The 103rd ‘Battle of the Blues’ (Central Hills) between Trinity and St Anthony’s ended in a draw at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy on Saturday.
The highlight of the match were fine half centuries by Antonian batters Mohamed Aaqil (86) – who laid down the foundation – Lahiru Abeysinghe (73) and Chandimal Herath (61 and 54*), while for Trinity youth cap Ranuda Somaratne scored a brisk half century (50).
Youth cap Traveen Mathews was the pick of the bowlers for the Antonians. The spinner took 5 for 70.
Antonians took an 80 runs lead in the first innings. After posting a huge 288 they bowled out Trinity for 208. Antonians were in deep trouble in their second innings, as at one point they were precariously placed at 35 for 5, but a solid unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 69 runs between Chandimal Herath (54 *) and Lahiru Abeysinghe (18*) took them out of danger.
Trinity ended on 49/1 at close after being set a target of 185.
Former Trinity and Army SC cricketer Major General Nihal Marambe was the Chief Guest.
St Anthony’s: 288/ 9 dec and 104/5 dec (19) (Chandimal Herath 54*, Lahiru Abeysinghe 18*, Tharana Wimaladharma 2/27, Theeraka Ranathunge 2/40)
Trinity: 208 (78) (Ranuda Somaratne 50, Pawan Pathiraja 25, Tharana Wimaladharma 24, Manula Kularatne 23, Traveen Mathews 5/70, Jayodya Amarasena 2/26) and 49 for 1 (11) (Pawan Pathiraja 23)
By Special Correspondent