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Josephian grit kept Wesleyites at bay

Great escape of 1983     Who recalls that St Joseph’s versus Wesley cricket match played at Campbell Park in 1983? It wasn’t a thriller; it wasn’t a type of a match that kept you on the edge of your seat. Instead, it was a classic example of Josephian grit …

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Saint battle full of suspense and drama..

  By David Heyn Spectators at the 1962 Josephian-Pe terite Big Match were taken on a bumpy roller-coaster ride as the teams experienced highs and lows over the two days. Only 444 runs were scored and 38 wickets fell but there were some outstanding performances with bat and ball, and supporters were kept on the edge of …

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MAGICAL MOMENTS IN THOSE ALL-TIME GREAT ESCAPES

It was the early 1960s. I was a primary school student at St Joseph’s College, and my father accompanied me daily to school. During that period, classes began at 9am and ended at 3.30pm. Since my father was a government servant working at the Census and Statistics Department, I had to fall …

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Bens’ pace duo went on Sebastianite duck hunt. St. Benedict’s vs St. Sebastians 1983 at Kotahena

Another epic battle, unearthed thanks to veteran writer and our Quadrangle columnist Neil Wijeratne. As we were looking for “Great Escapes” he mentioned having watched this match and making short notes of the game, especially the bowling brilliance of multi-talented Benedictine Ravi Irugalbandara. He was one of my childhood heroes. He was equally good or better in hockey and football. …

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Good Lord and dropped catch saved Josephians.

It was in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, an era I recall, that as a schoolboy, eagerly looking forward to Fridays. Not so much because a weekend was in sight but simply to watch another First XI cricket encounter. The first stop on a Friday morning would be a quick glance at the blackboard on the left …

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