Trinity–Antonian Cricket Encounter

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Trinity-Antonian Cricket Encounter
Sport Cricket
Timeline 1914 – present
Tournament format Annual 2-day test match encounter
Participants TCKIMAGE.jpgTrinity College, Kandy
St Anthony's College Logo2.pngSt. Anthony's College, Kandy
Current champion Trinity College (2012)
Most successful Trinity College 23
St. Anthony's College 11
Draw 61[1]

Trinity–Antonian Cricket Encounter (known as Kandy's Battle of the Blues) is the annual school cricket match (Big Match) played between Trinity College, Kandy and St. Anthony's College, Kandy played since 1914. It is considered as one of the oldest annual school cricket encounters in Sri Lanka.[2] This encounter is being played for the John Halangoda Memorial Trophy and it is awarded to the team who manages to win the match by means of an outright win or at least a first innings win. The winner of the limited over cricket encounter, usually played a week after the 2-day match, will be awarded the Sir Richard Aluwihare Trophy.


The first encounter was played on the Bogambara Grounds in March 1914; the Antonians won. Trinity won the next match, and a long-contested series has followed.[3]

1918 to 1929 during the World War I St. Anthony's College premises including practice pitches and playing-fields were occupied by British Army. As a result Antonian cricket deprived and they had lost to Trinity for 11 times consecutively.If Antoian premises not occupied by British Army Antonian can easily win those matches.Because in that period anthony's has brilliant players like Jack Anderson.But antonians doesn't have a ground to practice.[4] The period 1929-1947 was inauspicious for the Antonians, especially the post-war period. Trinity during that time had in C. Dharmalingam a left-arm bowler who for two consecutive years nagged the Antonians with his left-arm spin, in (1938) he took 9 for 14 and in (1939) had the figures of 6 for 17 and 6 for 31 inclusive of a double hat-trick, a world record.

Then there was T. B. Werapitiya with scores of 100 in (1943) and 143 in (1944) the highest score made by a Trinitian. Meanwhile the Antonians getting back their premises, with facilities restored and having the services of a renowned cricket coach in Mr. John Halangoda came back fighting and in 1947 the Antonians nearly humbled the Trinitians at Asgiriya. Unusually, the strong Trinity batting line-up crumbled under the spin bowling of Dicky Dunuwille, the Antonian mystery bowler who was later responsible in changing the fortunes of Antonian cricket. Antonians however lost the match by 68 runs due to a spectacular performance in good fielding where seven close-in-catches were grabbed by Trinity's Clarence Senanayake to dismiss the Antonians.

The Antonians won the very next encounter (1948) at Katugastota where Dicky Dunuwilla taking 6 for 10 once again mesmerized the Trinitians and the Antonians since then have not looked back. During the period 1947-1997 Trinity has registered four wins as against the Antonian tally of eight wins. Most Antonian victories (11) in the series have been registered during the period.

A disagreement between the two schools, regarding the age rule resulted in the cancellation of the match in 1956 and 1957.[5] Also, in 2001 the match did not play as the Trinity stopped playing mid way during that season due to disciplinary reasons.[6]

Notable persons who have played[edit]

Past Records[edit]

Notable performances[edit]

Name School Record Year
Jack Anderson SACK Scored 111 runs-First Century of the Series 1918
A.C.M. Laffir SACK Highest Individual score of 176 runs 1954
A.C.M. Laffir and Ronnie Stevens SACK Record Opening Stand of 266 runs A.C.M. Laffir (176) & Ronnie Stevens (120) 1954
N/A TCK Lowest Total 37 runs 1951
N/A SACK Lowest Total 44 runs 1938
C. Dharmalingam TCK Double Hat-trick[13] 1939
Lalith Ramanayake TCK Fastest century scored 100 runs in just 72 minutes 1970
Meril Dunuwille SACK First century at SACK grounds 1970

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