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OBSERVER-MOBITEL Schoolboy Cricketer Sadeera expects to play for Sri Lanka

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.

Sadeera Samarawickrema

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 wicket-keeper.

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.


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