cricket as Trinity clash with St. Anthony's
By Aubrey Kuruppu
Given the safety-first methods employed by most school teams, one
cannot really look forward to vibrant, exhilarating cricket when
Trinity and St. Anthony's clash for the 87th time at Katugastota
on the March 7 and 8.
around eight hours against Kingswood, and the Anthonians fell a
little short of that staggering, monumental effort in their match
against the Josephians. Thus it would seem out of character for
both teams to change their approach almost overnight. Victories
don't come on a platter. Teams have to work towards them and the
batting resources of both sides outstripping the bowling, one cannot
in all honesty look forward to a decision.
leads a Trinity side most of whose members will be available next
year, too. A fluent stroker of the ball when in form, Fernando has
exceeded the 400 run mark and gone past 50 thrice. He has another
string to his bow. He is a purveyor of useful medium pace.
came good in the latter part of the season with double and single
hundreds against Kingswood and St. Sebastian's respectively. However
his aggregate is in the five hundreds. Hasantha Mendis has made
up for his felling lack of success with the ball by making some
lusty contributions with the bat.
not quite made the runs expected of him. He has been among the wickets
with his gentle medium pace. Avanka Peiris has contributed his fair
share of runs. He also bowls medium pace. Stumper Panchihewa, though
surffering the occasional lapse in concentration, has performed
impressively behind the stumps, though his contributions in front
of them have been inadequate.
has chipped in with useful contributions in the games he has played.
He is obviously one for the future. Left arm medium pacie Muneer
adds a new dimension to the attack - the Trinitians could, with
advantage, plan their attack around him.
(off spin) together with Ariyaratne and Udumulla (leg spin) complete
the attack. The emphasis one suspects will be on medium pace. The
Trinitians have played eleven games and recorded first innings wins
on three occasions as against four first innings losses.
led by Nipuna Ratnayake look a slightly stronger all round combination
than their opponents. The skipper has not been in good touch, but
his paucity of runs has been amply compensated for by the dazzling
success of Tyronne de Silva (915 runs) and opener Mohamed Rizlan
(831 runs). The experienced de Silva has made two centuries and
four 50s. He was a thorn in Trinity flesh last year and a repeat
performance can be expected from him.
methods at the top have been a revelation. Three hundreds and five
fifties testify to their efficacy. The run-scoring abilities of
Ariyaratne, Ekanayake, Withanage, Rikaz and Pinnaduwa should make
for a healthy run-bank. However the Anthonians would do well to
remember their ignominious batting effort against Royal.
The Trinitians last won in 1986, courtesy an overly generous declaration
by Anthonian skipper Rienzie Perera. The Anthonians did so more
recently when they had a spin wizard in thier ranks.
For those interested
in statistics (and damned lies!!), Trinity's tally stands at 22
wins, that of St. Anthony's at 11 and 53 games have been drawn.
Trinity (From): Clifford Fernando (Capt.), Chamira Punchihewa, Avanka
Pieris, Hasantha Mendis, Maduranga Munaweera, Sisitha Jayasinghe,
Mohamed Muneer, Ishan Ratnayake, Asiri Udumulla, Charith Dumbarange,
Sachith Pathirana, Indika Ponnamperuma, Asiri Ariyaratne, Shevan
Wickremanayake (Coach - M. Muthalib).
(From): Nipuna Ratnayake (Capt.), Tyronne de Silva, Ashan Ariyaratne,
Priyantha Ekanayake, Mohamed Rushi, Mohamed Rizlan, Kasun Nadiwela,
Sajith Pinnaduwa, Priyan Vithanage, M. Rikaz, M. Shakeel, Dhanuska
Bandaranayake, Neville Edirisinghe, Jude Fernando, Chamara Perera
(Coach - Gamini Debehapauwe).
better equipped to pull off a win over Rajans
Forty five years is a long time. That is what Kingswood have to
look back at when talking of their last win in a big match. Maurice
Fernando's 1958 side was the last team from Randles Hill that was
able to land it over the Lads from Lake View.
What of the scenario in 2003? The 97th encounter begins at the Asgiriya
Stadium next Friday and Kingswood seem better equipped to pull off
a win (if such a thing is at all possible).
a batting line up that runs fairly deep. Left hander Molinda Wattegedera,
a Under-19 trialist, leads the side. He has passed the 700 run mark,
with a century to boot. Kingswood's last visit to Asgiriya was a
frightening experience and if they are to do well this time round,
they will have to exercise a few demons.
Experienced Muditha Wijekoon captains the side. As an opener he
has performed well, made a hundred and several other good contributions.
The Rajans no doubt will be hoping for big deeds from their leading
Chandratilleka bats impressively. He made hundreds off the Nalanda
and Sri Sumangala attacks. Chamara Kapugedera has a top score of
85 and is currently in good luck. Long innings are played by batsmen
who curb their impetuosity and Kapugedera would be well advised
to take note of that.
heads a Dharmaraja pace attack that could well be found wanting
on this placid Asgiriya strip. Kapugedera and Weerasuriya, two recent
converts to the faith, will be his allies. One suspects that the
Rajans will have a heavy work load. Left armer Amal Ekanayake (a
match-winner against Maliyadeva) and off spinner Maduka Rajapakse
carry their hopes.
A good batting
track and a fast outfield will make for a high-scoring match. Most
likely, the number of drawn games would have gone up to 46 by Saturday
evening. Incidentally, the Rajans lead the series with 31 wins as
against 19 by Kingswood. The Rajans last won in 1981 under Janaka
(from): Muditha Wijekoon (Capt.), Mahes Weerasuriya, Jayampathy
Chandratilleka, Chamara Kapugedera, Amal Ekanayake, Kelum Ariyadasa,
Upesh Wijesiri, Eranda Abeysinghe, Upul Karunarathne, Maduka Rajapakse,
Gayan Wijetilleka, Asanga Samarakoon, Gayan Nadunge. (Coach-Ananda
Kingswood (from): Milinda Wattegedera (Capt.), Rachitha Liyanage,
Waruna Dharmaratne, Hirantha Pallegedera, Rajitha Ariyadasa, Iruka
Weeraratne, Sumudu Wijesinghe, Hemal Kumarage, Asiri Amerasinghe,
Niroshan Perera, Minimuthu Dissanayake, Gihan Ekanayake, Chathuranga
Samarakoon. (Coach- H.N.T. Gamage).-AK
The Nationalised Services Table Tennis Association will be conducting
their annual awards ceremony on March 7, 2003 at the Sea View Hotel,
Kollupitiya at 6.30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the winner
and runner up team members of the league tournament of the nine
events that were conducted last year.
is sponsored by the People’s Bank and the chief guest will
be Mr. T. Karunasena, Deputy General Manager, Establishment and
Human Resources, People's Bank.-MSA
Black and Gold triangular on March 4
The second Black and Gold triangular cricket tournament organised
by the Cricket Development Foundation of D.S. Senanayake College
will begin on March 4 2003. The three schools that will be particiating
this year are DSS, Thurstan and St Joseph's. The triangular is sponsored
by Dialog GSM who are making immense contribution towards the upliftment
of sports in Sri Lanka.
matches at P. Sara Stadium are March 4 - Thurstan vs DSS at R. Premadasa
Stadium. March 5 - Thurstan vs St Joseph's at R. Premadasa Stadium.
March 6 - DSS vs St Joseph's at P. Sara Stadium. March 11 - Finals
at R. Premadasa Stadium. DSS emerged champions at the inaugural
tournament last year when they defeated St Peter's in a thrilling