a game older than the Ashes

130 years of unbroken cricket between two- schools is a remarkable feat.

That these two schools are based in Sri Lanka makes it undeniable.

That I was part of one of the two schools (the better one of course) gives me immense pride.

And today at the SSC, around 10.30 in the morning, Royal College (my alma-mater and the better school) takes on St.Thomas’s College, for the 130th time for 3 days of intense cricket, boozing and bird(girl) watching.

130 years is more than enough to instill a sense of rivalry that is unmatched in Schools cricket in SL. These all-boys schools pumps out enough testosterone in these 3 days to turn gay Mumbai straight.

Our schools cricket is what high school football is for Americans. What Eton and Harrow mean for the English. And when the School cricket season comes around from February to April or so, the highlight of the season without question is the battle of the blues or the Royal-Thomian.

With both schools having been founded by our Colonial rulers, the sense of tradition and pomp is still rich. In previous years the day before the game we would have what is known as a cycle parade, where the school boys would get on their bikes and ride around the School and near by roads chanting the school names and waving flags. Of course the highlight of the whole parade was near by attractions in the form of the all girls schools. Sometimes the temptation got the better of many a lad and they would mysterious appear on the wrong (or right) side, depending on how you look at it, of the girls school walls.

Good times.

I wont be there of course.  But you can be sure that for any Royalist or Thomian, aka Homians,Homos, Pooftas geographical handicaps wont be stopping them from finding out whats happening at the SSC.

For most Royalist and Thomians, their school life is defined by the ‘big match’.

When you are around grade 7-8, the interest is in the cricket and seeing your school heros take it to the enemy.

When you are a bit older, the interest turns to the alcohol, most kids probably get a wiff of their first poison at the match.

When you are in highschool, the interest turns to the fairer sex. Many a romance has fluttered its wings at those SSC stands.

When you are married with kids, its the escape you dream about for the entire year.

Of course, everyone will still have one eye on the cricket- naturally.

This year the Royalists are in with a big shout for the win.  So I wish them the best of luck! After losing two of the matches in the last 4 years this year will definitely be ours.

So here’ to a right Royal Victory !


  1. Suave said:

    you posh twat.

    No offence meant by that, but fuCK1ng hell sunshine, you’re posh.

    March 12, 2009
  2. Sachintha said:

    Gee man I’m missing the fucking match (well, our one of course) badly too…
    These are usually the days you ‘prepare’ for getting stoned etc etc! LOL…
    Of course cricket too is important!
    Good luck to you guys…

    Btw, I was thinking of putting up a big match post this evening, even found some pics… should do it…

    March 12, 2009
  3. Ishan said:

    couldnt have written better damith! hope the rain stays away and we can see Royal thrashing the thora’s ! damn i miss going to the match!

    March 12, 2009
  4. scorpicity said:

    Ah Beautiful… more of these Damith.

    March 12, 2009
  5. damiths said:

    Suave> Yes, I’m a posh twat and bloody proud of it !

    Sach> Ya, I have been missing the big match for about 4 years now. Worst part is that I missed the one match we won after so long. Was stuck at work in SL ! On a Saturday !!

    Ishan> Cheers

    Scorpi> Cheers, Will provide some updates along the way.

    BCCI> Updates coming soon.

    March 13, 2009
  6. shine said:

    haha a time that is both exciting and nerve wracking for all the girls in colombo..exciting cos cycle parades bring the cutest of the guys to the doorstep of ur school and that gets on the nerves of those unmarried miserable old teachers..two birds in one stone…nerve wracking cos if you have ever screwed around with a boy, then this is the time ur name will apear on the walls of ur school with a noun next to it. lol.
    I hope the thomians are invading our school these days..when I went to school, we always got stuck with the stinky ass royal, ananda, nalanda guys but we actually wanted the thomians, mainly cos we thought they are the rich, posh and dumb ones…oh well…royal isnt that bad. i hope u guys win damith 🙂

    March 13, 2009
  7. shine said:

    btw, I submitted a question for the doing sanga thingy.. am I too late?

    March 13, 2009
  8. damiths said:

    Shine> That is hilarious. Good times I must admit but you were so wrong to want the Thomians, didnt you know they cant get it up ? At least not when girls are around.

    Ps- Sadly you are too late with the question. Another pitfall of not being a regular visitor but we trust that you wont fail us from today on.

    March 13, 2009
  9. Kesh said:

    not so good today for us damn it

    March 13, 2009
  10. shine said:

    oh really, that sucks…but it’s. I promise to check flyslip out bfr I go to sleep every day, so that I wont miss such golden opportunities like this lol.

    ya ya i know now damith..they really are no good. we were mislead by the older girls who basically got screwed by them and wanted the same for us out of jealousy lol Royal is the bomb!! I’m glad you guys did well..:)

    March 13, 2009

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