Trinity College Kandy managed to retain the John Halangoda trophy for another year, courtesy of a first innings win over St. Anthony’s College Katugastota in the 101st Hill Country Battle of the Blues at Asgiriya Cricket Stadium. Only 35 overs of play was possible on day 2 as inclement weather disrupted the game forcing a dull draw.
The Trinitians started the second day at 150 for 5 with a lead of 35 runs. Pushing for quick runs, Trinity lost both the overnight batsmen Trewon Weerasooriya (18) and Ashan Lokuketiya (35) through run outs. Thisaru Dilshan hit a quick-fire 19, before getting trapped LBW for the bowling of Nimnaka Jayathilake. The tail didn’t last long and the hosts finished their innings on 196 with a healthy lead of 81 runs.
Coming into bat, the Antonians had a relatively better start compared to the first innings. Ruvin Peiris dismissed Sunera Jayasinghe cheaply, but Mohomad Abzar and Dion Stouter batted sensibly and made sure no more wickets were lost before lunch.
Unfortunately, the heavens opened up around lunchtime to completely washout the middle session. The game began after the tea-break but only five overs of play was possible before the rain returned. St. Anthony’s were 62 for 2 when the stoppage occurred and the umpires decided to call off the game as the rain got heavier and heavier.
Though the game ended in a draw, Trinity College retained the John Halangoda Memorial Trophy as they recorded a first innings victory.
- Best Fielder – Janidu Himsara (SACK)
- Best Bowler – Thisaru Dilshan (TCK)
- Best Batsman – Hasitha Boyagoda (TCK)
- Man of the Match – Hasitha Boyagoda (TCK)
St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (1st Inns) – 115 (37.2) Nawodya Wijayakumara 32, Mohomad Abzar 29, Thisaru Dilshan 4/30, Ruvin Pieris 3/31
Trinity College, Kandy (1st Inns) – 196 (53.3) Hasitha Boyagoda 72, Jeff Weerasinghe 37, Ashan Lokuketiya 35, Nimnaka Jayathilaka 4/53, Nawodya Wijayakumara 2/35
St. Anthony’s College, Kandy (2nd Inns) – 62 for 2 (20) Diyon Stouter 27*, Mohomad Abzar 22
115/10 & 65/2
196/10 & 0/0
St.Anthony's College’s 1st Innings
Trinity College’s 1st Innings
St.Anthony's College’s 2nd Innings
Trinity College’s 2nd Innings