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Big Match

Big Matches are annual cricket matches played between different schools in Sri Lanka. The same schools have played one another for many years, some for over a century, and Big Matches form an important part of modern Sri Lankan culture with both school children and adults taking part in much of the activity that is part of the annual matches.



Most big matches are played over two days. Three big matches – Royal–Thomian, St. Thomas-St. Servatius and Central-St. John – are played over three days.

List of Big Matches

  1. Royal–Thomian: Royal College, Colombo v S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia (1879–present; also known as the Battle of the Blues; three-day match)
  2. St. Thomas'–St. Servatius Cricket Encounter: St. Thomas' College, Matara v St. Servatius' College (1900–present; previously known as the Battle of Nilwala or Battle of the Blues; also known as the Battle of Ruhuna; three-day match)
  3. Battle of the North: Jaffna Central College v St. John's College, Jaffna (North) (1901–present; interrupted; also known as the Battle of the Blues; three-day match)
  4. Richmond–Mahinda: Richmond College, Galle v Mahinda College (1905–present; also known as "Lovers' Quarrel")
  5. Trinity-Anthony's: Trinity College, Kandy v St. Anthony's College, Kandy (1914–present; also known as the Battle of the Blues)
  6. Battle of the Golds: Jaffna College v St. Patrick's College, Jaffna (1917–present)
  7. Ananda-Nalanda: Ananda College v Nalanda College, Colombo (1924–present; also known as the Battle of the Maroons)
  8. Prince of Wales'-St. Sebastian's Cricket Encounter: Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa v St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa (1933–present; also known as the Battle of the Golds)
  9. Battle of the Saints: St Peter's College, Colombo v St. Joseph's College, Colombo (1933–present)
  10. Battle of the Mangoosteens: Kalutara Vidyalaya v Tissa Central College (1949–present)
  11. Battle of the Babes: St. Sylvester's College v Vidyartha College (1958–present)
  12. Battle of the Rocks: Maliyadeva College v St. Anne's College, Kurunegala (1959–present)
  13. Battle of the Brothers: Thurstan College v Isipathana College (1964–present)
  14. Battle of the Golds: Kegalu Vidyalaya v St. Mary's College, Kegalle (1960s – present)
  15. Dharmasoka-Devananda: Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda v Sri Devananda College Ambalangoda (1966–present)
  16. Battle of Kotte: Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya v St. Thomas' College, Kotte (1976–present)
  17. Battle of the Golds: Sri Rahula College, Kandy v Sri Sumangala College, Kandy (1981–present)
  18. Battle of Kelaniya: Gurukula College v Sri Dharmaloka College (1988–present)
  19. Royal vs St. John's: Royal College Panadura v St. John's College Panadura (1992–present; also known as the Battle of Panadura)
  20. Battle of Raigam Korale: Piliyandala Central College v Taxila Central College, Horana (2001–present)
  21. Battle of Two Cities: Rahula College v St. Aloysius' College, Galle (F. R Alles Trophy)
  22. Battle of Wayamba: Royal College Wayamba, Kurunegala v Sir John Kotalawala College (2005–present)
  23. Battle of the Hindus: Jaffna Hindu College v Kokuvil Hindu College (2008–present)
  24. Battle of the Golds Ruhuna: Weeraketiya Rajapaksha Central College v Dickwella Vijitha Central College (2010–present)
  25. Battle of Golden Lions: Dharmapala Vidyalaya v Rahula College (2012–present)
  26. Battle of the Greens: Arethusa College v T. B. Jayah Zahira College (2012–present; 30-over match)
  27. Battle of Dematagoda: St. John's College, Dematagoda v St. Mathew's College, Dematagoda
  28. Battle of Golds: Moratu Vidyalaya v Sri Sumangala College, Panadura
  29. Battle of Sri Jayawardanapura - St._John's_College,_Nugegoda Vs Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte


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