Battle of the North (cricket match)

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Battle of the North
Sport Cricket
Timeline 1904 – present
Tournament format Annual 3 day cricket match
Participants Jaffna Central College
St. John's College, Jaffna
Current champion St. John's
Most successful Jaffna Central
Most consecutive wins St. John's

The Battle of the North is an annual cricket match played between Jaffna Central College and St. John's College, Jaffna, two schools in northern Sri Lanka.[1][2] The first match took place in 1904. The match is also known as the Battle of the Blues and is played over three days.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

The first Battle of the North took place in 1904.[6][7] No matches were played in 1948, 1961, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 1997.[7][8] The 1967 match was abandoned due to bad weather.[7][8][9] The schools played two matches in 1904, 1908, 1909, 1918, 1919, 1921 and 1922.[10] Central won the 1904 match but it wasn't until 1908 that St. John's won a match.[7][8]

Notable players[edit]

Results[edit]

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No. Dates Venue Toss Result Margin Refs
1st 1904 Central win
2nd 1904 Central win
3rd 1905
4th 1906 Central win
5th 1907 Draw
6th 1908 St. John's win
7th 1908 St. John's win
8th 1909 St. John's win
9th 1909 Central win
10th 1910 St. John's win
11th 1911
12th 1912
13th 1913
14th 1914
15th 1915 St. John's win
16th 1916 Draw
17th 1917 Central win
18th 1917 Central win
19th 1918 Draw
20th 1918 Central win
21st 1919 Draw
22nd 1920 Central win
23rd 1921 St. John's win
24th 1921 St. John's win
25th 1922 St. John's win
26th 1922 St. John's win
27th 1923 Central win
28th 1924 Draw
29th 1925
30th 1926 St. John's win
31st 1927
32nd 1928 St. John's win
33rd 1929 St. John's win
34th 1930 St. John's win
35th 1931 St. John's win
36th 1932 St. John's win
37th 1933 Central win
38th 1934 St. John's win
39th 1935 Central win
40th 1936 Central win
41st 1937 St. John's win
42nd 1938 St. John's win
43rd 1939 Central win
44th 1940 Central win
45th 1941 St. John's win
46th 1942 St. John's win
47th 1943 St. John's win
48th 1944 St. John's win
49th 1945 St. John's win
50th 1946 St. John's win
51st 1947 St. John's win
1948 Not played
52nd 1949 Central win
53rd 1950 St. John's win 5 wickets
54th 1951 Central win 7 runs
55th 1952 St. John's win 2 wickets
56th 1953 Central win
57th 1954 Central win 3 wickets
58th 1955 Draw
59th 1956 Draw
60th 1957 Draw
61st 1958 St. John's win An innings and 21 runs
62nd 1959 St. John's win 8 wickets
63rd 1960 Central win 73 runs
1961 Not played
64th 1962 Draw
65th 1963 Draw
66th 1964 Draw
67th 1965 St. John's win 8 wickets
68th 1966 Draw
69th 1967 Abandoned
70th 1968 St. John's win An innings and 4 runs
71st 1969 Draw
72nd 1970 Central win An innings and 4 runs
73rd 1971 Draw
74th 1972 Draw
75th 1973 Draw
76th 1974 Draw
77th 1975 Draw
78th 1976 Draw
79th 1977 Draw
80th 1978 Draw
81st 1979 Draw
82nd 1980 Draw
83rd 1981 Draw
84th 1982 Draw
85th 1983 Draw
86th 1984 Draw
1985 Not played
1986 Not played
1987 Not played
1988 Not played
1989 Not played
87th 1990 St. John's win An innings and 26 runs
1991 Not played
88th 1992 Draw
89th 1993 Draw
90th 1994 Central win 7 wickets
91st 1995 Draw
1996 Not played
1997 Not played
92nd 1998 Central ground Draw [11]
93rd 20 March 1999 - 21 March 1999 Central ground Draw [12]
94th 2000 Draw
95th 2001 Draw
96th 2002 Central win 6 wickets
97th 2003 Draw
98th 18 March 2004 - 20 March 2004 Abandoned - St. John's win
99th 17 March 2005 - 19 March 2005 Central ground Draw [13]
100th 9 March 2006 - 11 March 2006 Central ground Draw [14][15]
101st 15 March 2007 - 17 March 2007 Central ground Central win 10 wickets [16]
102nd 24 April 2008 - 25 April 2008 Central ground Central win An innings and 133 runs [17][18]
103rd 26 February 2009 - 28 February 2009 Central ground St. John won the toss and elected to field Central win 222 runs [19][20]
104th 25 February 2010 - 27 February 2010 Central ground Central win 4 wickets [21][22][23]
105th 10 March 2011 - 11 March 2011 Central ground Central won the toss and elected to field Central win 2 wickets [24][25][26][27]
106th 8 March 2012 - 10 March 2012 Central ground Central won the toss and elected to bat Draw [28][29][30][31][32]
107th 14 March 2013 - 16 March 2013 Central ground Central won the toss and elected to field Draw [33][34][35]
108th 13 March 2014 - 15 March 2014 Central ground Abandoned - St. John's win [36][37]
109th 5 March 2015 - 7 March 2015 Central ground St. John's win 84 runs [38][39][40]
110th 10 March 2016 - 12 March 2016 Central ground Central won the toss and elected to bat Draw [41][42][43]

Limited over match[edit]

The two schools have also played an annual 50 over match since 2003.

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No. Dates Venue Toss Result Margin Refs
1st 18 March 2003 Central ground St. John's win 52 runs[a]
2nd 25 March 2004 Central ground St. John's win 57 runs
3rd 2005 Central ground St. John's win 3 wickets
4th 2006 Central ground St. John win Parabola system
5th 2007 Central ground Central win 6 wickets
6th 2008 Central ground Central win 1 wicket
7th 2009 Central ground Central win 88 runs
8th 2010 Central ground Central won the toss and elected to bat Central win 155 runs [45]
9th 19 March 2011 St. John's ground St. John's win 5 wickets [46]
10th 17 March 2012 St. John's ground Central won the toss and elected to bat Central win 62 runs[b] [48][49]
11th 23 March 2013 St. John's ground St. John's won the toss and elected to field Central win 34 runs [50][51]
12th 5 April 2014 St. John's ground St. John's won the toss and elected to bat St. John's win 139 runs [52]
13th 14 March 2015 Central win [53]
14th 19 March 2016 St. John's ground [54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Another source states that St. John's won by 44 runs.[44]
  2. ^ Another source states that Central won by 65 runs.[47]

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