OBSERVER-MOBITEL - rich awards for top schoolboy cricketers
The selection panel of the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy
Cricketer of The Year contest posing for a photograph along
with the Sri Lanka Cricket Officials, members of the ACUSL
and the Sri Lanka schools Cricket Association officials at
the Bougainvillea Ballroom of Hotel Galadari. Seated from
left: Sarathchandra Silva (Vice President SLSCA), Shirosha
Gunatileka (President ACUSL), Kithsiri Liyanagama (Principal
Ananda College, Colombo and President SLSCA), Hashan
Tillekeratne (National Selector), Bandula Padmakumara
(Chairman ANCL), Nalin Perera (Senior GM Marketing Sri Lanka
Telecom-Mobitel), Dilshan de Silva (Secretary SLSCA),
Carlton Bernadus (Operations Manager SLC), Jagath Senaratne
(Tournament Committee Chairman). Standing from left: Saman
Mohan (Secretary ACUSL, Southern Province), Kapila Jayalath
(Secretary ACUSL), Nihal Fernando (Treasurer ACUSL),
Nishantha Dissanayake (Secretary ACUSL, Central Province),
Saman Hewavitharana (Assignment Secretary ACUSL), Sisira
Weerasinghe (Selector SLSCA), Saman Hettiarachchi (Secretary
ACUSL, Western Province) J.A.K.S. Indrajith (Under 19
Tournament Secretary) Pic: Susantha Wijegunasekera.
The winners of the 36th SUNDAY OBSERVER/MOBITEL SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER
OF THE YEAR CONTEST were picked last Tuesday by a distinguished panel of
umpires from the Association Of Cricket Umpires and officials from Sri
Lanka Cricket at the Bougainvillea Ballroom of the Hotel Galadari. The
winners and the respective schools will be revealed soon.
Like in the previous year the winners were picked in three segments
namely platinum, gold and silver besides the National awards which is
the highest recognition in the contest preserving the identity of the
Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Contest.
The schools playing in the division one tournament of the SLSCA under
19 tournament are eligible for the ‘Platinum’ Contest while schools
competing in the SLSCA division two and three are pitted in the ‘Gold’
and ‘Silver’ segments.
The winners were picked strictly on merit, based on their performance
displayed at the school cricket season. There were also special areas
that the selection panel looked into, such as a player’s performance at
national level. In the Under 19 Asia Cup and the under 19 World Cup
which took place this year. Many players who were pooled for the above
tournaments had to skip many of their school games due to national
commitment with the under 19 squads. A couple of players who performed
well in the Under 19 Asia Cup and World Cup have won awards in this
(Nominees): Shanuka Dulaj (Prince Of Wales), Minhaj Jaleel (Thurstan),
Nikzy Ahmed (Zahira, Colombo), Dineth Hewathanthri (St. Peter’s),
Sadeera Samarawickrema (St. Joseph’s), Priyamal Perera (St. Joseph’s),
Kusal Mendis (Prince of Wales), Thilaksha Sumanasiri (S. Thomas’),
Ramesh Mendis (Dharmasoka), Sangeeth Cooray (St. Sebastian’s), Kevin
Bandara (DSS), Shenal Fernando (Joseph Vaz).
Second Round: Shanuka Dulaj, Minhaj Jaleel, Nikzy Ahamed, Sadeera
Samarawickrema, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis.
Best Bowler (Nominees): Binura Fernando (D.S. Senanayake), Ramesh
Mendis (Dharmasoka), Chamika Karunaratne (Royal), Roshan Anurudha (Gurukula,
Kelaniya), Anuk Fernando (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa), Harsha Rajapaksa (Rahula,
Matara), Raveen Sayer (Trinity), Malith Mahela de Silva ( ), Isuru
Chaturanga ( )
Second Round: Binura Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne,
Anuk Fernando, Raveen Sayer.
(Nominees): Priyamal Perera (St. Joseph’s), Yasith Chamod ( ), Ron
Chandragupta (Trinity), Vamindu Hasaranga (Richmond), Ramesh Ranasinghe
(Dharmaraja), Sithara Gimhana (Richmond).
Second Round: Priyamal Perera, Ron Chandragupta, Ramesh Ranasinghe.
Best all-rounder (Nominees): Mahela de Silva (Mahinda), Thanusha
Iddamalgoda (Lumbini), Ramesh Mendis (Dharmasoka), Sanjika Ridma (St.
Servatius, Matara), Shanuka Dulaj (Prince Of Wales), Chamara Nishantha (Lumbini),
Thenuka Dabare (Lumbini), Madushan Ravichandrakumar (S. Thomas’, Mount
Second round: Mahela de Silva, Thanusha Iddamalgoda, Ramesh Mendis,
Sanjika Ridma, Shanuka Dulaj.
(Nominees): Minhaj Jaleel (Thurstan), Shenuka Dulaj (Prince Of
Wales), Nikzy Ahmed (Zahira, Colombo), Dineth Hewathanthri (St.
Peter’s), Ramesh Mendis (Dharmasoka), Sangeeth Cooray (St. Sebastian’s),
Kevin Bandara (D.S. Senanayake), Shehan Fernando (Joseph Vaz, Wennappuwa).
Second round: Minhaj Jaleel, Nikzy Ahmed, Dineth Hewathanthri,
Best bowler (Nominees): Raveen Sayer (Trinity), Mahela de Silva (Mahinda),
Sahan Nanayakkara (St. Peter’s), Vimukthi Madushan (Royal, Panadura),
Isuru Gunasekera (Ananda), Shaluka Deemantha (De Mazenod, Kandana).
Second round: Raveen Sayer, Mahela de Silva, Sahan Nanayakkara, Isuru
Best Fielder (Nominees): Yasith Chamodh (Royal, Panadura), Ron
Chandragupta (Trinity), Wanidu Hasaranga (Richmond), Pasindu Ishara (Ananda).
Second round: Yasith Chamod, Ron Chandragupta.
(Nominees): Tharaka Dananjaya (Carey), Lasith Lakshan (St. Thomas’,
Matara), Jacob Sachin (St. Anthony’s, Wattala), Thilina Vimukthi Perera
(Sri Pangnananda, Raddoluwa), Chalana Dilshan (Taxila, Horana), Pathum
Nissanka (Kalutara MV), Ishara Somathileka (Kegalle MV) Charith
Second round: Tharaka Dananjaya, Lasith Lakshan, Jacob Sachin,
Charith Rajapaksa (Carey).
Best Bowler (Nominees): Yasiri Sugantha (Rahula, Matara), Kasun
Tharaka (P. de. S. Kularatne MV), Ashan Perera (St. Anthony’s, Wattala),
Charith Rajapaksa (Carey), Chatura Nisad (St. Sebastian’s, Katuneriya)
Pasan Samaratunga (Rahula, Matara), Dilip Tharaka (St. Thomas’, Matara),
Tharaka Somathileka (Kegalle MV).
(Nominees): Indika Thamal (Kegalle MV), Indika Gunasekera (Kegalle
MV), Shehan Dinuka (St. Sebastian’s, Katuneriya), Rusiri Akshaya (St.
Thomas’ Matara), Tharaka Dananjaya (Carey).
Second round: Indiuka Thamal, Indika Gunasekera, Rusiru Akshaya.
(Nominees): Dilshan Kanchana (Devapathiraja, Ratgama), Raminu
Nikeshala (Nimesh Vimukthi (Mahanama, Panadura)
Best Fielder. Not awarded.
Best Bowler (Nominees): Brendon Ebert (St. Thomas’, Kotte), Dilshan
Kanchana (Devapathiraja), Raveen Yasas (Devapathiraja)
Best School Team (National Award)
Nominees: St. Peter’s, Richmond
Best School Team - Western Province
(Nominees): St. Peter’s, Lumbini MV, S. Thomas’ Mount Lavinia.
Best School Team - Southern Province
(Nominees): Richmond, Mahinda, Dharmasoka, St. Servatius, St. Thomas’, Matara.
Best school team Northern Province
(Nominees): St. Patrick’s, Jaffna, St. John’s, Jaffna.
Best Schools Team Central Province
(Nominees): Trinity, Dharmasoka, St. Sylvester’s, Vidyartha, Kingswood
Best Schools Team North Central Province
(Nominees): No nominees
Best Schools Team Sabaragamuwa Province
(Nominees): Kegalu MV, St. Mary’s, Kegalle.
Best School Team Uva/Eastern Province
S. Thomas’, Bandarawela, Bandarawela Central.
Best Behaved team: To be named
Best Teams Best School Team for National Awards
(Nominees): St. Peter’s, Richmond, Ananda, St. Joseph’s, S. Thomas’, Mahinda, Galle.
Best School Team Western Province
(Nominees): Ananda, Lumbini, St. Joseph’s.
Best School Team North Western Province
(Nominees): Maliyadeva and Joseph Vaz, Wennappuwa.
Best Up and Coming Team: To be named