Under 19 school cricket.
ANANDA VS DHARMARAJA FOR THE P.W.PERERA MEMORIAL TROPHY.
Ananda VS Dharmaraja for the P.W.Perera Memorial Trophy will be played on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th at lake View Kandy. Ananda and Dharmaraja commenced playing with each other in 1893 when the Ananda Principal was late Mr.A.E.Bultjens and the Dharmaraja Principal was late Sir D.B.Jayatilake. P.W.Perera Trophy was introduced in 1999 by the Old Anandianas led by Sanjiva Senanayake in appreciation of the services rendered by Mr. P .W. Perera to raise the standard of cricket both at Dharmaraja and Ananda. Mr. P.W.Perera who played for Ananda from 1938 to 1941 captained Ananda in 1940 , and the combined Colleges team in 1941. His first cricket coaching assignment was at Dharmaraja as a member of the tutorial staff under the Principal Mr. L.H.Mettananda. Mr. P.W.Perera coached the 1941-42 and 1942-43 teams at Dharmaraja and joined the Department of Prisons in 1942 where he rose to the position of Superintendent of Prisons before his retirement. The 1942 and 43 cricket teams of Dharmaraj captained by T.B.Talwatta were outstanding with five centurians , T.B.Talwatta, P.L.Arthur Alwis, Raja Mettananda , S.G .Munasinghe and M.R.Gunawardana in the team. Rajans were considered unofficial cricket champions along with St Josep’s, the only other undefeated team amongst the schools. Dharmaraja came to be recognized as a leading cricket playing school after the success gained when Mr. P.W.Perera coached the team.
While serving in the Department of Prisons, stationed in Colombo, Mr. P.W.Perera took over coaching at Ananda in 1953 and continued till Anuruddha Polonnowita was given the task in 1973.Thereafter Mr. P.W.Perera was coaching the Ananda juniors till his demise in 2006. During Mr. P.W.Perera’s period of coaching , Ananda cricket blossomed and a galaxy of outstanding cricketers were produced. Dhanasiri weerasinghe , Sarath Wimalaratne, Sonny Yatawara , Sunil Wettamuni and Anuruddha Polonnowita are some of them. Junior cricket group under Mr. P.W Perera after 1973 was the nursery that produced a large number of Test cricketers from Ananda , including the world cup winning Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
P.W.Perera memorial Trophy is awarded only when the result is an outright victory , and Ananda having won the Trophy in the inaugural year 1999 retains it. The match played last year at Ananda Mawatha ended in a Draw with Ananda scoring 263 all out and Dharmaraja replying with 217 all out . In the second innings Ananda were 87 for 2 at close of play.