schools: How they played the game
"The History of Royal- S. Thomas’ cricket match- 125"
was launch-ed on November 6.
This is the second time in the history of the two institutions that
a publication of this nature has been organized jointly by the Old
Boys’ Associations. The first was the Centenary History published
in March 1979 which has been included as Part I in the present edition.
The book, which
runs into 300 glossy pages, contains contributions from former captains
and distinguished players in the series. In Part I, on the Royal
side, are an interview with Sir John Kotelawala recalling his cricketing
days in 1914 and articles by F.R. de Zoysa and D.W.L. Lieversz (Snr.)
covering their respective cricketing periods. There are vivid descriptions
of the 1916 and 1925 matches by Sumedha Robert and President J.R.
There is also
an interview with N. Kandiah who led Royal to a thrilling victory
in the Jubilee Match of 1929. F.C. de Saram discloses The Litte
Known Facts of the Match while The Impossible Finish of 1951 is
aptly written by the Commentator. Vijaya Malalasekera recounts his
experiences on the 1962 match.
On the Thomian
side in Part I among those who have contributed fascinatingly nostalgic
articles are Jackson Smith on the 1913 match, former captains Rev.
A.E. Crowther, P.B. Bulankulame, A. Lankatilleke, C.E.L. (Kalla)
de Silva and Rudolph Jayatilleke reminiscing on their respective
cricketing encounters. R.B. Wijesinha writing on a Hundred Unbroken
Years, a former All Ceylon Michael Tissera reminiscing on his years
1954-1958 and Premalal Goonesekere recalling the circumstances that
brought about the 8-wicket victory to the Thomians whom he led in
1964 and "The Champagne Innings of Duleep Mendis in 1972"
are among the several other contributions to ‘The History’.
Among the articles
that are reproduced from previous publications dealing with the
Royal-Thomian are C.O. Siebel's "Impression of the Great Game
- the First Match of 1880", Edmund de Livera on the Big Match
of 1892, F.L. Goonewardene's "Some Famous Thomian Cricketers
of My Time - 1893-1899" and Frank Ondatjie's "My School
Day Impressions". It includes poems of champions of Light Verse
by Archdeacon De Winton at the 1920 Big Match, "Lines on the
Royal-Thomian Match" by Major H.L. Reed, L.W. de Silva's "Grande
Certamen" with an English translation paying a tribute to Normal
Siebel's record-breaking innings of 151 not out in 1936 and the
Royal-Thomian Tradition by Mervyn Casie Chetty. There is a parody
by Gallinago on the Match of 1953.
In Part II,
among those who share their reminiscences are Pradeep Kariyawasam
in an article with an apt title "So near and yet so far"
and Mahinda Halangoda in an article with an equally apt title "Thomians
are never dead till they are buried" on the centenary match.
writes of "The day Royalists sang the Thomian Song" recalling
the innings victory of the Thomians in the 109th Encounter. Others
who have contributed are Chulaka Amarasinghe and Udaya Wijesena
who led the Royalists to victory in 1983 and 1990 respectively and
Ganganath Ratnayake on the Royal side whilst Naren Ratwatte, who
piloted the Thomian victory in 1999 and Arjuna Rajawasan with his
article titled "In unwavering pursuit of the Gold in 2002"
complete the story on the Thomian side. William Jayetileke, the
oldest living Thomian Captain in the series who scored 110 not out
in the second innings of the match in 1937 and won the game for
the Thomians recalls the "Royal-Thomian Spirit in the unbroken
feature of ‘The History’ is that Parts I and II contain
the score cards of the 124 matches from 1880 to 2003 whilst Part
III contains statistics updated to 2003. ‘The History’
was compiled by Nihal H. Gunaratna, C.H. Gunasekera, D.L. de Saram
and M.L. Fernando. Priced at Rs. 1,000 it will be available for
sale at STC OBA Secretariat at Mount Lavinia and at the Royal College
guide in Sinhala
By Lakmali Jayasinghe
The Sinhala translation of "A Quick Guide to Gender Mainstreaming
in the Public Service" by Vajira Pathirana was launched on
November 4. The event was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
under the patronage of the High Commissioner for Canada, Valerie
Secretariat published the original book in 1996 with the view of
ensuring gender mainstreaming in the public service. Women's participation
in the public sphere in selected Commonwealth countries including
Sri Lanka is discussed in the book. "Gender equality and equity
are currently in focus and thus the translation of this book is
very appropriate," said Secretary, Ministry of Women's Affairs,
Lalitha Dissanayake who was present at the event.
The book explains
what a GMS or Gender Management System is-a comprehensive network
of structures, mechanisms and processes to bring a gender perspective
to bear in the mainstreaming of all government policies, programmes
This guide is
only part of a series of books on this topic. The book provides
specific guidelines for gender mainstreaming and is ideal for those
working towards integrating gender in all government sectors.