“Merrill J. Fernando Challange Trophy” the Annual Cricket Match for the Visually Handicapped took place on the 6th of May 2010 at the NCC Cricket Stadium this year too played between the School for the Deaf and Blind – Monaragala vs Rajarata Jayaviru Sevana – Anuradhapura.
This annual event that coincides with the Settlor’s birthday is considered a special event by the Students of the Deaf & Blind School – Monaragala.
The teams were invited by the MJF Charitable Foundation this year too along with their supports to take part in this event.
You will see in the attached photos the Monaraga team attired in Green and the Anuradhapura in Black.
Whilst compeering was handled by a Student and the Principal of the School Umpiring and Scoring were done by professionals qualified in Cricket for the Visaually Handicapped appointed by the Federation of the Visually Handicapped.
The Match was won by the Deaf & Blind School – Monaragala for the 3rd consercutive time and they inharrited the Challenge Trophy this year. The award ceremoney began with the differently abled children singing “Happy Birthday to the Settlor”.
Best Player B1 was won by Deshapriya, Best Player B2 was won by …… and the Best Player for B3 was won by Manuka from the Monaragala team.
The winners walked away not only with lots of gifts and sports items but also a Schol for the Captain Deshapriya who have entered the University (the 1st ever student to enter the University from this School) from the MJF Charitable Foundation, whilst the Anuradhapura team walked aways with consolation prices for the entire team.