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Trinity – St. Anthony’s 93rd Battle Of The “Blues”

Trinity and St. Anthony’s will play their 93rd big match known as the  “Battle of the Blues” on March 12 and 13, at the Asgiriya Stadium.  Cricket is expected to be of a very high standard with both sides well balanced.  This is one of the most looked forward to cricketing encounters between these two schools, who are rivals at cricket for the last 93 years. Trinity last won the big match in 1986, under the leadership of Thushara Weerasuriya, this win came after 35 years, at Katugastota, The seven wicket win came due to the sporty declaration of Antonian skipper Rienzie Perera, a classy leader who threw the game open.  Antonians last win was in 1992 under Umesh de Alwis. The Trinitians have won on 22 occasions to the Antonians 13.

Trinity this time has done extremely well, and have won six games, and the best was when they beat S. Thomas’ Mt. Lavinia after 17 long years.

Trinity led by Mohamed Sajjid, a fine batsmen with an array of strokes, will spearhead his team and is expected to give a good display with the bat.  Deputy skipper Kithmal Wimalaweera is also a good bat. Then they have their last year’s skipper Rushan Jaleel, a Sri Lanka Youth player, but sad to say they will miss their star bowler Akila Jayasundara who is not playing due to a back injury. His absence will be badly felt. Others who are expected to do well are Shameera Wijesuriya, Suresh Wickrema, Niroshan Dickwella, Keheliya Athugoda, Janishka Premasinghe, and Amail Anaz another fine bowler.

Antonians   led by Dulash Kumarasinghe who is a good bat  will look forward to good contributions from Adil Reyal, Hiran Wickremasekara, Yohan Woods, Manoj Sarachandra, Erando Senevirathne, Aravinda Premaratne, Kanishka Ranaraja, Tharaka Jayasinghe, and E. Senevirathne.

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