The annual staff encounter is held every year during the season of the Hill Country Battle of the Blues, where Trinity’s 1st XI team face the Anthonian 1st XI team.
This year the 12th Annual Staff Cricket and Netball encounter was held on 14th March, both at the Trinity College Junior School grounds.
The Staff Netball match was a thriller to watch with Trinity Staff team winning by 1 point. It was an end-to-end game played at a hectic pace, with Trinity dominating the scoring in the first quarter. St. Anthony’s fought back in the second quarter levelling the score. The second half started with Trinity again dominating the play initially. St. Anthony’s came back in the final quarter but Trinity held on to win 5 – 4.
The Trinity College Staff team was captained by Mrs Anju Dissanayake, a senior teacher in the Junior School. The Trinity College Staff team was as follows :
Anju Dissanayake (Captain)
Arosha Weerasignhe Manike
Mrs Anju Dissanaike was awarded the best shooter and Mrs Samadhi Batawalage was awarded the best player award.
The cricket encounter
This year the Trinity College Staff exhibited their talents outside the classroom marvellously as the Trinity College Staff Cricket team defeated the Anthonian Staff Cricket team by 46 runs. The Trinity College team was captained by Mr Sanoj Srinath , old boy and also the College football coach. The Trinity College Staff team was as follows :
Sanoj Srinath (Captain)
The match started with a slight delay and so the overs were reduced to 15. The Anthonians won the toss and elected to bowl.
Trinity scored an enormous 150 runs with four wickets at hand for their 15 overs, at a run rate of 10 runs per over. The highest scorer for Trinity was Mr Arthur Jenkyn-Jones who scored 35 runs. Mr Jenkyn-Jones is an intern teaching assistant at the Junior School, he joined Trinity beginning of this year, coming all the way from the United Kingdom. While Mr Patrick Elway, also an intern teaching assistant from the UK, scored 30 runs, and Mr Sanoj Srinath (captain) scored 25 runs.
After their impressive batting performance Trinity Staff bowled out the Anthonian Staff members for 104 runs in 14 overs. Bowling for Trinity, Mr Gihan Samarasekara, the Junior Boarding master who is also an old boy, grabbed 3 wickets and became the best bowler.
Mr Smith Rathnayake took five stunning catches and he was awarded the best fielder. Mr Jenkyn-Jones, who scored 35 runs with his expansive shots and who was an excellent fielder, effecting a run-out, was awarded the Man of the Match.
Review by Chamal Abeytunga