THISARA BREAKS JACK ANDERSON’S 106 YEAR-OLD RECORD

by AFZAL LAPHIR

Antonian skipper Thisara Ekanayake continued his remarkable form of late by notching up his fourth century for the season in the ongoing 1st XI cricket encounter against Wesley College in Colombo. He made 119 in his team’s first innings total of 266/9 declared on the first day (8 March 2024).

Thisara’s previous three centuries this season were also scored in Colombo against Nalanda College at Campbell Place, St Joseph’s College at Darley Road, and St Peter’s College at Bambalapitiya, thus becoming the first Antonian ever to record four centuries in Colombo in one season. In the previous game against St Peter’s College, only a few days ago, he equalled the legendary Jack Anderson’s record of three centuries in Colombo, a feat achieved in 1918, the year he scored six centuries which remains the most by an Antonian in a season. Damien Nadaraja came close in 1987 with five centuries on his way to amassing over 1200 runs in that season culminating in the Best Batsman trophy at the Annual School Cricket Awards.

Thisara joins five other Antonians, ACM Lafir (1954), SW Seneviratne (1958), Charlie Joseph (1959), Bernard Perera (1976), and Hiran Wickremasekera (2011), to have scored four centuries in a season. Just for the record, there are 13 instances of Antonians who have registered three centuries in a season. Incidentally, Jack Anderson (1917 & 1918), Charlie Joseph (1959 & 1960) and Hiran Wickremasekera (2009 & 2011) have had the distinction of registering three or more centuries in a season on two separate occasions. The Full list is given below.

Thisara Ekanayake – St. Anthony’s College 1st XI Captain 2024

Thisara, who had scored only 202 runs in his initial 12 innings this year, remarkably reversed his fortunes when he decided to open the batting in the second innings against S Thomas Mount Lavinia. He has since accumulated 656 runs in his next 9 innings at 109.3 with four centuries and 2 fifties. Note: The runs include his first innings of 119 against Wesley.

In the game against St Peter’s, Thisara (140) was associated with a 226-run stand for the fourth wicket with Janith Rathnasiri who also made 140.  This is the highest partnership by an Antonian pair for any wicket against St Peters and only the twelfth 200-run partnership in the history of Antonian cricket (full list below)

FIRST CENTURY AGAINST WESLEY SINCE 2011 AND THE FIRST IN COLOMBO SINCE 2003

Today, Thisara became the first centurion for SACK against Wesley since Hiran Wickremasekera’s 100* at Katugastota in 2011 and the first century by an Antonian in Colombo since Tyrone de Silva scored 101 in 2003 at Campbell Park.

 

THE FIRST CENTURY AGAINST ST PETER’S SINCE 1996 AND THE FIRST AT BAMBALAPITIYA SINCE 1959

Thisara also became the first centurion for SACK against St Peter’s since Indika Fernando’s 114 at Katugastota in 1996 and the first century by an Antonian at Bambalapitiya since Charlie Joseph scored an unbeaten 115 in 1959.

The innings of 140, scored by both Thisara and Janith, coincidently off the same number of balls (195), is now the highest individual score by an Antonian at Bambalapitiya. Mohan Ratnakumar (204) holds the record for the highest score overall by an Antonian against the Peterites.

CENTURY AND 10-WICKETS IN THE SAME SEASON

In the previous game against Gurukula MV Kelaniya, Thisara showed his all-round prowess by capturing a match-bag of 10 wickets (5/37 & 5/71), thus joining a select band of Antonians to have scored a century and taken a match-bag of 10-wickets in the same season. In the annals of Antonian cricket, there have been only four other players to have achieved this double in the same season. The complete list is:

THAIYAR MOHAMED (1977) – 105 vs St Sylvester’s, 102 vs St Benedict’s, 100 vs St Sebastian’s; 12 for 60 vs Kingswood

ANGELO LEANAGE (1980) – 102 vs Ananda; 12 for 98 vs Dharmaraja

SAJITH FERNANDO (1992) – 156* vs Maliyadeva; 10 for 132 vs Royal and 12 for 91 vs Trinity

PRASAD RANAWAKE (2001) – 103* vs Kingswood; 10 for 46 vs Zahira

THISARA EKANAYAKE (2024) – 102* vs Nalanda, 101* vs St Joseph’s, 140 vs St Peter’s; 119 vs Wesley; 10 for 108 vs Gurukula

SIX CENTURIES IN A SEASON

Jack Anderson; scored 06 centuries in 1918

Jack Anderson (1918)

157       vs Wesley                                              Colombo

109       vs St Benedict’s                                   Colombo

291       vs S Thomas’                                        Colombo

184       vs Royal                                                Bogambara

111       vs Trinity                                               Asgiriya

105       vs St Aloysius Galle (B Div)              Bogambara

FIVE CENTURIES IN A SEASON

Damien Nadaraja (1987)

105*     vs Kingswood                                        Home

103*     vs Wesley                                               Home

102       vs Dharmaraja                                      Lake View

112*     vs St Sebastian’s                                    Home

129       vs Ananda                                              Ananda Mawatha

FOUR CENTURIES IN A SEASON

ACM Lafir (1954)

100       vs Wesley                                                Home

184       vs St Benedict’s                                      Kotahena

122       vs Ananda                                               Home

176       vs Trinity                                                 Home

Also scored 151* for Kandy Schools against Colombo Schools at home

SW Seneviratne (1958)

149       vs St Peter’s                                            Home

135       vs Wesley                                                Home

133       vs Ananda                                               Home

100*     vs Trinity                                                Home

Charlie Joseph (1959)

123*     vs St Benedict’s                                       Home

101       vs Kingswood                                          Police Grounds

101*     vs Dharmaraja                                        Lake View

115*     vs St Peter’s                                              Bambalapitiya

Bernard Perera (1976)

127*     vs St Sebastian’s                                     Home

137*     vs Kingswood                                          Home

122*     vs St Benedict’s                                      Kotahena

155*     vs Trinity                                                 Home

Hiran Wickremasekera (2011)

100*     vs Wesley                                                Home

150       vs Kingswood                                         Home

104       vs Zahira                                                 Maradana

105       vs St Joseph’s                                         Home

Thisara Ekanayake (2024)

102*     vs Nalanda                                              Campbell Park

101*     vs St Joseph’s                                          Darley Road

140       vs St Peter’s                                            Bambalapitiya

106*     vs Wesley                                                Colombo

 

THREE CENTURIES IN A SEASON

Jack Anderson (1917)

184       vs St Joseph’s                                         Bogambara

141       vs Royal                                                   Colombo

102       vs St Benedict’s                                      Bogambara

Charlie Joseph (1960)

115*     vs St Benedict’s                                       Kotahena

123       vs Nalanda                                              Colombo

127       vs Trinity                                                 Home

Jayantha Udukumbure (1966)

103       vs Dharmaraja                                       Lake View

104       vs Kingswood                                         Home

118       vs Ananda                                               Home

Randy Sims (1969)

172       vs St Sylvester’s                                      Home

102       vs Kingswood                                         Home

100       vs Trinity                                                 Asgiriya

Thaiyar Mohamed (1977)

105       vs St Sylvester’s                                      Home

102       vs St Benedict’s                                       Home

100       vs St Sebastian’s                                     Moratuwa

Fazeel Sheriffdeen (1980)

120*     vs Vidyartha                                            Home

133*     vs St Sylvester’s                                      Home

152       vs St Sebastian’s                                     Home

Marlon Von Hagt (1984)

154       vs Vidyartha                                            Police Park

109       vs Prince of Wales                                 Home

123       vs Trinity                                                 Home

Nuwan Kalpage (1990)

166       vs Thurstan                                            Home

123       vs Zahira                                                 Home

100*     vs Trinity                                                Home

Dilshan Witharana (1996)

133       vs Wesley                                                Campbell Park

112       vs St Sylvester’s                                      Away

103       vs Trinity                                                 Home

Mahesh Palihakkara (1998)

100       vs St Anne’s                                             Kurunegala

150       vs Kingswood                                          Home

112       vs St Joseph’s                                          Darley Road

Mohamed Rizlan (2003)

100       vs Vidyartha                                            Home

105       vs St Anne’s                                             Home

103       vs Dharmaraja                                        Home

Hiran Wickremasekera (2009)

116*     vs St Sebastian’s                                     Home

132       vs Dharmasoka Ambalangoda            Home

104*     vs St Benedict’s                                       Home

Theeksha Gunasinghe (2019)

101*     vs S de S Jayasinghe Dehiwala            Home

111       vs St Peter’s Negombo                           Home

142       vs St Joseph’s                                          Home

 

200-run Partnerships for St Anthony’s College

  • 258 1st wkt               Jack Anderson (157) and M Victor Fernando (109)                               vs Wesley                1918
  • 266 1st wkt               ACM Lafir (176) and Ronnie Stephens (103)                                          vs Trinity                 1954
  • 227 6th wkt               Charlie Joseph (113) and Michael Joseph (141*)                                   vs Dharmaraja        1961
  • 280 5th wkt               Randy Sims (154) and AB Ranasinghe (132*)                                        vs Kingswood          1967
  • 200 4th wkt               Randy Sims (102) and Terence Sims (105)                                             vs Kingswood          1969
  • 250* 4th wkt               Bernard Perera (140*) and Bede Perera (106*)                                    vs St Benedict’s       1975
  • 287 1st wkt               Marlon Von Hagt (154) and A Wickremasuriya (124)                            vs Vidyartha            1984
  • 208* 2nd wkt              Nimalka Perera (106*) and Suresh Peries (87*)                                   vs St Sylvesters       1986
  • 228 3rd wkt               Suresh de Alwis (150*) and Ruwan Kalpage (133)                                 vs St Anne’s             1989
  • 202 5th wkt               Theeksha Gunasinghe (142) and Kalhara Senaratne (102)                  vs St Joseph’s          2019
  • 220 5th wkt               Mohd Kamil (123) and Anjala Bandara (128)                                          vs St Sylvester’s      2021
  • 226 4th wkt               Thisara Ekanayake (140) and Janith Rathnasiri (140)                          vs St Peter’s            2024

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