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Dharmaraja Cricket Match Photos and Video

''Report by Anuradha Rajapakse and Photos by Chinthaka Weerasinghe''

On Sunday the 30th of May, the old boys of Dharmaraja college and
Kingswood college living in the UK held their first ever big match in
London in the form of a T20, organised by the Dharmaraja OBU London
branch. The cricket match and accompanying festivities took place at the
Harrow Town Cricket Club in Rayners Lane with old Rajans and
Kingswoodians arriving from all over the UK. Over two hundred attendees
enjoyed the cricket, food and the other activities in the warm sunshine
while recalling the fond memories of the battle of the maroons from
Kandy. Family members, friends and many well wishers joined the old boys
to make this event a successful one.

The Dharmaraja captain Ruwan Dharmapala won the toss and elected to bat
first. The Rajans, after a slow start racked up 156 runs in their twenty
overs. The Kingswoodians started their innings in attacking style, but
lost wickets later on after some tight bowling by the Dharmaraja
bowlers. With a tall order of 56 runs in four overs, it seemed at one
point the Rajans were heading for an easy win. With some late lusty
hitting, the Kingswoodians managed to bring down the asking rate to just
16 runs off the last over, to ensure a tight and exciting finish. The
Rajans held their nerve to win by 10 runs to make this first encounter a
memorable one. A soft ball six a side match for the amateurs followed
the T20 match with the Rajans again emerging as winners.

The exciting cricket in the middle was complemented by the entertainment
lined up outside the boundary ropes. A live band and a DJ entertained
the crowed to old Sinhala hits as well as modern English favourites. A
Koththu and Hopper stand along with a pastry shop run by the Rajans kept
the crowed well fed with Sri Lankan food. The Harrow Town cricket club
bar provided the beverages to cool the attendees in the hot sunshine.

The fun day catered for everyone’s needs. A bouncy castle kept the
children entertained right throughout the afternoon and a face painter
added colour to the event by decorating the faces of the young ones.
Free sweets were distributed among the children by the organisers.

The award ceremony was graced by among others, the President of the
Festival Of Cricket and Brigadier Nirmal Dharmaratne, the Defence
Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK, himself an Old
Rajan. The main sponsors of the event were Colombo Exchange and Third
Eye Travel. A Baila session ended the days proceedings with the
organisers and the attendees looking forward to making this an annual
event and one of the key events of the Sri Lankan community in the UK.

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