89th Battle of the Saints Powered by Dialog
The Saints to Go Marching this 28th and 29th April at the SSC Colombo
April 20th, 2023 Colombo
Lasantha Theverapperuma, Group Chief Operating Officer, Group Business Operations, Dialog Axiata PLC handing over the sponsorship cheque to Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi, Rector St. Joseph’s College and Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo, Rector, St. Peter’s College
Photographed (L-R) : Sadesh Jayawardane, Captain, St. Joseph’s College, Rev. Fr. Priyan Tissera, Prefect of Games, St. Joseph’s College, Terrence Fernando, Co -Chairman, Joint Organizing Committee, St. Joseph’s College, College, Michael Elias, Co -Chairman, Joint Organizing Committee, St. Peter’s College, Rev. Fr. Milan Bernard, Sports Coordinator, St. Peter’s College, Nimuthu Gunawardana, Captain, St. Peters College.
One of the most competitive big matches played in Sri Lanka, the 89th edition of the ‘Battle of the Saints’, powered by Dialog Axiata PLC, played between premier Catholic boys’ schools, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and St. Peter’s College, Colombo for the Rev. Father Maurice J. Le Goc Trophy, will be battled in its full glory at the SSC on the 28th and 29th April 2023.
Due to the unprecedented times in the last two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the matches were played behind closed doors for the safety of players, however with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the Joint Match Organising Committee of the ‘Battle of the Saints” under the guidance of the Rector/Principal of the two respective schools have decided to play the 89th edition in full attendance of students, old boys and well wishers.
Dialog Axiata PLC has made arrangements to broadcast the matches live on Dialog Television channel number 70, and via live stream on Thepapare.com and the Dialog ViU app.
The ‘Battle of the Saints’, which is renowned for its exciting and competitive brand of cricket is the only annual two-day cricket encounter that strategically limits the first innings to 60 overs each to create greater interest and result orientation. In the 2023 encounter the lads from Darley Road will be led by wicket keeper batsman and Sri Lanka U19 player Sadeesh Jayawardena, while the boys from Bambalapitiya will be under the captaincy of batting allrounder, Nimuthu Gunawardana.
“The Joe-Pete is one of the most anticipated annual encounters in Sri Lanka’s schools’ cricket calendar and I’m pleased that 89th edition of our beloved encounter will be played in its past glory,” Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo, the Rector of the hosting school, St. Peter’s College, Colombo, said. “I take this opportunity to thank our long-term partner Dialog Axiata for being with us during good and challenging times.”
Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi, Rector of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo, said, The Battle of the Saints between St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s has a long and rich history of tradition as two of the leading Catholic schools in Sri Lanka. I am sure both teams will play exciting cricket to bring excitement for both young and old Peterites and Josephians. I wish both the schools and their respective captains the very best to deliver two days of exhilarating cricket.
St. Joseph’s College leads the series tally with 12 wins, their last win coming under the captaincy of Ruwantha Fernandopulle in 2008, while St. Peter’s College were the winners of the 2016 encounter under Vinu Mohotty, bringing their tally to 10 wins, which ensured the Rev. Father Maurice J. Legoc Trophy was kept securely in the trophy cabinet at Bambalapitiya.
The highly anticipated Josephian-Peterite limited overs match played for the ‘Fr. Peter A. Pillai Memorial Trophy’ which was the first one day encounter among schools commencing in 1975, has always attracted the highest number of spectators for a school’s 50 over cricket match is scheduled to be played on the 30th of April 2023 at the SSC Grounds, Colombo. The Josephian’s lead the one-day encounter 24-21 with 2 matches ending with no result and one game with a tie . In last year’s encounter the boys from Bambalapitiya edged out the Josephians in a closely contested game.
The two schools have produced many National Caps. Current Sri Lanka test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Chaminda Vaas, Dunith Wellage, Thisara Perera, Ashley De Silva, Michael Van Dort, Roshen Silva, Priyamal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama are the Josephians who represented Sri Lanka while the Peterites are Roy Dias, Rumesh Ratnayake, Vinodhan John, Amal Silva, Russel Arnold, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Malinda Warnapura, Angelo Perera and Janith Liyanage.
This year Janatha Steel has strengthen the JoePete as the Platinum Sponsor for 2023 edition. JoePete 2023 edition has also attracted many other sponsors Keells Krest, Elephant house, CBL, Maggie, Daraz, HNB, Uber and Singer Sri Lanka for its vibrant brand of schools cricket. currently Josephinas are the Under 19 Inter School Division One Tier A 2 Day Joint Champions.
Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Premier Football and Paralympic sports by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.