OBSERVER-MOBITEL Schoolboy Cricketer Sadeera expects to play for Sri
As any schoolboy cricketer's ambition is to one represent the country
at the highest level, the SUNDAY OBSERVER/MOBITEL Schoolboy Cricketer Of
The Year Sadeera Samarawickrema 's intentions were quite clear as he
became only the second player from St.Joseph's to win the richest school
cricket award since Josephian Rohan Weerakkody won it in 1987.
Samarawickrema was an active member of the Josephian 1st XI cricket
team for five consecutive years and played a vital role for his school
as an opening batsman and a wicket keeper. During his five year tenure
in the team he had developed to be a sound opening batsman and a steady
Samarawickrema's confidence in both forms of the game has given the
side a tremendous boost and has inspired the rest of the team members to
build the Josephian cricket team as a threat to the other schools.
Winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year Trophy has been
one of my ambitions from the day I played serious cricket for my school.
It is no doubt a big leap towards big time cricket and I am confident
that I can make the grade up to the highest level said Samarawickrema.
Most of the players who have won the award has gone to represent the
country. Former Trinity wicket-keeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella is the
latest addition to the list of the Schoolboy Cricketers who have won the
award and gone on to play for the country in quick succession. Earlier
in 2009, Anandian Dinesh Chandimal won the award and represented the
country in double quick time.
Samarawickrema believes that his confidence and concentration has
given him the power to overcome many situations while playing. He was a
member of the Sri Lanka Under 19 team in the Youth World Cup played in
Dubai this year, and later he also played against Youth teams from
India, Australia and Bangladesh.
Samarawicrema savours the 80 runs which he got against England in the
Youth World Cup. Samarawickrema has still not got a chance to play in
any of the 'A' teams, but given the opportunity, he is positive that he
could perform well as the modern day cricket is very competitive.
Two Joes took away two major trophies at the National competition in
this year's Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year contest. Samarawickrea won
the main award in addition to being judged as the Best Batsman.
The other Joe-Priyamal Perera too, had a prolific school cricket
season and a Sri Lanka Under 19 representative, carried away the Best
Fielder's Trophy at the National segment.
Both, Samarawickrema and Perera were Sri Lanka schools
representatives and paid the highest tribute to the contest which has
lasted over three decades. They said that many school cricketers feel
that winning a trophy at the contest is something like a key to forge
ahead in the one's cricketing career. "We feel that many versatile
cricketers are coming through the system and sincerely hope that the
contest will be long lasting, the two cricketers remarked.