Text and Pix. by
Rukshan Razak, Kandy Corr.
St. Anthony’s College cricket team
It’s time for play and entertainment as the ‘Big Match’ gala
rocks the city. The hills will experience a carnival atmosphere
when the grand event, the ‘Big Match’ between the two oldest
schools in the hills takes place. Trinity-St. Anthony’s Battle
of the Blues will take pride of place when the Lions and the
Eagles square off in their 90th meeting at Katugastota today and
Trinity College cricket team
The past records show that the Antonions have dominated the
series in the later part of their meetings. Yet Trinity
continues to dominate the series overall. The Trinitians have
the honour of triumphing in 22 outings against 11 by Antonians
with 56 draws, in this series, which runs down to the year 1918.
The Antonians are the last to record a victory. They won in
1992 under Umesh De Alwis, while the last success of the
Trinitians runs two decades behind to 1986 under Thushara
This year it is expected to be a keenly contested meeting as
both teams are evenly poised. They will battle for John
Halangoda Memorial Trophy which was introduced last year in the
89th battle to make the 150th Anniversary Celebration of St.
Anthony’s College. Late Mr. Halangoda was a distinguished old
boy of St. Anthony’s College and a member of the Trinity staff
and had been their much loved cricket coach.
Prolific all-rounder Charitha Dumbarage will lead Trinity. So
far he has excelled in both departments of the game. Right hand
bat Charitha has aggregated over 600 runs. Sacith Pathirana, his
deputy, is the only schoolboy cricketer from hills who
represented Sri Lanka Under-19 team at the World Cup. He is a
fine all-rounder who can turn a game especially with some
aggressive knocks. The area where he is specialized is his left
arm orthodox spin bowling. Apart from these two there are also
some experienced lads who are capable of delivering the goods.
The Ratnayake duo; Santhush and Sampath, though haven’t
performed to their potential, could be dangerous at times. The
explosive but elegant stroke player Sazeer Mohamed is the other
Trinitian to watch. Dilan Gangoda is expected to continue the
good work that he has been doing behind the wickets and as a top
order batsman. Arinda Bulanawewa, Chamika Kaluarachchi Romesh
Perera, Sanka Auwardt are also some key contenders in the
The pace attack of the Trinitians will be in the experienced
hands of Sazeer Mohamed, Rajitha Bandara and Chamika
The team will be more dependant on a cluster of spinners,
namely skipper Charitha Dumbarage, Sachith Pathirana, Sampath
Ratnayake, Arinda Bulanawewa and Lasith Jayathilake.
St. Anthony’s College is led by Shameer Munaz who is an
all-rounder. He is capable of turning matches with his breezy
knocks and his right arm off cutters. His deputy Selwyn Jamion
is a very good striker of the ball and equally productive with
his right arm medium pace bowling. Promodth Fernando is another
all-rounder. Peter Samarakoon who is expected to open the attack
along with Jemion is a useful batsman who has also made some
match winning knocks. Harshana Medagoda, a dependable batsman
and Gimhan Dissanayake, the opener have loads of responsibility
on their shoulders. The latter also keeps wickets. Jerome
Siogortsz, Adil Riyal and Malindu Perera are the other top
The spin attack of the Antonian camp comprises Shameer Munaz,
Promodth Fernando, Adil Riyal Eranda Hewapathirana, Mlinda
Ranasinghe and Harshana Medagoda.
Trinity-Antonian at a glance
Trinity 22 wins
St. Anthony’s 11 wins
St. Anthony’s in 1992 — Under the captaincy of Umesh De Alwis
Trinity in 1986 — Under the captaincy of Thushara Weerasuriya.
Best batting stand 266 between ACM Lafir (176) and Ronad
Sterens (120) for St. Anthony’s in 1954.