gunesekera, not out 48
  6. Dharmaratne, c and b Gunasekera 12
  7. Wille, c Porrit, b Weinman 41
  8. C. W. Peiris, c Labrooy, b Gunasekera   0
  9. L. Sirimane, c Vandort, b de Saram 11

Extras                                                    4

Total (for 8 wickets)                         137

1 for 1 ; 2 for 11 ; 3 for 43; 4 for 65; 5 for 66; 6 for 106; 7 for 106; 8 for 137.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

O       M        R         W

  1. D. S. Gunesekera 6 1          15        2
  2. Meedeniya 13 3          27        0
  3. Kandiah 7 1          20        0
  4. Wille 13 2          23        2
  5. E. Wijetunge 7 1          13        1
  6. L. S. Sirimane 3 2          5          0
  7. G. de Zoysa 2 0          14        1

OLD Boys’ XI

O       M        R         W

  1. C. de Saram 74 4          29        3
  2. L. Gunesekera 7 0          35        2
  3. I. Weinman 7 1          26        1
  4. L. de Kretser 6 0          30        1
  5. H. LaBrooy 2 0          13        0

Royal College vs. Wesley College.

PLAYED AT TAMIL UNION GROUNDS, CAMPBELL PARK ON 19TH AND 20TH FEBRUARY.

Royal College Won by an Innings and 107 Runs.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

1st Innings.

  1. C. de Saram, c & b Balakrishnam 152
  2. L. Mendis, c Balakrishnam, b Fernando              1
  3. R. Heyn, c Musafer, b Balakrishnam             58
  4. R Vandort, b Fernando 11
  5. I. Weinman, c Selliah, b Fernando   37
  6. C. W. Rock, c Wijesingbe, b Balakrishnam                0
  7. W. Porrit, c.o.b. 30
  8. S. R. Goonewardene, l.b.w., b Balakrishnam     2
  9. L. Gunesekera, c.o.b. 18
  10. L. de Kretser did not bat
  11. H. LaBrooy

Extras                                                    31

Total (for 7 wkts.)                               340*

 

* Innings declared closed.

Runs at the fall of each wicket:- 1 for 2, 2 for 122, 3 for 162, 4 for 266, 5 for 269, 6 for 279, 7 for 292.

WESLEY COLLEGE

1st Innings                                                           2nd Innings

  1. C. vanBuren, c Porrit, b.

LaBrooy                                                     29     c Mendis, b Rock                                      5

  1. V. Fernando, retired hurt 24     absent                                                        0
  2. G. Hunter, c Gunesekera, b Rock 12     b Weinman                                               0
  3. Jeganathan, l.b.w., b Weinman

9     c Vandort, b LaBrooy                               4

  1. Samarasinghe, l.b.w., b Weinman 4     l.b.w., b Rock                                                                  13
  2. Wijesinghe, b Rock 1     b Saram                                                                  23
  3. Nathanielz, l.b.w., b Rock 9     c Saram, b Rock                                                                  34
  4. Selliah, run out 18     l.b.w., b Rock                                            2
  5. Musafer, b LaBrooy 17     c Porrit, b Rock                                         4
  6. Hunter, c Kretser, b LaBrooy 1     c Saram, b Rock                                        1
  7. Balakrishnam, not out 0                                                                        1

Extras                                                          13    Extras                                                        8

Total                                                         136     Total                                                                   97

 

1st Innings : Runs at the fall of each wicket — 1 for 69, 2 for 80, 3 for 84, 4 for 85, 5 for 99, 6 for 105, 7 for 134, 8 for 136, 9 for 136.

 

2nd Innings : 1 for 0, 2 for 17, 3 for 26, 4 for 26, 5 for 38, 6

for 86, 7 for 91, 8 for 94, 9 for 97.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

1st Innings.

O          M        R         W

  1. J. Fernando 14 3          60        3
  2. Balakrishnam 15 2          55        4
  3. Samarasinghe 9 1          38        0
  4. Selliah 11 0          41        0
  5. S. Wijesinghe 12 1          62        0
  6. Jeganathan 6 1          32        0
  7. Hunter 3 1          12        0
  8. Hunter 1 0          11        0

WESLEY COLLEGE.

1st Innings                                            2nd Innings

O         M        R         W                      O         M      R                                                   W

  1. C. de Saram 7 2          23        0                        9          3        13                                                   1
  2. C. W. Rock 17 8          27        3                        12.5     6        18                                                   6
  3. I. Weinman 11 1          27        2                        9          2        18                                                   1
  4. L. Gunesekera 8 3          10        0                        4          1        3                                                   0
  5. L. de Kretser 8 1          17        0                        5          0        18                                                   0
  6. H. LaBrooy 10 5          19        3                        8          0        18                                                   1

Royal College vs. Dr. John Rockwood’s Team

PLAYED AT COLLEGE GROUNDS ON 27TH FEBRUARY, 1931.

Drawn

ROYAL COLLEGE—1st Innings.

  1. L. Mendis, c Paternott, b Wille 33
  2. C. de Saram, c Wijeysekera, b Paternott 41
  3. R. Heyn, c Foenander, b Paternott 39
  4. R. Vandort, c Wijeysekera, b Wille 10
  5. A. Weinman, l.b.w., b Wille 7
  6. W. Porrit, c Pereira, b Kumaranayagam 12
  7. S. R. Goonewardene, c Gunesekera,

b Kumaranayagam                                                                                           4

  1. C. W. Rock, c and b Wille   0
  2. L. Gunesekera, c.o.b. 1
  3. H. LaBrooy did not bat
  4. L. de Kretser did not bat

Extras                                                                                                                9

Total (for 8 wickets)                                     158

 

1 for 67 ; 2 for 109 ; 3 for 125 ; 4 for 136 ; 5 for 141 ; 6 for 141; 7 for 152 ; 8 for 158

 

Dr. ROCKWOOD’S TEAM— 1st Innings.

 

  1. C. W. Vangeyzel, c Mendis, b Labrooy             4
  2. D. S Wijesekera, c.o.b. 93
  3. D. S. Gunesekera, c Vandort, b Saram 26
  4. Vanderstraaten, c Heyn, b Saram   6
  5. F. Samarawickrema, c and b Weinman   2
  6. Rasanayagam, c.o.b. 16

Extras                                                                                                                0

Total (for 4 wickets)             147

1 for 4; 2 for 46 ; 3 for 62 ; 4 for 66.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

ROYAL COLLEGE—1st Innings.

O          M        R         W

  1. Patternot 14 7          29        2
  2. Kumaranayagam 8 5          9          2
  3. F. Samarawickrema 4 0          10        0
  4. Pereira 7 2          12        0
  5. Wille 17 4          47        4
  6. Vanderstraaten 5 0          23        0

Dr. F. Foenander                        5           0          17        0

  1. ROCKWOOD’S TEAM

1st Innings.

O          M        R         W

  1. H. LaBrooy 5 3          8          1
  2. C. W. Rock 9 2          24        0
  3. I. Weinman 6 1          20        1
  4. L. Gunesekera 8 2          39        0
  5. C. de Saram 4 0          18        2
  6. R. Heyn 4 0          28        0
  7. L. de Kretser 2 0          10        0

Royal College vs St. Joseph’s College.

PLAYED ON COLLEGE GROUNDS ON 3RD AND 4TH MARCH, 1931.

St. Joseph’s won by 195 runs.

  1. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE.

 

1st Innings                                                           2nd Innings

  1. Fernando, run out 1     b LaBrooy                                                 64
  2. Samarasekera, b LaBrooy 8     c Vandort, b LaBrooy                                 1
  3. de Costa, b Gunesekera 30     c Heyn, b LaBrooy                                    26
  4. Rodrigo, run out 19     b Rock                                                         0
  5. Pulle, c Goonewardene, b Gunesekera 4 c Weinman, b LaBrooy                                                                  165
  6. Markus, c Vandort, b Labrooy 31     not out                                                         8
  7. S. Jayasundera, c and b Saram 8      not out                                                       18
  8. Wijesinghe, c Mendis, b Weinman 5      to bat
  9. Pathmanathan, c Porrit, b Weinman 1      to bat
  10. Parker, c.o.b. 3      to bat
  11. Fernando, c Kretser, b Weinman 8      to bat

Extras                                                          2      Extras                                                          0

Total                                                         120     Total                                                                   282

Runs at the fall of each wicket :                                 1 for 4; 2 for 5; 3 for 252,

1 for 1; 2 for 17 ; 3 for 47 ; 4 for 51;                          4 for 255; 5 for 255

5 for 68 ; 6 for 77: 7 for 98 ,

8 for 104 ; 9 for 110; 10 for 120.

ROYAL COLLEGE.

1st Innings                                                           2nd Innings

  1. C. de Saram, c de Costa,

b Jayasundera                                          0          c Pathmanathan, b Markus                                                                 12

  1. L. Mendis, c de Costa,

b Parker                                                    9          c Pathmanathan, b Markus                       3

  1. R. Heyn, c Rodrigo,

b Parker                                                    10        l.b.w., b Pulle                                                                 52

  1. L. Gunesekera, l. b.w., b Parker 1       c Rodrigo, b Jayasundera                           1
  2. R. Vandort, st. Pulle, b Wijesinghe 18 l. b.w., b Markus                                       39
  3. A. Weinman, c Rodrigo,

b Jayasundera                                              1       l. b.w., b Markus                                         0

  1. W. Porrit, c Wijesinghe, b Markus 1      b Markus                                                     0
  2. C. W. Rock, c Pathmanathan,

b Jayasundera                                           11       l. b.w. b Jayasundera                                  0

  1. S. R. Goonewardene, st. Pulle,

b Wijesinghe                                            20       c Wijesinghe, b Jayasundera                      0

  1. H. LaBrooy, c Pulle, b Jayasundera 3       not out                                                         0
  2. L. de Kretser, not out 0       b Markus                                                     0

Extras                                                          4       Extras                                                        22

Total                                                         78       Total                                                                  129

 

Runs at the fall of each wicket :                     1 for 10; 2 for 29; 3 for 104 ;

1 for 1; 2 for 16; 3 for 21;                               4 for 109; 5 for 109; 6 for 124;

4 for 23; 5 for 28; 6 for 43;                             7 for 124; 8 for 129; 9 for 129;

7 for 47: 8 for 62; 9 for 78;                             10 for 129.

10 for 78.

BOWLING ANALYSIS.

  1. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE.

1st Innings                                            2nd Innings

O         M        R         W                      O         M      R                                                   W

  1. H. LaBrooy        9 2          27        2                                                17        4        56                                                   4
  2. C. W. Rock      8 0          33        0*                                                  15        3        57                                                   1
  3. I. Weinman        7.3 2          13        3*                                          7          0        46                                                   0
  4. L. Gunesekera     11 2          27        2                                           10        0        35                                                   0
  5. C. de Saram       3 0          18        1                                                 14        5        35                                                   0
  6. L. de Kretser     9 1        44                         0
  7. R. Heyn          2 1        8                                0

ROYAL COLLEGE.

1st Innings.

 

1st Innings                                            2nd Innings

O         M        R         W                      O         M      R                                                   W

  1. A. S. Fernando 3 1          13        0
  2. S. Jayasundera 12.1 3          22        4*                      17        12      21                                                   3*
  3. Parker 10 5          18        3*                      9          4        12                                                   0
  4. Markus 16 1          15        1                        21.3     8        30                                                   6
  5. Wijesinghe 5 0          19        2                        5          2        10                                                   0
  6. Pulle 7 3        11                                                   1
  7. Samarasekera 1 0        10                                                   0

 

  • No ball.

The Vizianagram Tour

A team of Indian cricketers under the captaincy of the Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram toured the island last December. It is interesting to note the deeds of Royalists in those matches.

In the match against a team of schoolboys, Royal had three representatives in the team. The Indian team, which included Sutcliffe, found the bowling of D. B. Gunasekera, Jnr., most puzzling. He bowled magnificently and took 7 for 83. He took the wickets of C. K. Naidu and Deodhar, two of India’s finest batsmen. In the School’s innings S. S. Jayewickrema top-scored with 48. He played a fine innings against really good bowling. In the 2nd innings F. C. de Saram top-scored with 31 not out. At one stage 7 wickets were down for 14 runs. Then de Saram and Wijesekera, one from Royal the other from S. T. C., almost played out time and ultimately the game was saved.

There were six Royalists in the Ceylonese side against the Indians. They were the Captain Dr. C. H. Gunasekera, L. D. S. Gunasekera, E. Kelaart, F. C. de Saram, H. Wille and D. B. Gunasekera, Jnr. In this match, too, Royalists did extremely well. E. Kelaart scored 54 and 43, F. C. de Saram 31 and 77 not out and L.D. S. Gunasekera 27 in the 2nd innings.

In the All-Ceylon side too there were also six Royalists. They were the Captain Dr. C. H. Gunasekera, L. D. S. Gunasekera, E. Kelaart, H. C. Poulier, F. C. de Saram and D. B. Gunasekera, Jnr. Once again they did brilliantly. L. D. S. Gunasekera played superb innings of 67, and later, when we were in rather a bad way Dr. C. H. Gunasekera and D. B. Gunasekera, Jnr. put up over a century between them. The Doctor got 50 and D. B. 79, E. Kelaart’s fielding was a feature of the match.

Reviews

We publish the following review from the Ceylon Daily News of Mr. H. J. Wijesinghe’s book ‘ ‘Practical Chemistry”.

This little book, which is the result of years of experience in teaching Chemistry, gives in outline a course of laboratory work which is essentially practical in its nature and so designed as to aid the student in acquiring a good grasp of the fundamental principles of Chemistry. In doing practical work students have as a rule, only a limited time at their disposal and are apt to rush through their work mechanically without co-ordinating the theory they have learnt with their practical work. Mr. Wijesinghe has therefore introduced the minimum of theory required for the understanding of the different sections of this book. In doing this, he has followed a system which he has adopted with great success both at the Royal College and St. Thomas’ College.

As Mr. H. L. Reed, the Principal of the Royal College, says in his introductory remarks to this book “Mr. Wijesinghe may be congratulated upon achieving great lucidity of presentation. Difficulties are anticipated, without any danger of letting the pupil do his work in an automatic way. It appears to me that there is sufficient encouragement to the pupil to consult theoretical books for points or theory, and at the same time there is no need for him to do so at every turn. The difficulty of striking the right mean in this very delicate matter seems to have been largely overcome by Mr. Wijesinghe.

***   ***

ADDENDA; Historical Snaps

 F. C de Saram on song for Oxford in England, 1930s

 

FC rendered immortal by the hand of the irrespressible Collette

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