Old Boys from Syd­ney and Mel­bourne make cricket tour

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

A con­tin­gent of 14 past crick­eters from Royal Col­lege, S. Thomas' Col­lege and Jaffna Cen­tral, rep­re­sent­ing Old Boys of Royal Col­lege in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, is set to make their third over-50 Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka this month.

The team, led by Sam Law­ton, a former Roy­al­ist, will play five games dur­ing their stay in Sri Lanka at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the coun­try. The team in­cludes 10 former Royal Col­lege crick­eters, with Law­ton as skip­per and Kings­ley Ra­jas­ing­ham, Gane San­mu­garat­nam, Ransi Fer­nando, Ray Ra­manan, Gu­narat­nam Kan­daku­mar, Radesh Ra­jarat­nam, Shanti Ku­mar, Janaka Subas­inghe and Prasanna Kariyawasam as the man­ager.

The three former Tho­mi­ans in the side are Las­an­tha Peris, Stan­ley Jayan­thaku­mar and Lak­sh­man Thu­rairat­nam, while Ra­jan Si­vara­jah will be the only former player from Jaffna Cen­tral in the unit.

They will be­gin their tour by play­ing against Maris Stella Col­lege in Ne­gombo on De­cem­ber 16, fol­lowed by the sec­ond game on De­cem­ber 17 against the Old Boys of Ananda Col­lege at Seenigama. Both matches will be­gin at 2.00pm on the re­spec­tive days.

On De­cem­ber 19, the tour­ing party will take on the Cey­lon Masters Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo from 11.00am with Ja­gath Fer­nando, the cap­tain of the Royal Col­lege cricket team in 1971 grac­ing the game as the chief guest. The Old Roy­al­ists will meet the Old Boys of St. An­thony's Col­lege at Katu­gas­tota on De­cem­ber 21 with the match set to start at 11.00am. The fi­nal match of the tour will be against the Old Ra­jans, set to be played from 10.30am at Lake View in Kandy on De­cem­ber 23.

The Old Boys of Royal Col­lege in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne made sim­i­lar tours in 2011 and 2014, which were suc­cess­fully con­ducted with greater ca­ma­raderie.

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