this the best in the series?
Was the 1938 big match (Royal College and S. Thomas' College) the
best of the series?
(Has there been any other Royal-Thomian that could put on par with
the match played by Pat McCarthy's Royalists team of 1938). I am
not saying this because of my affiliations with Royal. If I think
back on what I witnessed at any of the Battle of Blues games the1938
match was where I saw a glorious display of cricket between two
well matched teams. Somehow Royal gained the ascendancy-most probably
due to the one main "inspiration".
is none other that P.C.D. McCarthy. Many of the match records of
that year have not been improved on yet. One writer wrote that "Plus
& Minus" opened the Royalists innings or were they taken
to be "Laurel & Hardy" I refer to "Papa".
(Vollenhoven and Freddy Vanderwert.
two were no jokers! They were very serious minded. Fat tall Davd
Vollenhoven and Lanky Vanderwert As for the Thomians they had 3
or 4 of the best schoolboy cricketers of that year R.B. Wijesinghe,
A.R. Ratnayake, A.J. de Bruin and E. Hermon but somehow the Royalists
used their ability to the hilt. Their stroke play all round had
to be seen to be believed.
Royal ran riot, toyed with the Thomian attack and then "ran
them off their feet" - Abeysekera was taken to hospital, A.B.
Samaraweera, G.B.R. Symons, were absent due to cramps during the
first day for the first time, members of a team suffered so much
due to exertion, four hours in the sun-chasing 351 runs-all were
unfit to take part after the marathon scoring spree. Of the Thomians
A.B. Samaraweera was playing his first match of the season. For
the Royalists Alavi Macan Markar (86) was the best effort - his
graceful batting performance.
Vollenhover was "a rock" to bowl at and Pat McCarthy under
whose inspiring leadership and flashing blade this amazing performances
were enacted! V.R. Perera one of my class companions tore the "ball"
apart. His "Hit or Miss" and he hit them quite often resulted
in -1 six and 7 fours (34/52). Markar 9 fours (36/86), McCarthy
1 x6x10 fours (46/81) in 95 minutes. Edgar Hubert Royalist googly
and "full" toss specialist took 2 for 0 (Duckworth and
Gauder in the Thomian 2nd innings. He got them with full "tosses"
took 2 for 0 and 3 for 2 runs, in the Thomian 2nd innings. At the
end of 1st day S. Thomas' were 56 for 4 in 90 minutes.
came from his sick bed & batted well to score 20 in the 2nd
innings for the Thomians-true Thomian grit, but to no avail eventually.
The Thomians had R.B. Wijesinghe who scored 720 runs and took 35
wkts that season. S. Thomas' were dismissed for 112 at 1.20 p.m.
on 2nd day and they finished the match at 4.30 p.m. with the Thomian
2nd innings total of 152. The Royal fielding is described as brilliant.
The tired Thomian fielding dropped 9 catches. Royal won after 7
odds and ends - First milk: interval in inter-college cricket was
partaken in this match. (1938 - at / 1.45 p.m.) The Milk Interval
came in for criticism from former all Ceylon captain who asked the
question “Who started the feeding bottle?”. D.J. Kelly
- Played first match of season. E.R. Hubert - First match season
/ Reserves - F.J. de Seram and V.H. Gunasekera /12th Man-D.L. Zoysa
/ Royal won First Match in 7 years / R.L. de Kretser - missed Big
march due to appendix of operation / S. Thomas' reserves - Abeygoonawardena
and Jayatilaka / Radio Commentary by Donovan Andree / Pat. McCarthy
gave an interview on Radio Ceylon on the 2nd day- first by a school
boy cricketer in Ceylon / Umpires - C.W. Vangeyzel / I. Rasanayagam
- A.B. Samaraweera first match of season.
50 runs in 45 mts/100 runs in 85 mts Batsmen Chances given
200 runs in 165 mts Vollenhoven - 2 C.I. Gunasekera -1
300 runs in 210 mts Macan Markar-1 R.H. Aldons -2
351/for 7 w in 240 mts V.R. Perera-3
de Zoysa (12th Man played one match in 1937 season Vs Nalanda, /
And 1938 one march Vs St. Joseph’s. He was a brilliant cover
P.C.D. McCarthy (captain) Achievements-:
1938-17th - 18th March Vs. St. Thomas’ - 81 runs
20th March - L.D.S. Gunasekeras X1 (Ceylonese) Vs Col. G.C. Thornes
March-(17) Combined Colleges X1 vs University College
26th March -(66) Royal College Vs Matara Old Royalists at Matara.
30th March-24-All Ceylon vs Australia.
in brackets). No. Schoolboy prior to end of world war II in 1945
has emulated him. McCarthy subsequently represented the NCC. He
played for Royal College in 1935/36/37/38. In 1940 McCarthy like
many other school boy sportsman joined the volunteer Ceylon Army
and served as a 2nd Lt., in the Ceylon Garrison Artillery till 1945.
His Commanding officer was Lt. Col. F.C.de Saram.