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De Soysa Stadium

De Soysa Park Stadium (formerly known as Tyronne Fernando Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.[1][1]
It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 people and hosted its first Test match in 1992. The ground opened in 1940 and gained Test status in 1979. Moratuwa, located just eight miles (13 km) south of Colombo is renowned for its carpentry, cricket and its philanthropists. Indeed it was the most famous of these families that initiated the development of De Soysa Park Stadium, when they donated the 5 acre (20,000 sq m) plot of land to the Urban Council in 1940, to develop the Sports Complex. An additional 2 acres were sold under its market value by another member of the family. The ground was named De Soysa Park and subsequently used mainly for Moratuwa Sports Club (MSC) and school competitions.[2][3][4]


A. H. T. de Soysa

Albert Hildebrand Theodore de Soysa (14 March 1889 - 2 November 1959) was a Ceylonese entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the second son of Solomon Peter de Soysa (1854-1906), the Managing Director of the business concerns of cousin Sir Charles Henry de Soysa and Dora Caroline Weerasooriya.[5] He attended Trinity College, Kandy and went on to become its greatest benefactor by financing several building projects including the college hall.[6][7]

In 1940, de Soysa initiated the development of the De Soysa Park as a venue for sports and recreation by gifting a 5 acre (20,000 sq m) plot of land and purchasing an additional 2 acres. It was intended for cricket, other sports and public use. It was again de Soysa that assisted the call for putting up the first stadium/pavilion in 1952.[2][3] His other benefactions include the Ingiriya Hospital [2], the Gamini Central College and the Christ Church, Ingiriya (Kalutara District).[8][9] He was a recipient of the Distinguished Auxiliary Service Medal of The Salvation Army.

Club Presidents and other benefactors

The club, its presidents D. H. L. De Silva, Dr. H. I. Fernando and local MP Wimalasiri De Mel took a keen interest in developing it further. In 1979 Moratuwa received public funds from the then Deputy Foreign Minister, Tyronne Fernando. A stadium was built, which could accommodate approximately 16,000 spectators.

International matches

The first international team to play at the ground was the West Indians in 1979. The pitch has traditionally favoured the batsmen, but it can break up and the ball then has a tendency to keep low. The first Test match at the ground was against Australia on 8 September 1992. Allan Border made 106 and Ian Healy 71 as the visitors scored 337 in the first innings and controlled the match thereafter. However half centuries from Aravinda De Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne ensured a draw for the home side.

The most memorable of the four Test matches - they were all drawn - at the ground was the third, against South Africa. On the last day Jonty Rhodes defied Muttiah Muralitharan to score 101* and keep the series alive. Bangladesh played their first ever ODI match here against Pakistan in the 1986 Asia Cup.

In recent times the venue is mostly used for the foreign teams to play their side games and for Sebastianites to play their home matches in the domestic season. In recent times the wicket has become rather low in bounce, is conducive to spin, but is generally favourable to the batsmen. It is also the venue for the Battle of the Golds, the annual big-match between Prince of Wales' College and St. Sebastian's College.

International five-wicket hauls


daggerThe bowler was man of the match
double-dagger10 or more wickets taken in the match
Section-signOne of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
DateDay the Test started or ODI was held
InnInnings in which five-wicket haul was taken
OversNumber of overs bowled. 8 indicates that eight balls were bowled in each over.
RunsNumber of runs conceded
WktsNumber of wickets taken
EconRuns conceded per over
BatsmenBatsmen whose wickets were taken
ResultResult of the match


Five-wicket hauls in Test matches at Tyronne Fernando Stadium
No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing teamInnOversRunsWktsEconBatsmenResult
1Champaka Ramanayake8 September 1992 Sri Lanka Australia1318252.64Drawn[10]
2Allan Donald25 August 1993 South Africa Sri Lanka1286952.46Drawn[11]
3Muttiah Muralitharan25 August 1993 Sri Lanka South Africa23910452.66Drawn[11]


Five-wicket hauls in ODI matches at Tyronne Fernando Stadium
No.BowlerDateTeamOpposing teamInnOversRunsWktsEconBatsmenResult
1Shaul Karnain31 March 1984 Sri Lanka New Zealand282653.25Sri Lanka won[12]
2Sanath Jayasuriya20 March 1993 Sri Lanka England19.52962.94Sri Lanka won[13]

International Centuries

There has been five Test centuries scored at the venue.[14]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamDateResult
1153Roshan Mahanama Sri Lanka 297 New Zealand27 November 1992Drawn
2131Arjuna Ranatunga Sri Lanka 140 South Africa25 August 1993Drawn
3106Allan Border Australia 169 Sri Lanka8 September 1992Drawn
4105Ken Rutherford New Zealand 107 Sri Lanka27 November 1992Drawn
5101*Jonty Rhodes South Africa 107 Sri Lanka25 August 1993Drawn

See also


  1. ^ Ferreira, Annesley. "Moratuwa Stadium back to De Soysa". Sunday Times. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b de Mel, Vernon. "Birth of De Soysa Park and Moratuwa Sports Club" (PDF). The Island. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Colombage, Dinouk. "Protests as Tyronne Fernando Stadium Closed to Public". The Sunday Leader. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ Wijesinghe, Mahinda. "Cricket board shouldn't grant matches to Moratuwa". The Island. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ Wright, Arnold. Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon. Lloyd's Greater Britain Publishing Company. pp. 659–61. ISBN 978-8120613355.
  6. ^ Trinity College in its 147th year! (Official Website), Retrieved 3 December 2014
  7. ^ Albert Hildebrand Theodore De Soysa – 130th birth anniversary of one of Trinity’s great benefactors (Official Website), Retrieved 3 April 2019
  8. ^ "Ingiriya Church". Ingiriya Articles. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Christ Church, Ingiriya". Diocese of Colombo. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  10. ^ "3rd Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Moratuwa, Sep 8-13, 1992 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b "1st Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Moratuwa, Aug 25-30, 1993 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Moratuwa, Mar 31, 1984 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ "2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v England at Moratuwa, Mar 20, 1993 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Batting records". Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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