Lakshan (STC, Matara) and Ziraz (Madeena Central) win
Gold and Silver division contests:
Royalists Harith and Randev paved way for exciting Observer-Mobitel
Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year
Contest 2014 The intense struggle for supremacy between the two
Royalists Harith Samarasinghe and Randev Pathirana for twenty weeks
finally came to an end when Harith Samarasinghe emerged victorious,
polling 173,432 to Randev Pathirana’s 170,265 votes with a majority of
3167 to win the 36th Sunday Observer/Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy
Cricketer Of The Year 2014 title.
Winner Platinum segment
From the early stages of the contest, it was a battle between the two
Royalists Samarasinghe and Pathirana who were in the forefront with
entries pouring in a rapid pace for both contestants. Both received over
170,000 votes which was only second to the to the 2011 contest which
Ramith Rambukwella also from Royal College, Colombo was voted as the
Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year with a vote count of (248,
702) which is probably the highest so far in the 36-year-old history of
With the end of finding the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Most Popular
Schoolboy Cricketer Of The year the selection of The Schoolboy Cricketer
Of The Year on merit was also completed and the date for this much
awaited show will be notified in due course.
The main competition, the selection of the Schoolboy Cricketer Of The
Year is solely done on merit taking into consideration the manner how
the contestants fared during the last 2013/2014 school cricket season
and also taking other achievements into account such as performances at
Runner up Platinum segment
There were two important international cricket tournaments where the
Sri Lankans participated this year. It was the Under 19 Asia Cup and the
Under 19 World Cup, both tournaments held in the United Arab Emirates
within a short period of time.
The players performances in those tournaments, coupled their
performances in the school cricket tournaments were given preferences.
Some players had to skip many school cricket matches due to their
commitment with the national squad, either being in the squad or playing
in the final team.
The main competition and even the Most Popular segment has paved the
way for many schoolboy cricketers to come into the limelight and in the
years gone by Dinesh Chandimal (2009), Ramith Rambukwella (2011 Most
Popular), Niroshan Dicwella (2012) finding their way into the national
Winner Gold segment
The contest has also benefitted many players from the outstation
schools especially from down south and the hill capital. With the
contest being broad-based as ‘Platinum’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ many award
winning opportunities have been created for the non-Colombo based
schools which will no doubt be a great encouragement for those lads.
This year’s winner in the division 111 ‘Silver’ is Mohammed Ziras a
youngster from Madeena Central College in Kandy, with an encouraging
vote count of 40,240, Dilshan Kanchana from Devapathiraja, Kandy came
second, polling 37,847 votes.
The ‘Silver’ category has exposed more players from rural areas with
Zaafi Zarook (Vidyaloka ,Galle), Hareen Samarasinghe (Madampe MV,
Ambalangoda), Sanjaya Wanninayake (U.B.Wanninayake MV, Galagedera) from
schools that entered the competition for the first time.
In the ‘Gold’ segment for division 11 schools, Lasith Lakshan from
St.Thomas’, College, Matara has been the favourite among the readers as
he was placed first with 46,820 votes and Tharaka Dananjaya of Carey
College, Colombo secured the second place with 45,125 votes.
Matara has been a famous destination for continuously bringing out
the best of Sri Lanka cricket with it’s living embodiment Sanath
Jayasuriya who was once a recipient of the Outstation Schoolboy