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When Petes shot out Cambrians for 11 and won within a day

PRINCE OF WALES COLLEGE FIRST ELEVEN CRICKET TEAM 1962/63 On the Ground (from left): Sarath Fernando, Chanaka Perera Seated (from left): Hemal Mendis (Snr), Ryle de Mel (Vice Captain), Vernon de Mel (Captain), Rajah Peiris, Nihal Thenuwara. Standing (from left): Sarath de Silva, Leslie de Silva, Priyananda Perera, Shanthilal Silva, Ranjith Wickramasinghe, Deepal Peiris, Nihal Sannasgala. Absent: Srinath Silva (Picture by Dilwin Mendis, Moratuwa Sports Special Correspondent)
PRINCE OF WALES COLLEGE FIRST ELEVEN CRICKET TEAM 1962/63 On the Ground (from left): Sarath Fernando, Chanaka Perera Seated (from left): Hemal Mendis (Snr), Ryle de Mel (Vice Captain), Vernon de Mel (Captain), Rajah Peiris, Nihal Thenuwara. Standing (from

Can you believe a formidable first eleven cricket team getting out for 11 runs? Yes it happened with the match ending with a day to spare.

In the first term of 1963 under the captaincy of Vernon de Mel Prince of Wales’ College cricket team travelled up to Bambalapitiya to take on St. Peter’s College. The Cambrian-Peterite first eleven encounter was first played in 1955 and since then they have met annually without a break.

During this period the inter-school matches commenced at 12.00 noon on Fridays and Saturdays and ended at 6.00 p.m. Former Cambrian captain, All Ceylon player and one time secretary of the Board of Cricket for Sri Lanka Nisal Senaratne was coaching the Cambrians during this period. After Thursday’s practices he called Vernon and told him not to bat first even he wins the toss because in the Southern end of the Peterites ground was the lake and due to this factor up to mid afternoon there will be little moisture on the pitch and a wet wind also blowing and the bowling side had an advantage of the ball swinging either way.

The previous weekend the Cambrians had met the Rajans and had fared well. When the team arrived at the Peterite pavilion most of the players underestimated the Peterites and insisted Vernon to bat first if he wins the toss. As expected the Cambrians won the toss and elected to take first lease and they were skittled out for a paltry 11 runs in 40 balls. The top score came from the extras with 4 runs. Peterite openers Maurice Deckker and Travis Fernando ripped through the Cambrian batting and claiming 5 for 6 and 3 for 1 respectively. The Cambrians recorded their lowest score in their cricket history of 72 years. The previous lowest was 19 in their inaugural match against Royal College which was played on 27 February 1897 at St. Sebastian Hill, Pettah, Colombo.

In reply the home team could not fare well too as expected but were all out for 131 runs with David Heyn making the top score of 40, Tyronne de Le Mercier 24 and Decker an unbeaten 25. Ryle de Mel bowled best for the visitors with 4 for 38. In their second essay on a dry wicket the Cambrians bounced back and totalled 137 with Hemal Mendis (Snr) scoring 36 and P. de Silva contributing 27.d Le Mercier captured 5 for 40 and set to make 18 runs for an outright victory Peterites notched up the required score for the loss of 2 wickets with one day to spare.


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