THE TRINITY-ANTONIAN LIMITED OVERS SERIES IN NUMBERS

THE TRINITY-ANTONIAN LIMITED OVERS SERIES IN NUMBERS

by Afzal Laphir

The Trinity-Antonian limited-over Cricket Encounter for the Sir Richard Aluvihare Trophy will be played for the 42nd time on Saturday, 23rd March 2024 at Katugastota. This will be the first game at Katugastota since 2018, as  Asgiriya hosted on the last three occasions, by the Antonians relinquishing their hosting rights in 2022 as a goodwill gesture to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of Trinity College. The teams will be led by Thisara Ekanayake (SACK) and Manula Kularatne (TCK).

This limited-over series commenced in 1980 at Asgiriya, under the captaincy of Angelo Leanage (SACK) and former national star Ravi Ratnayake (TCK) and has continued as an annual fixture over the last four decades except in 2001, 2020 and 2021. Out of the 41 matches played so far, TCK has 19 wins, SACK 17 wins, one game was tied (2014) and four other encounters were abandoned due to rain, including last year’s game (1993, 2003, 2008 and 2023). The Antonians kicked off the series in great style by winning the first nine of the eleven games, but Trinity has clawed back since to take the lead, starting with consecutive wins in 1991 and 1992 by the narrowest of margins against formidable Antonian sides.

 

Trinity’s recent domination includes a run of nine games without being beaten since 2013 (7 wins, a tie and a no-decision) with the last Antonian win coming in 2012 under Kanishka Ranaraja. On this occasion, the Katugastota boys turned the tables on the much-fancied Trinity outfit led by Niroshan Dickwella to win by 10 runs, a week after being soundly beaten in the Big Match. This outcome resembled the year 1992 when Trinity registered a win in the one-dayer after losing the Big Match outright. Last season, the

two sides played an additional game in the U19 Division 1 Limited Over Tournament at Thurstan College grounds, which was won by Trinity by two wickets. This game is not considered part of this series.

 

The only tie in the 41 games played to date came in 2014 at Katugastota when Trinity’s Srimahan was run out off the second ball of the last over. Apart from the tied game, there were many other close encounters, but none closer than the one-wicket wins registered by SACK in 1989 at Katugastota, helped

by 30 extras conceded by the visitors and by TCK, just two years later, in 1991 mainly through a brilliant all-round performance by A.K Ekanayake (58 and 4/42). In terms of victories by runs, TCK’s 2-run win in 2011 and their 3-run win in 1992, both at Asgiriya, are the narrowest of them all.

 

TEAM RECORDS

 

Venue Period Played TCK
wins
SACK
wins
Tie No
Decision
Asgiriya 1980 – 2023 21 12 6 0 3
Katugastota 1981 – 2018 20 7 11 1 1
All Venues 1980 – 2023 41 19 17 1 4

 

 

MAIDEN VICTORY

Venue TCK SACK
Asgiriya 1986 – by 60 runs under T Weerasuriya 1980 – by 122 runs under A Leanage
Katugastota 1982 – by 2 wkt under P Yainne 1981 – by 86 runs under F Majeed

 

LAST VICTORY

Venue TCK SACK
Asgiriya 2022 – by 4 wkts under A Muthalib 2006 – by 27 runs under S Munas
Katugastota 2018 – by 149 runs H Boyagoda 2012 – by 10 runs under K Ranaraja

 

LARGEST VICTORY MARGINS

Venue Type TCK SACK
Asgiriya by runs 60 runs (1986)
TCK 168 (49.1 Ov); SACK 108 (43.2 ov)
122 runs (1980)
SACK 276/8 (50 ov); TCK 154 (49.3 ov)
by wkts 6 wkts (1998)
SACK 228/9 (50 ov); TCK 229/4 (41 ov)
9 wkts (1990)
TCK 109 (41.1 ov); SACK 111/1 (17.1 ov)
Katugastota by runs 149 runs (2018)
TCK 305/7 (50 Ov); SACK 156 (41 ov)
160 runs (1983)
SACK 231/9 (50 ov); TCK 71 (25.5 ov)
by wkts 9 wkts (2016)
SACK 89 (31 ov); TCK 90/1 (9.4 ov)
7 wkts (1987)
TCK 94 (26 ov); SACK 95/3 (22 ov)

 

NARROWEST VICTORY MARGINS

Venue Type TCK SACK
Asgiriya by runs 2 runs (2011)
TCK 230 ; SACK 228
27 runs (2006)
SACK 152 (49.1 ov); TCK 125 (46.3 ov)
by wkts 2 wkts (2015)
SACK 236/6 (50 ov); TCK 238/8 (48.3 ov)
2 wkts (1994)
TCK 190/8 (50 ov); SACK 192/8 (39.3 ov)
Katugastota by runs 149 runs (2018)
TCK 305/7 (50 Ov); SACK 156 (41 ov)
10 runs (2012)
SACK 182 (47.5 ov); TCK 172 (38.3 ov)
by wkts 1 wkt (1991)
SACK 164/9 (42 ov); TCK 165/9 (41.2 ov)
1 wkt (1989)
TCK 119 (39.1 ov); SACK 120/9 (43.2 ov)

 

 

 

HIGHEST TOTALS

Venue Team Highest total
Asgiriya TCK 240/8 (50 overs) in 2000
SACK 276/8 (50 overs) in 1980
Katugastota TCK 305/7 (50 overs) in 2018
SACK 276/5 (45 overs) in 1993

LOWEST TOTALS

Venue Team Lowest total
Asgiriya TCK 73 (35.5 overs) in 1984
SACK 92 (43.1 overs) in 2013
Katugastota TCK 71 (25.5 overs) in 1983
SACK 89 (31 overs) in 2016

 

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

Marlon Von Hagt scored 447 runs in the series, a record hard to be broken.

The record books of the Trinity-Antonian limited-over series should register Marlon Von Hagt’s name in indelible ink, as his tally of 447 runs (at 89.4, 2 hundreds, 2 fifties) is unlikely to ever be surpassed. With scores of 84 in 1980, 111 runs in 1981, 70 in 1982, 139 in 1983 and 43 in 1984, Marlon had the rare distinction of being the highest scorer in each of the first five games of the series, from either team. His 139 (135 balls, 15 fours, 4 sixes) at Katugastota remains the highest individual innings in the history of this series. Such was Marlon’s dominance in this innings that no other batsmen from either side reached 20. In addition to the one-day runs, Marlon has also accumulated 465 runs in six Big Matches, giving him 912 runs in total against Trinity in First XI cricket and underlining his dominance against Trinity College.

Hasitha Boyagoda scored the solitary century for Trinity, during his match-winning knock of 109 at Katugastota in 2018. Antonian Kanishka Uggalpaya’s 102 in 2015 is the only century registered at Asgiriya in the limited-over series, from either team.

 

HIGHEST SCORES

Venue Team Highest Scores
Asgiriya TCK 96 – Nushan Weerasinghe (2015)
SACK 102 – Kanishka Uggalpaya (2015)
Katugastota TCK 109 – Hasitha Boyagoda (2018)
SACK 139 – Marlon Von Hagt (1983)

 

 

 

CENTURIES

Score Player Venue Year
139 Marlon Von Hagt (SACK) Katugastota 1983
123 Ajaz Shafeek (SACK) Katugastota 1993
111 Marlon Von Hagt (SACK) Katugastota 1981
109 Hasitha Boyagoda (TCK) Katugastota 2018
102 Kanishka Uggalpaya (SACK) Asgiriya 2015

Notes:

  • Marlon Von Hagt and Kanishka Uggalpaya are the only batters to have scored centuries in both the Big Match and the one-dayer.
  • Only one century has been registered at Asgiriya which was scored by Antonian Uggalpaya in 2015 and the last of the series was scored by Hasitha Boyagoda in 2018, who incidentally is the only centurion for TCK.

 

NERVOUS NINETIES

 

Score Player Venue Year
96 Nushan Weerasinghe (TCK) Asgiriya 2015
92 Ishan Ratnayake (TCK) Katugastota 2004

 

 

BEST BOWLING

 

Venue Team Best Bowling
Asgiriya TCK 6/23 – Abishek Anandakumar (2019)
SACK 4/25 – Muthiah Muralitharan (1990)
Katugastota TCK 5/52 – Sachith Pathirana (2007)
SACK 5/24 – Kasun Ekanayake (2007)

 

FIVE-WICKET HAULS

 

Wkts Player Venue Year
6/23 Abishek Anandakumar (TCK) Asgiriya 2019
5/24 Kasun Ekanayake (SACK) Katugastota 2007
5/32 Amrit Srimahan (TCK) Asgiriya 2013
5/49 Suresh Perera (TCK) Asgiriya 1980
5/52 Sachith Pathirana (TCK) Katugastota 2007

 

BEST ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCES

 

Performance Player Venue Year
58 and 4/42 AK Ekanayake (TCK) Katugastota 1991
32 and 4/26 Thilana de Silva (TCK) Katugastota 1995
73 and 3/22 Kaushalya Weeraratne (TCK) Asgiriya 1998
50 and 4/45 Adil Reyal (SACK) Katugastota 2010
38* and 3/29 Charith Sudharkar (TCK) Katugastota 2014

 

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