St. Anthony’s beat Trinity by innings with hours spare in 1990.

The 100th  Kandy’s Battle of the Blues is on, and   Saturday is the second day, on Friday it was nice to see  some of the old boys from both schools who live overseas  at the match .One of the finest cricketer to be  produced by St. Anthony’s College Katugastota, Merryl Dunuwille who is now in the USA has donated cash awards. Merryl was a fine cricketer during his days and the man who  scored a century as a fresher in 1970s  big match 106 runs, which  was the  first  century at the newly-laid  turf wicket at Katugastota .  Merryl won the “Eagle” for four consecutive years.   In 1950s, Trinitian John Halangoda moved from his school to Katugastota school as a coach, then in the 1980s  Antonian Merryl  Dunuwille moved to Asigirya to coach Trinity.

The Trinity–Antonian Cricket Encounter known as The Hill Country Battle of the Blues is one of the most looked-forward annual school cricket match,  since 1914. This encounter is being played for the John Halangoda Memorial Trophy..  Their first Big Match was played in 1914 at the Bogambara Grounds, in which the Antonians won.In the following year, Antonians won the second encounter under R. Ondaatjie.

And the 74th encounter was a memorable one for the Antonains.  In this encounter, Antonians duly completed their demolition of Trinity by an innings and 66 runs win with hours to spare. In this game,  Katugstota boys  bowled out the Asgiriya boys for 98 and 54 runs and the Antonians  hit up  218 for 3 .

For Trinity in the first innings, only batsmen who did well was their skipper Suren Jayasinghe. Spinner Piyal Wijetunge mesmerized Trinitians into submission.  Baring  skipper Suren Jayasinghe, played well for his 48 in trying circumstances the other batsmen had no batting display due  to Piyal  Wijetunge’s  bowling, last eight wicket fell for just 31 runs. The other batsman who scored was Thusitha Ballale 24.  The first wicket fell at 0, that was K. Rajendran and last at 98 of Shah Narendran. In bowling, Asela Heareth l for 15, Daminda Kolugola 1 for 6, Muthiah Muralitharan 1 for 42 and Piya Wijetunge 7 for 26.

Antonians in their innings, started well, with a 134 runs second wicket stand between Sajith Fernando and Nuwan Kalpage. The latter reached his 1000 runs in the course of his stylish century. Sajith Fernando batted fluently and gave  skipper  Umesh de Alwis a good  support . Trinitians   were in trouble again and were bundled out for 54 runs in 34.3 overs.  So, the Antonains duly completed their demolition of Trinity by an innings and 66 runs