History at a Glance
The inaugural cricket encounter between Ananda and Nalanda was played in 1924 and the Captains of Ananda and Nalanda were A.P. Rajakaruna and B.S.Perera respectively.
The match between the two schools was not played in 1943,1944 and 1945 due to the 2nd world war. The Maroons encounter was also not played in 1948, the year in which Sri Lanka gained independence. Because of these incidents some captains of the two schools were deprived of the honour of leading their teams in the Big Match.
Their names are as follows.
|1942||P.J. Ranathunaga||G.W.G. Senevirathne|
|1943||B.R. Fernando||G.W.G. Senevirathne|
|1945||A. Senevirathne||A.N. Piyadasa|
|1948||B. Wickramasinghe||S.D. Dayapala|
Throughout the long history of the Battle of the Maroons Ananda has emerged victorious on 14 occasions while Nalanda has recorded victories in 5 encounters.
The Last victory
The last victory in a Maroons Battle was recorded by Ananda at the Big Match in 2003 and for Nalanda the last victory was way back in 1953. These winning teams were led by Duminda Kularathne and W W Silva respectively.
By winning the Big Match during the years 1937, 1938,1939,1940 and 1941 Ananda established a record for the most consecutive victories in the history of the encounter. The captains who led the Ananda teams to victory during these 5 years were V.R.Perera , M.Sirimanne, J.D.Sugathadasa, G.W.Perera and M.A.Jayasinghe . Nalanda on the other hand has recorded successive wins only during the years 1949 and 1950. The victorious teams for Nalanda were led by M.A.L.Perera (1949) and A.W.Dharamadasa (1950).
Maroons who lead Sri Lanka to test cricket victory.
|Arjuna Ranathunga||Bandula Warnapura|
|Marvan Atapattu||Roshan Mahanama|
Itís with great pride we remember that Bandula became Sri Lankaís first test captain and Arjuna Ranatunga led the Sri Lanka team to victory at the 1996 cricket World Cup while the Sri Lanka team that became runners up at the 2007 World cup was led by Mahela Jayawardena.
Golden memories of Sri Lanka test cricket
The first half century, first century and the first double century for Sri Lanka were scored by three Anandians whose achievements shall stand unique in the history of Sri Lanka Cricket. They are Arjuna Ranatunga (1982), Sidath Wettimuny (1982) ,and Brendan Kuruppu 201*.
Those who represented Sri Lanka in Cricket
|D. Weerasinghe||B.S. Perera|
|Sonny Yatawara||Stanly Jayasinghe|
|Anurudha Polonowita||Carl Obeysekara|
|Sarath Wimalaratne||Ashly De Silva|
|Sunil Wettimuny||Bandula Warnapura|
|Sidath Wettimuny||Lalith Kaluperuma|
|Ajith De Silva||Jayantha Senaviratne|
|Arjuna Ranatunga||Anura Ranainghe|
|Brendon Kuruppu||Sunil Jayasinghe|
|Marvan Attapattu||Susantha Karunaratne|
|Sanjeewa Ranatunga||Hemantha Devappriya|
|Thilan Samaraweera||Yohan Gunasekara|
|Tilan Wijesinghe||Roshan Gunaratne|
|Oshadi Weerasinghe||Sanath Kaluperuma|
|Dinuk Hettiarachchi||Asanga Gurusinghe|
|Hemantha Wickramaratne||Roshan Mahanama|
|Chandika Haturusinghe||Keerthi Ranasinghe|
|Avishka Gunawardena||Mahela Jayawardena|
|Thilina Kandamby||Kumar Dharmasena|
|Akalanka Ganegama||Shantha Kalavitagoda|
|Muthumudalige Pushpakumara||Gamini Wickramasinghe|
|Nishantha Ranatunga||Sudharman De Silva|
|Mahela Udawatta||Ishara Amarasinghe|
|Mithra Wettamuni||Chamara Dunusinghe|
|Dhammika Ranathunga||Shammi Silva|
|Charith Senanayake||Sunil Jayasinghe|