TRINITY ANTONIAN ENCOUNTERS – A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

TRINITY-ANTONIAN ENCOUNTERS – A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Compiled by Afzal Laphir

Editores’ Note; Before we break down the numbers of Trinity-Antonian, as presented by Afzal Laphir, here’s a bit of the Cricketing history of Trinity College Kandy and St. Anthony’s College Kandy. Historical data are gathered from the National Archive of Sri Lanka, by meticulously going through newspaper records between 1883-1899. Quadrangle has all the references and the search/research/verifying of more data is still underway we (both Quadrangle and Afzal Laphir) will continue to update this article as and when more information is gathered or new records are been set as the series continues.

Trinity College -1888

Trinity College took to Cricket during the late 1880’s, the 1st XI Cricket team was back then called ‘Trinity College Cricket Club’. They played against Clubs in Kandy, Matale and also against Military teams (1888-1893) and also against visiting Agriculture School from Colombo (1889-1892). Trinity first played a school cricket encounter in 1892 (and 1893), a 2nd XI match against 1st XI of Kingswood College before playing their official 1st XI School Cricket encounter against Royal College on 07th October 1893 at the Recreation Ground in Kandy. Trinitians then played against Ananda College (1894), St. Thomas’ College Matale (1895), S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia (1898), Wesley College (1903), and St. Joseph’s College (1908).

St. Anthony’s College -1895

St. Anthony’s College Kandy commenced playing cricket during mid 1890’s and as per available records, their first match was played against St. Thomas’ College Matale which was played on 18th and 19th July 1895 at Bogambara which Antonians won by innings and 17 runs. Thereafter played a ‘Day Game’ against St. Joseph’s College in 1899. In 1903 Antonians reorganized their Cricket under Fr. Andrew Van Langenburg who was serving at College, and formed a combined team comprising staff and school boys. The team was called ‘St. Anthony’s College Cricket Club’ and played against Clubs and Dharmaraja College in 1904, Kingswood College in 1905. In 1906 Antonians fielded a schoolboy team under Benny Lawrence and played against Kingswood College and St. Benedict’s College.

 

Hill Country Battle of the Blues – Trinity Antonian since 1914

Trinity College and St. Anthnoy’s College played their official 1st XI match in 1914 though teams played against each other in 1910 which mostly comprised of staff and students and not considered under the series tally. In 1914 the match was played at Bogambara Grounds with C.E. de Silva leading Trinity College and C.C Senaratne leading St. Anthony’s College which was won by Antonians by 42 runs surprising all as Trinity College were the joint Schools Cricket Champions in the previous year. Trinity College won in 1915 under R. Ondatjie but the match was not played in 1916. The series commenced again in 1917 when Antonians under J.M. Ferguson won it. Trinity then went on to record 11 consecutive wins from 1918 to 1928. The encounter now played for a trophy in memory of John Halangoda (since 1954) was interrupted in 1916, 1956, 1957, 2001, 2020 and 2021.

 

Playing Record

Venue Period Played TCK
wins
SACK
wins
Drawn
Asgiriya 1915 – 2022 51 13 1 37
Katugastota 1938 – 2019 39 3 7 29
Bogambara 1914 – 1935 11 7 3 1
Pallekelle 2016 – 2017 2 0 0 2
All Venues 1914 – 2022 103 23 11 69

Note, The venue of 1915 Trinity-Antonian encounter has been assumed as Asgiriya, which was ceremonially opened on 15 Jan 1915 by the Governor of Kandy Sir Robert Chalmers. Trinity played their first game at Asgiriya on 24 & 25 February 1915 against S Thomas’ Mount Lavinia

Additional facts:

  • The 23 wins by TCK were registered in 1915, 1918 to 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1938, 1939, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1986 and 2012.
  • SACK won their games in 1914, 1917, 1929, 1948, 1954, 1962, 1968, 1972, 1981, 1990 and 1992.
  • The encounter was not played in 1916, 1956, 1957, 2001, 2020 and 2021.
  • The 1956 and 1957 games were cancelled due to a disagreement between the two schools regarding the age rule and in 2001, the encounter did not take place as Trinity terminated their season early in the year due to disciplinary reasons. The games in 2020 and 2021 were postponed and eventually cancelled due to Covid and prevailing situation in the country.
  • Out of 34 outright results generated by both teams, 14 have ended in an innings win (10 by TCK and 4 by SACK).
  • Interestingly, despite Trinity’s dominance in the series, the Antonians have a better record post- independence, i.e from 1948 onwards, with 8 wins to 3.

First Wins:

Venue TCK SACK
Asgiriya 1915 – under R Ondatje 1981 – by 6 wkts under Fazal Majeed
Katugastota 1938 – by 6 wkts under TB Marambe 1948 – by 151 runs under L Pamunuwa
Bogambara 1919 – by an innings under J Bandaranayake 1914 – by 42 runs under CC Senaratne
Pallekelle None None

 

Note: The following records are based on information extracted from the archives of both schools and from newspaper reports where available. Despite the best efforts of the author, the data is incomplete, especially from the 1914 and 1915 games where apart from the results, no other information was available.

Largest Victory Margins:                                               

Venue Type TCK SACK
Asgiriya by runs an innings & 120 runs in 1939 None
by wkts 9 wkts in 1951 6 wkts in 1981 (only win at Asgiriya)
Katugastota by runs 61 runs in 1944 an innings & 90 runs in 1962
by wkts 7 wkts in 1986 9 wkts in 1992
Bogambara by runs an innings & 101 runs in 1923 63 runs in 1929
by wkts 9 wkts in 1927 by 6 wkts in 1917

 

Narrowest Victory Margins:

Venue Type TCK SACK
Asgiriya by runs 68 runs in 1947 None
by wkts 5 wkts in 1924 6 wkts in 1981 (only win at Asgiriya)
Katugastota by runs 61 runs in 1944 151 runs in 1948
by wkts 6 wkts in 1938 7 wkts in 1972
Bogambara by runs 41 runs in 1925 by 42 runs in 1914
by wkts 4 wkts in 1931 6 wkts in 1917

 

Note: the victory margin and the scorecard of the 1915 encounter at Asgiriya was not available at the time of compiling the records and therefore not considered here.

 

Highest Totals        

Venue Team Highest totals (top 3)
Asgiriya TCK 329 (1922); 302/8d (2012); 301/9d (1999)
SACK 288/9d (2022); 267/7d (1961); 265/8d (1965)
Katugastota TCK 406/8d (1942); 349 (1944); 328 (1970)
SACK 399/8d (1954); 355/7d (1976); 337/5d (1984)
Bogambara TCK 295 (1923); 234 (1919); 192 (1927)
SACK 205 (1917); 172 (1929); 150 (1933)

 

Lowest Totals

Venue Team Lowest totals (top 3)
Asgiriya TCK 72 (1949); 96 (1961); 108 (1947)
SACK 27 (1928); 29 (1926); 37 (1951))
Katugastota TCK 54 (1990); 59 (1948); 77 (1968)
SACK 82 (1938); 87 (1946); 103 (1948)
Bogambara TCK 92 & 95 (1929); 130 (1921 & 1931)
SACK 78 (1929); 79 (1923); 84 (1933)

 

Note: Pallekelle is excluded here due to lack of games at this venue.

 

Individual Records:

BATTING:

Highest Score:

Venue Team Highest Scores
Asgiriya TCK 148 – Kaushalya Weeraratne (1999)
SACK 165 – Ralston Burke (1965)
Katugastota TCK 143 – TB Werapitiya (1944)
SACK 176 – ACM Lafir (1954)
Bogambara TCK 111 – LC de Mel (1923)
SACK 73 – B Dodanwela (1925)

 

First century:

Of the series: Jack Anderson (SACK) 111 in 1918; MDD Jayawardena (TCK) 120 in 1922

at Asgiriya: Jack Anderson (SACK) 111 in 1918; MDD Jayawardena (TCK) 120 in 1922

at Katugastota: TB Werapitiya (TCK) 143 in 1944; R Stephens (SACK) 108 in 1952

at Bogambara: LC de Mel (TCK) 111 in 1923

at Pallekelle: K Uggalpaya (SACK) 108 in 2016

 

Twin fifties in a game:

Mahesh Gunathilake (SACK)        61 & 62* at Asgiriya (1971)

J Arambepola (TCK)                     52 & 52* at Asgiriya (1979)

Marlon Von Hagt (SACK)             61 & 52 at Katugastota (1982)

Chandimal Herath (SACK)           61 & 54 at Asgiriya (2022)

 

Two hundreds in the Series:

TB Werapitiya (TCK)                        100 (1943) and 143 (1944). Also scored 96 (1942)

Ronnie Stephens (SACK)                 108 (1952) and 103 (1954)

 

Three or more 50+ scores in the series:

4 – Marlon Von Hagt (SACK)                         61 & 52 (1982), 57 (1983), 123 (1984). Also scored 49 (1979)

3 – TB Werapitiya (TCK)                                96 (1942), 100 (1943), 143 (1944)

3 – ACM Lafir (SACK)                                     65 (1950), 74 (1951) and 176 (1954)

3 – Mahesh Gunathileke (SACK)                   76 (1970), 61 & 62* (1971)

3 – Hasitha Boyagoda (TCK)                         55* (2016), 90 (2017), 72 (2018)

 

Note: SA Odayar (TCK), Sajith Fernando (SACK) and Tyrone de Silva (SACK) came close to being part of this group. Odayar made 48 (1927), 60 (1928) and 87 (1930). He missed out in 1929 when the Trinitians were dismissed for 95 and 92 in the two innings giving the Antonians a rare outright win in that period. On the other hand, Sajith scored 70, 46 and 55 in three consecutive games between 1990 to 1992. Tyrone made 49 (2000), 81 (2002) and 64 (2003) and he missed out in 2001 by virtue of the game being cancelled.

 

Centuries: (Total 30, SACK 19, TCK 11)

Score Player Venue Year
176 ACM Lafir (SACK) Katugastota 1954
165 Ralston Burke (SACK) Asgiriya 1965
155* Bernard Perera (SACK) Katugastota 1976
148 Premalal de Silva (SACK) Asgiriya 1973
148 Kaushalya Weeraratne (TCK) Asgiriya 1999
143 TB Werapitiya (TCK) Katugastota 1944
133* Franklyn Burke (SACK) Katugastota 1962
130 N Dambawinne (TCK) Katugastota 1978
128 C Wickremasinghe (SACK) Katugastota 2019
127 Charlie Joseph (SACK) Katugastota 1960
123 Marlon Von Hagt (SACK) Katugastota 1984
120 MDD Jayawardena (TCK) Asgiriya 1922
114 A Wickremasuriya (SACK) Katugastota 1984
114* S Wijesuriya (TCK) Katugastota 2009
111 Jack Anderson (SACK) Asgiriya 1918
111 LC de Mel (TCK) Bogambara 1923
110 L Ramanayake (TCK) Katugastota 1970
108 Ronnie Stephens (SACK) Katugastota 1952
108 K Uggalpaya (SACK) Pallekelle 2016
106^ Meryl Dunuwille (SACK) Katugastota 1970
103 Ronnie Stephens (SACK) Katugastota 1954
103 JS Ratwatte (TCK) Katugastota 1960
103 Dilshan Witharne (SACK) Katugastota 1996
101* MTM Zaruk (TCK) Katugastota 1964
100 TB Werapitiya (TCK) Asgiriya 1943
100* SW Seneviratne (SACK) Katugastota 1958
100 W Seneviratne (SACK) Katugastota 1964
100 Randy Sims (SACK) Asgiriya 1969
100* RNR de Silva (TCK) Asgiriya 1971
100* Nuwan Kalpage (SACK) Katugastota 1990

 

^Note: Meryl Dunuwille scored the first century on the new turf at Katugastota.

 

Nervous 90s:

Charlie Joseph is the only Antonian in this group of seven players who reached 90 without going on to a century. He is also the only batter to be stranded in the 90s without being dismissed.

Score Player Venue Year
96 TB Werapitiya (TCK) Katugastota 1942
95* Charlie Joseph (SACK) Asgiriya 1959
93 P Maralande (TCK) Bogambara 1919
93 H Wanniarachchi (TCK) Katugastota 2011
91 H Bandaranayake (TCK) Asgiriya 1928
90 JA de Silva (TCK) Asgiriya 1918
90 H Boyagoda (TCK) Pallekelle 2017

 

Most Runs:

Marlon Von Hagt has scored the most runs in the series, with 465 runs in 12 innings at an average of 38.75. ACM Lafir (396 runs in 6 games) and TB Werapitiya (350+ runs) occupy second and third slots.

 

BOWLING:

Best bowling figures in an innings:

Venue Team Best Bowling in an Innings
Asgiriya TCK 10/38 – Sudanga Fernando (1997)
SACK 7/92 – HRJ Niyangoda (1939)
Katugastota TCK 9/74 – C Dharmalingam (1938)
SACK 7/26 – Piyal Wijetunge (1990)
Bogambara TCK 7/44 – RB Ettipola (1925)
SACK 5/44 – LV Jayaweera (1921)

 

Best bowling figures in a match:

Venue Team Best Bowling in a Match
Asgiriya TCK 12/48 – C Dharmalingham (1939)
6/17 & 6/31 (hatrick in each innings)
SACK 12/94 – M Muralitharan (1991)
6/58 & 6/36
Katugastota TCK 10/82 – GB Perera (1942)
5/63 & 5/19
SACK 12/81 – Sajith Fernando (1992)
6/39 & 6/52
Bogambara TCK 9/37 – B Wijewardena (1933)
3/22 & 6/15
SACK 8/111 – LV Jayaweera (1921)
5/44 & 3/67

 

Three or more 5-wicket hauls in the series:

3 – RB Ettipola (TCK)                       5/34 (1922), 5/46 (1923), 7/44 (1925). Also took 4/20 (1924)

3 – C Dharmalingham (TCK)         9/74 (1938), 6/17 & 6/31 (1939)

3 – Pradeep Fernando (SACK)     5/27 (1980), 5/60 & 6/43 (1981). Also took 4/26 (1979)

3 – M Muralitharan (SACK)          6/19 (1990), 6/58 & 6/36 (1991)

 

Note: PR Maralande (TCK) captured 5/54 (1918), 4/27 (1919), 4/23 & 4/32 (1920) and 7/28 (1922). TOM Deen (SACK) with 4/29 (1952), 5/29 & 6/32 (1953) and 4/52 (1954) also came close to joining the group.

 

10-wicket match bags: (Total 10, SACK 6, TCK 4)

Match Bag Player Break-down Venue Year
12/48 C Dharmalingham (TCK) 6/17 & 6/31 Asgiriya 1939
12/81 Sajith Fernando (SACK) 6/39 & 6/52 Katugastota 1992
12/94 M Muralitharan (SACK) 6/58 & 6/36 Asgiriya 1991
11/60 TOM Deen (SACK) 5/29 & 6/31 Asgiriya 1953
11/69 Sudanga Fernando (TCK) 1/31 & 10/38 Asgiriya 1997
11/103 Pradeep Fernando (SACK) 5/60 & 6/43 Asgiriya 1981
10/39 Piyal Wijetunge (SACK) 7/26 & 3/13 Katugastota 1990
10/49 Bede Perera (SACK) 4/10 & 6/39 Katugastota 1972
10/78 EWA Buultjens(TCK) 3/26 & 7/52 Asgiriya 1932
10/82 GB Perera (TCK) 5/63 & 5/19 Katugastota 1942

 

Most wickets:

32           PR Maralande (TCK) in 6 games at 8.40

27           Pradeep Fernando (SACK) in 4 games at 11.96

25           RB Ettipola (TCK) in 4 games

 

Note: C Dharmalingham (TCK) and M Muralitharan (SACK) did outstandingly well in two of the three games they were able to represent, finishing with 21 and 20 wickets respectively for the series.  TOM Deen (SACK) with 21 wickets and C Shanmuganathan (TCK) with 19 wickets were also consistent wicket takers in the series.

 

Best all-round performances (50+ runs and 4+ wickets in an innings)

Performance Player Venue Year
77; 4/42 JA de Silva (TCK) Bogambara 1917
90; 3/5 & 4/27 JA de Silva (TCK) Asgiriya 1918
93; 4/27 & 3/20 PR Maralande (TCK) Bogambara 1919
56; 4/23 & 4/31 PR Maralande (TCK) Asgiriya 1920
83; 3/16 & 7/52 EWA Buultjens (TCK) Asgiriya 1932
66; 4/73 Harry Jayasundera (SACK) Asgiriya 1932
85 & 24*; 3/22 & 6/15 B Wijewardena (TCK) Bogambara 1933
67; 5/63 & 5/19 GB Perera (TCK) Katugastota 1942
74; 5/46 ACM Lafir (SACK) Asgiriya 1951
133*; 5/42 & 3/50 F Burke (SACK) Katugastota 1962
66*; 5/35 M Joseph (SACK) Asgiriya 1963
50; 7/90 Shanthilal de Zilwa (SACK) Katugastota 1970
100* & 44; 4/28 RNR de Silva (TCK) Asgiriya 1971
54*; 4/31 Bernard Perera (SACK) Katugastota 1974
55; 6/39 & 6/52 Sajith Fernando (SACK) Katugastota 1992
69; 4/77 & 4/47 M Palihakkara (SACK) Katugastota 1998
68; 4/50 & 3/40 Kaushalya Weeraratne (TCK) Katugastota 2000
64; 5/75 Tyrone de Silva (SACK) Katugastota 2003
61; 2/40 & 4/45 J Premasinghe (TCK) Asgiriya 2012

 

Notes:

  • Antonian Franklyn Burke is the only player in the history of Trinity-Antonian encounters to have scored a century and captured a 5-wicket haul in the same match.
  • EWA Buultjens (TCK), GB Perera (TCK) and Sajith Fernando (SACK) had the distinction of scoring a half-century and capturing a match bag of 10-wickets in the same game.
  • Trinitian PR Maralande (261 runs and 32 wickets in 6 games) has the best record as an all-rounder in the series.

 

Played in most games:

Games Player Period
6 PR Maralande (TCK) 1917 to 1922
6 ACM Lafir (SACK) 1950 to 1955
6 Marlon Von Hagt (SACK) 1979 to 1984
6 Sachith Pathirana (TCK) 2003 to 2008
5 Harry Jayasundera (SACK) 1929 to 1933

 

Highest Partnerships:

Score Wkt Partners Team Venue Year
266 1st ACM Lafir (176), R Stephens (103) SACK Katugastota 1954
188 4th J Udukumbure (76), R Burke (165) SACK Asgiriya 1965
178 1st M Von Hagt (123), A Wickremasuriya (114) SACK Katugastota 1984
157 2nd H Boyagoda (90), S Shanmuganathan (83) TCK Pallekele 2017
152* 1st HM Muthalib (81*), T Thalakada (69*) SACK Katugastota 1960
151 4th RNR de Silva (100*), L Ramanayake (79) TCK Asgiriya 1971
140 3rd E Buultjens (83), S Wijewardena (80) TCK Asgiriya 1932
134 2nd S Fernando (70), N Kalpage (100*) SACK Katugastota 1990
130 4th N Dambawinne (130), M Thahir (70) TCK Katugastota 1978
120 1st F Sirimanne (79), S Pilapitiya (49) TCK Katugastota 1946
119 1st M Dunuwille (80), S Gunathileke (59) SACK Katugastota 1972
118 3rd MDD Jayawardena (120), R Gibson (59) TCK Asgiriya 1922
114 3rd P de Silva (148), S Gunathileke (35*) SACK Asgiriya 1973
112 2nd P de Silva (148), N Malagamuwa (33) SACK Asgiriya 1973
111 1st S Jayasinghe (85), D Ratwatte (48) TCK Asgiriya 1989
107 2nd K Sangakkara (73), V Wijesiri (33) TCK Katugastota 1996
106 3rd ACM Lafir(65), S Jayasinghe (68) SACK Katugastota 1950
102 1st W Munasinghe (66), D Gangoda (44) TCK Asgiriya 2007
102 1st R Wickremapala (73), K Jayaratne (22) SACK Katugastota 1998
100 2nd M Von Hagt (61), A Dunuwille (57) SACK Katugastota 1982

 

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3 comments

  1. Thank you for the statistics. How many times has TCK/SACK won the first innings when the game was drawn?

  2. Congratulations Afzal on this rather intriguing, in-depth and very interesting analysis and statistic of our two great colleges.
    It certainly is a labour of love on your part.
    Greatly appreciated.👍

  3. Pradeep Fernando of SACK played from 1977 to 1982 which has been missed please correct me if I’m incorrect Thank you

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