Trinity cricket enjoys a rich heritage

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Trinity cricket enjoys a rich heritage

By Hafiz Marikar of Sunday Leader.

With the inter school cricket season, at its peak, Trinity College Cricket is on the correct path once again, and focusing on winning matches. Trinity is one of the oldest cricket playing schools in the country. Trinity not only produced several top class cricketers but also produced several invincible teams in the early years

After being in the doldrums, once again cricket is back on the pedastal.A big hand should be given to the present players for their fine performanceso far this season.

In the early days Trinity has battled it out for supremacy with schools like St. Joseph's, Royal, St.Thomas, St. Peters, Wesley, St. Anthony's St. Benedict's, Kingswood, Dharmaraja and Zahira.

The first real effort of building up a cricket side at Trinity came with Cater in 1892. He was a real enthusiast. So, in the following year they started playing against Royal College ( the third oldest school cricket match in Sri Lanka). It was in 1898 they played their first game against St. Thomas and it is said that this game became an annual fixture, but no records are available. In 1903 Trinity played against Wesley, In 1908 against St. Joseph's,in 1927 against Zahira,in 1955 both with Kingswood and Dharmaraja and also they have played with Dharmaraja once in 1898 (Dharmaraja became regular first term game in 1964, and against Kingswood in 1957) St. Benedicts in 1915 ,St. Anthonys in 1914, Ananda in 1955.

Right through the turn of the century to the mid 1940's. Trinity cricket was right on top. Trinitians boast of an unique performance from 1921 to 1924 which no other cricketing school could even dream of achieving. No school will ever equal this record . They were not merely unbeaten in those four years but they won every single game they played. There wasn't a single drawn game, the curse of present school cricket.

Their great majority of wins were by an innings. In the first two years they were captained by Percy Maralande and their team had players of the caliber of Pug Shockman, Johnny Murray, Robin Fibson, Philip Buultjens, G. David, R. Halangoda, L.C. De Mel, C. Ratwatte, Edwin Jayawardene, A.B. Madawala, V. Jayaweera, H.R.V. Johnson and that great bowler R.B. Ettipola.
In 1923 and 1924Trinity was captained by V.C. Shockman, and some of the players were Philip Buultjens, De Mel, G. Halangoda, Murray Madawala, H.R.V. Johnson, R.B. Ettipola. L.A. Pichaurd, Henry Delwita, Fred Murray, Ernest Aluwihare and Herman Schokman.

Trinity's first win against Royal was in 1896. In 1913 and 1916 Trinity shared the championship with St. Joseph's and in 1915, 1926, 1937 and 1944 they were champions in their own right. The 1913 team was led by C.E. Simitharahchi who later became the Principal, and had players like Richard Aluwihare, A. E. Shockman, B. H. Dunuwille, R.E. Ondaatje, W.P.B. Beligasmana, C.E de Silva, C.V. Jayasinghe, T. V. Krishnapillai and D.C. Dunuwille. They were followed by great players like Harry Inman, Alfred Aluwihare, J.A. de Joseph, A. Halangoda, L.M. Goonawardene, R.C. Edwards, J.L. Roberts, Frank Sirimanne, P.B. Kapuwatte, J. Bandaranayake, J.R. Burton. J.E. Yorke, King Maung. I. M. S.. Deen, W. Winter, W.M.A.Wahid, L.R. Pilimatalawe, L. Thalakada.

Between 1912 and 1925 if Trinity were not champions, they were certainly runners up. In 1937, Trinity led by O.L. Izzadeen were champions. They dismissed the Thomians for 22, Wesley for 36, and convincingly beat Royal , but rain halted them from beating their rivals St. Anthony's. This team included players like T.B. Marambe who later became a great coach, Percy Madugalle, John Halangoda, Bobby Schoorman, N. Narendra, Sammy David, R. Ratwatte, T. Jainudeen, Wilhem Molegoda, and Duncan Ruth.

In 1944 , Trinity had a good team under T.B. Werapitiya, and had players like Michael Kagwa, C. Schokman, Bolly Perera, A.C. Bandaranayake, A. Yatawara, Rudra Rajasingham who became the IGP, A.P. Fernando, Malcolm Wright, Quintus Jayasinghe, Bobby Ruth and B. Seneviratne. This team too won the majority of their matches.

The year 1966 saw Trinity's last great team under the leadership of Harendra Dunuwille, and had players like Himendra Ranaweera, Chandra Amunugama, Ajith Abeyartne, L. D. Abeyartne, A. Herath, Nihal Marambe, Glen Vanlangenberg to name a few.

Some of other top products of Trinity are J.W. Aiyadurai, Eddie Bultjens, B. Wijewardene, C. Dharmalingam a great bowler, Reggie de Alwis, Rex Breckenridge, Leslie and Jerry Handunge, S.A. Odayar his son Uvais Odayar, K. Kannanagara, V. Ratwatte, D. Aluwihare, Pat Solomons, Hilary Abeyartne, Godfrey V. Perera, S.B. Pilapitiya, K.B. Sangakkara, Lakshman Jayakody, Frank Sirimanne, A. Imbuldeniya, Lakshman Kadirgamar, Rudra Rajasingham, Gamini Tennekoon, P Ballale, Gamini Fernando, better known for his rugger, M. Wanduragala, L. Wadsworth, Lucky Vitharana, Nimal Maralande, J Inman, Malsiri Kulukulusuriya, Roger Abeyartne, M.T.M. Zarook. Mohan Sahayam, Harendra Dunuwille, Himendra Ranaweera, Ajith Abeyartne, Glen Vanlangenberg, S.M. Perera, Lalith Ramanayake. Panduka Aluwihare, Denham Madena, Mevan Balalle, Thushara Weerasuriya, Nilantha Rathnayake. Chaminda Unantenna, Ravi Ratnayake, Dambawinne brothers, Ramesh Dunuwille, C.I. Fernando, Dudeepa Ratwatte, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushalya Weeraratne and recently Sachith Pathirane.

Cricket heritage of Trinity has always been associated with the historic grounds at Asgiriya. Since 1915 the home of Trinity cricket is Asgiriya, now a changed International test venue.

In the recent past Trinity had a very lean period , but this year there are signs of a great come back.

This season Trinity has done well, under the leadership of all-rounder Rushan Jaleel, a few days back they beat Kingswood and St. Anne's by an innings, with Rushan Jaleel leading from the front with the help of players like Dilan Gangoda, Kithmal Wimalaweera, Dinuk Weeraratne, Nirosh Dikwella, Akila Jayasundara, Thushara Gunatissa. So, this time the Trinity cricketers are all-out to

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