Top official Ranjan Madugalle to make main awards
Ranjan Madugalle - A fine batsman, a true leader Schoolboy
Cricketer award winner in 1979 and 1980. Chief Match Referee of
ICC - the Chief Guest for the Observer-Mobitel School Cricket
Awards ceremony on July 18.
CRICKET: Top flight entertainment will add spice to the 30th
Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards ceremony to be
held on July 18 at the BMICH. The mega show is brought up to pay tribute
to the school cricketers who dished out superb performances to thrill
school cricket fans in all parts of the country.
There will be top-drawer entertainment too with Bhathiya and Santhush
leading the way.
In having a show of this nature Observer and Mobitel have had the
good fortune of having the ready co-operation of Sri Lanka Cricket, Sri
Lanka Schools Cricket Association and members of the Association of
Cricket Umpires and Scorers Sri Lanka, Central Province Cricket Umpires
Association and Southern Province Cricket Umpires Association.
To have a show of this magnitude sponsors play a vital role and in
Mobitel the organisers have got a willing partner to give the schoolboy
cricketers and their supporters a really enjoyable time that will be
remembered for many years to come.
A show of this nature will also need someone special to be the chief
guest and without batting an eyelid the name that cropped up was none
other than a former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year - Ranjan
Madugalle, who, after his school days at Royal College, went on to
captain Sri Lanka and then brought honour to the country by being picked
as the Chief Match Referee of the International Cricket Conference.
The value of having Madugalle as chief guest at this show has been
stressed as he is one cricketer that everybody looks up to as his
knowledge of the game is such that what he says will be taken note of by
the young cricketers and the elder folk as well.
. Galaxy of stars
Besides Madugalle, a galaxy of stars who illuminated the Observer
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year show in years gone by winning top awards
at the show Arjuna Ranatunga, Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya, all
went on to captain Sri Lanka and they will also be there to give the
event that all important look and to encourage the schoolboys to perform
Speaking about Sanath Jayasuriya who has really hit the top in
big-time cricket, he has also been a winner in the Observer Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Segment when he was playing for
St. Servatius College, Matara.
Also gracing the mega event will be ministers Anura Priyadarshana
Yapa, Susil Premajayantha, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, Gamini Lokuge and
Bandula Basnayake as guests.
Besides the top award for the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, there
will also be the selection of the Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer of the
Year and other sectional awards. Then the readers of the Sunday Observer
and other ANCL papers have also contributed much in voting for their
favourite schoolboy cricketers in the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular
Schoolboy Cricketer (All-Island) and (Outstation).
Fernandopulle in front
Ruwantha Fernandopulle - the Josephian skipper is in front in the
All-Island Contest with a good lead and in second place is Naveen
Kavikara of D. S. Senanayake College followed by Anandian Udara Peiris
in third place. In the Outstation Contest, Rashitha Dilan of
Bandaranayake M.V., Gampaha is on top with Shehan Silva of Joseph Vaz
College and Chandimal Pathirana of St. Anne’s, Kurunegala in second and
third place respectively. Voting in the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular
Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year All-Island and Outstation will end on
July 10th, 2008 at 12 noon.
The last voting coupons will appear in the Daily News, Dinamina and
Thinakaran on July 9. In the Sunday Observer, the last coupon will
appear on July 6.
All cricket fans and readers are requested to send the coupons in
time and results will be announced in the Sunday Observer of July 13.
Past winners of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year -
1979: Ranjan Madugalle (Royal)
1980: Arjuna Ranatunga (Ananda)
1981: Rohan Buultjens (St. Peter’s College)
1982: Arjuna Ranatunga (Ananda)
1983: Roshan Mahanama (Nalanda)
1984: Roshan Mahanama (Nalanda)
1985: Asanka Gurusinghe (Nalanda)
1986: Roshan Jurangpathy (Royal)
1987: Rohan Weerakkody (St. Joseph’s College)
1988: Sanjeewa Ranatunga (Ananda)
1989: Kumar Dharmasena (Nalanda)
1990: Marvan Atapattu (Ananda)
1991: Muttiah Muralitharan (St. Anthony’s, Katugastota)
1992: Sajith Fernando (St. Anthony’s, Katugastota)
1993: Naveed Nawas (D. S. Senanayake College)
1994: Thilan Samaraweera (Ananda)
1995: Thilan Samaraweera (Ananda)
1996: Nimesh Perera (St. Sebastians College
1997: Chinthaka Jayasinghe (Dharmapala Vidyalaya)
1998: Pradeep Hewage (St. Benedict’s College)
1999: Muthumudalige Pushpakumara (Ananda)
2000: Kaushalya Weeraratne (Trinity College)
2001: Kaushal Lokuarachchi (St. Peter’s College)
2002: Sahan Wijeratne (Prince of Wales College)
2003: Farvees Maharoof (Wesley College)
2004 and 2005: The main contest was not held, but the Observer Most
Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest - Lahiru Peiris of St.
Peter’s College was the winner on both occasions.
2006: Gihan Rupasinghe (Nalanda)
2007: Malith Gunathileka (Ananda)