Trinity cries out for more consistency
Trinity’s multitude of old boys and supporters are crying out for a couple of players to take the load of their skippers shoulders. At the moment he seems to be taking on two much responsibility while some others seem to be looking in his glory.
It wouldn’t be wide off the mark to say that Sachith Pathirana is one of the most (if not the most) experienced cricketers in the schools. Having represented the country at under 15, 17 and 19 levels, and having a few years of club cricket too, Pathirana is set to become the finished article. However there is a slight question of temperament. An aggressive left hander, he tries to dominate from the first ball. As a left arm spinner, his close to the 50 wicket mark. Bowling with the new ball is an unnecessary indulgence.
Vice Captain Arinda Bulunawewa, a hard hitting bat and left arm spinner has to make bigger contributions especially with the willow - Romesh Perera has been the other success story for the Asgiriya lads. He has been among the wickets consistently and had a five wicket haul last week against Kingswood. He has made useful contributions with the bat.
Stumper cum number three bat Ailan Gangoda has been disappointing. He started off with a sixty, but the runs dried up thereafter. Derek Joachim, a solid left hander with a penchant for the on drive, entered the thirties regularly early on, but he too seems to have developed a stutter. Second year player Wasika Munasinghe has not come good.
Rajitha Bandara and Suresh Wickrema are left arm and right arm medium pacers. They haven’t had a telling impact as yet. Tiny Roshan Jaleel, an off spinner and competent batsman is another from whom big deeds are expected.
Bryan Perera, Tremon Vangramberg, Trevine Ratnayake, Malinda Dunuwilla and T.Niroshan are some of the others in the squad. Sanka Auwardt, a second year player, who gave some games a miss, is back in the side and should add weight to the batting.
Trinity led Sri Rahula, Vidyartha and Kingswood on the first innings, while the Sylvestrians led them on the first innings. Their matches against St. Peters and Ananda were rain interrupted.
The Ananda match showed what could happen if Pathirana got out of the way quickly. That is why the rest of the batsmen have to chip in, with some big games coming up next term.
H.M. Merthalib continues to coach the side while Nimal Dissanaike is the affable master-in-charge. - AK