Only 215 votes separate top runner Samarasinghe from Pathirana in
Picking the readers winning coupons at the end of count
number 14 in the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy
Cricketer of the Year. From Left: Rodney Martinesz (Senior
Associate Editor, Daily News), Ms. B.P. Pushpika (Chief
Administrative Officer, ANCL) and M.O. Jayah (DGM, Pre-Press
and Administration). Picture by Thilak Perera.
A close tussle is on, in all three segments, Platinum, Gold and
Silver in the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer
of the Year Contest this year.
Harith Samarasinghe (48,207) of Royal College, Colombo managed to
maintain his lead with a majority of 215 votes over his closest rival
and teammate Randev Pathirana (47,992) in the ‘Platinum’ Contest for
division one schools at the end of count number 14.
In the ‘Gold’ segment the lead was even slender when Tharaka
Dananjaya (31,149) of Carey College was pushed down to number two by St.
Thomas’, Matara’s Lasith Lakshan who polled in (31,274) to obtain a 125
majority and take the top spot.
In the ‘Silver’ segment for division III schools Zaafi Zarook of
Vidyaloka, Galle was still at the top with a vote count of 23,511 votes
to Devapathiraja MV’s Dilshan Kanchana (23,104) with a lead of 407