Trinity College, Kandy and St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota will battle it out at the 99th encounter with the ‘Lions’ holding a clear edge and go all out for a win this time when both sides play on March 15 and 16 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The encounter was originally slated to be played today and tomorrow but was postponed due to the death of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter most Ven. Galagama Attadassi Thera on Wednesday.
The significant difference between the two sides is that Trinity is playing in Division I and the Antonians are in Division II.
Trinity is led by Sri Lanka youth cricketer Raveen Sayer and is one of the strongest outfits registering 10 wins on their way to this big one. They beat Royal, Ananda, DS Senanayke, Dharmaraja, St. Aloysius, St. Anthony’s Wattala, De Mazenod, St. Servatius, Bandaranayake MV and Dharmapala outright. Two of their batsmen have already reached the magical 1000-run mark this season–Dilan Jayalath and Nushan Weerasinghe. Trinity is the only school this season to have two players from the same outfit to reach that mark. All-rounder Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan another attacking player has already scored 986 runs and will be looking forward to reach this magical feat at this important encounter. They also have some solid bats such as Hasitha Boyagoda, Shavindu Amarasinghe, Tashila Dodanwela and skipper Raveen Sayer, both useful all-rounders, to support the front-liners in batting.
Their bowling line-up has two match winners with a spin attack which could prove to be difficult for the Antonians. Skipper Sayer (98) and Duvindu Thilakarante (99) are both closing on the magical 100-wicket mark. They also have Sri Lankan youth pacie Lahiru Kumara, and along with Rashmika Dilshan and Dodanwela could prove to be deadly.
Kanishka Ukgalpaya will lead the Antonians. He scored a brilliant unbeaten 167 this season and is a consistent player. They also have wicket-keeper batsman Mohamed Alfer being a useful player along with Theeksha Gunasinghe and all-rounder Kavindu Yapa Bandara and Dion Stouter who could pile up the score as well. Their bowlers will have a tough task containing the strong Trinity batting line-up.
Fast bowler Sandaruwan Dharmaratne, Kavindu Yapa Bandara and Dion Stouter will lead the bowling attack for the Katugastota lads. They beat Devananda, S.de S. Jayasinghe, St. Xavier’s and Sri Sumangala. They lost to S. Thomas’ Mount Lavinia, Royal Colombo, St. Joseph’s and Kalutara Vidyalaya.
Trinity is leading the series with 23 wins to Antonians 12. The last Trinity win was in 2012 under Nirsohan Dickwella. Antonians last won in 1992 under Umesh De Alwis. Highest scorer in the series is Antonian player A.C.M. Lafir 176 while the best bowling is by Trinitian Sudanga Fernando in 1999 when he took 10 for 38.
TRINITY (FROM): Raveen Sayer (Captain), Nushan Weerasinghe (Vice Capt), Duvindu Thilakaratne, Hasitha Boyagoda,Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan Lahiru Kumara, Dilan Jayalath, Tanka Chandaratne, Naveen Ekanayake, Mohamed Shoaib,Tashila Dodanwala, T Bhanugoban, Tyron Weerasuriya, Sachira Gaminda, Yasaran Pitawala,Shavindu Amarasinghe, Thisaru Rashmika, Bathiya Dissanayake, Tharanga Dahanayake, Hasintha Jayasuriya, Chanuka Bandara
ST. ANTHONY’S (FROM): Kanishka Ukgalpaya (Captain), Mohamed Alfer, Theeksha Gunasinghe, Virajith Jayasinghe, Dion Stouter, Romesh Premaratne, Lakjeeva Wijebandara, Sandaruwan Dharmaratne, Sunera Jayasinghe, Thamashana Abeykoon, Janindu Nimsara, Sateesh Wikcremaarachchi, Mokshana Wickremanayake, Kavindu Yapa Bandara, Dilanka Wijeratne Coach: Prasad Ranawaka, MIC: Lenin Jayasinghe.