St. John’s pits its wits against David Cameron’s, Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s Alma Mater!
Throughout its history, Eton College, England, founded in 1440 has been one of the leading independent schools in the UK that provides a stimulating all-round education, coupled with academic excellence to around 1,300 pupils.
St. John’s College and Central College are known to most people for the annual Big Match – the Battle of the North Encounter held every year. Similarly, Eton cricket is known to most people for the annual Eton versus Harrow match at Lord’s with a history longer than any other cricket match, dating back to 1805.
In the past few years there have been winter tours to Australia and the Caribbean. This year, two cricket teams from Eton decided to come to Sri Lanka. They played against S.Thomas’ College, Trinity College, Colombo Cricket Academy, Richmond College and a few other schools. They have had their fair share of wins and losses.
The Media Club of St. John’s College interviewed Sam White and Milo Dundas, two players from the team. They said, ‘We have been playing against some very good teams. It has been a challenging tour because of all the great spin bowling we have seen. We are a very good cricketing school in England but all the defeats that we have encountered here show how good the Sri Lankan teams are!’
When asked the reason for deciding to tour Sri Lanka, they quipped, ‘We wanted to look at Sri Lanka and all the historical places of importance here. It has been an exciting opportunity for us. We like Sri Lanka. We have been very much taken aback by the hospitality shown by the people who are very friendly.’
The U19 team from Eton played a 35 over match against the First XI team of St. John’s on 09.01.2016. Eton batted first and scored 129 all out. St. John’s in reply scored 130/5 and won by five wickets. The Johnnian Captain was awarded ‘Man of the Match.’
In remembrance of the visit of Eton to St. John’s, mementos were presented to the team.
St. John’s thanks the fraternity of Eton College, especially the Headmaster, Mr.Simon Henderson, for sending the teams to Sri Lanka.
The important thing is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. To have played against the school that produced David Cameron, Prince William and Prince Harry and to have established a link with this school matters most. The Reverend Joseph Knight founded St. John’s College in 1823. May this link established about two hundred years ago bloom with the Connecting Classroom Programme that was initiated by the British Council (under which St. John’s has two partner schools in Northern Ireland, Castle Tower High School and Victoria College) and blossom with this limited over match.