The University College Cricket Team 1938/39

Seated l-to-rt:  WA Wijesingha, CH Fernando (Vice-Capt), Professor Robert Marrs, E. Felix Dias Abeysingha (Capt), P. Roberts, M. Sivanathan

Standing l-to-rt: RJL Fernando, S. Coomaraswamy, L. Arndt, T Appadurai, B. La Brooy, D. Kannangara, MG Andree. R.joseph. A. Rajakaruna

This important memento should be placed alongside n even more impressive grouping at the same setting: namely, the dons of the 1930s era backing Professor Marrs in sustaining University College’s intellectual progress

The Second World War would have curtailed the cricketing progress of that squad; but Sathi Coomaraswamy sustained his skills and was an important cog in the Ceylon teams of the late 1940s.

I welcome information on the subsequent careers of the rest — other than the Vice-Captain (my brother in law whose treasured possession is now mine) and Felix Dias Abeysingha who became a widely respected CCS man and Elections Commissioner …. and who sustained a lifelong  friendship with my brother-in-law and my sister Estelle.

The wonderful art of reproduction: the Aloysian Johnny de Silva betters the Royalist Eardley Lieversz in refining Dushy Perera’s  mobile phone photo of the framed photograph. 

When the south overpowers the hegemonic centre of Colombo (and the HEGEMON within Colombo), we know Sri Lanka is progressing …. via Australia mind you!

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