The Dharmaraja– Kingswood cricket match known as the “Battle of the Maroons”- the oldest in the Central Province- will take place this time on March17 and18 at the Pallekelle International Stadium. On the first day, the IGP Pujith Senadhi Bandara Jayasundara will be the chief guest and both teams will be introduced to him. Pujith believes that sport helps to bring policemen and the public closer. Both of us at one time served in the FFSL Ex-Co.
The first match was played in 1893, with the Dharmaraja College team captained by the great educationist, later Sir Don Baron Jayathilake, who was the principal of Dharmaraja at that time. The Kingswood team was captained by A.E. Spencer, the match took place at the Bogambara Grounds .The first all-schoolboy Big Match was played in 1899 with J.C. de Mel captaining Dharmaraja and T.B. Marshall leading Kingswood. Out of the 110 matches Rajans have won 35 last being in 2015 and KIngswoodians have won 19 with rest being draws. The present coach of Rajans is Senaka , only double centurion in the series which was made in 1983.