Festival of Cricket – UK celebrated its 22nd year as the biggest annual gathering of Sri Lankans and their friends in the UK and Europe.
All present at the festival had a day of fun and excitement with their friends and families, watching homegrown excellent cricketing talent. Teams from 25 Sri Lankan Old Boys’ Associations (OBA) played a limited-over knockout tournament on 3 pitches simultaneously, creating an atmosphere of inter-school 'Big Match' rivalry, as in Sri Lanka. Alongside the boundary lines were cheering enthusiastic supporters, youngsters dancing and singing to live band music, picnickers relaxing in the lovely summers day whilst tasting varieties of Sri Lankan and International food, and face-painting and entertainment on offer for children too.
Maris Stella College OBA-UK team was crowned Champions of the Festival of Cricket tournament for the first time and received the 'OBA Challenge Trophy' whilst, St. Benedict’s College OBA-UK, were the runners-up.
Nalanda OBA-UK won the Plate and the runners-up were Richmond College OBA-UK. Man of the Tournament award was won by Ranga Dias of Maris Stella OBA-UK and Best Batsman Award was won by Benedictine Carman Mapatuna. Maris Stella OBA-UK was named the Team of the Tournament too.
Eransha Fernandopulle (C), Charm Jayasinghe, Amal Weerasinghe, Supun Kurukulasuriya, Ishan Mutaliph, Chaminda De Silva, Dammika Gunawardena, Sandun Dias, Ranga Dias and Charles Fernando played for the Maris Stella OBA-UK historic winning team.
There were many prizes and surprises at the event. FOC Grand Charity that annually helps National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka, and Cancer Research UK, raffled and auctioned SriLankan Airline return tickets to Sri Lanka and more gifts from other donors.
The Chief Guest was His Excellency Justice Nihal Jayasinghe, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the UK. Other eminent guests were the Chairman of Bank of Ceylon, Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe, Mr. Cyril Madadeniya, the Country Manager Bank of Ceylon – London, The Chief Executive Officer of SM Call Dialog, Mr Sam Seinthan, the Country Manager UK and Ireland for SriLankan Air-Lines, Mr. Chanaka Olagama, and Mayoress of London Borough of Enfield Councillor Ms. Jayne Buckland and Chief Superintendent of Police David Tucker Commander for London Borough of Enfield. Mr. Chaminda Vaas and Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya MP also made appearances and took part in the presentation ceremony of FoC 2010.
The main Sponsor was the Bank of Ceylon, and the co-sponsor were SM Call Dialog and SriLankan Airlines whilst Sri Lanka Tourist Board was the other sponsor.
The FoC 2010 President Mr Azahim Mohamed together with the Festival of Cricket Executive Committee 2010, send their grateful thanks to one and all who supported and attended the 22nd Annual Festival of Cricket, for their efforts to make the event a great success. The Festival of Cricket Executive Committee also extend a warm welcome to all Sri Lankans to get together in unity and friendship to enjoy our much loved game of Cricket in years to come!