Ranjan Madugalle - Royal College,
Schoolboy Cricketer - 1979



Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer 2014 | PICTURE GALLERY


Charith Asalanka of Richmond College,Galle became the undisputed champion schoolboy cricketer for the year 2015 winning three major awards .
Asalanka won the most prestigious 37th Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award last week in a ceremony held at the Galadari Hotel main Ball Room .He has been representing his school Richmond and captaining theteam at all junior levels. The 2015/ 2016 school cricket season should be another significant year for him as he will be captaining the first XI . A fine left handed batsman and an useful off spin bowler , Asalanka has represented the Sri Lanka schools under 19 in major tournaments and have toured Bangladesh and played against England and Australia in a home series .  In this yearís Sunday Observer/ Mobitel contest besides the main Schoolboy Cricketer Award, Charith Asalanka won the National award for the Best All rounder and also was the runner up in the Most Popular contest in the platinum category . His ambition is one day to represent the country at the highest level.

Charith Asalanka of Richmond College, Galle who won the prestigious Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year receiving his award from Chief guest former Sri Lanka Test cricketer and renowned TV commentator Russel Arnold. Chairman Telecom/ Mobitel P.G.Kumarasinghe and ANCL Chairman /MD Kavan Rathnaya ke is also in the picture.

National award for the Best All-rounder. Charith Asalanka (Richmond) receiving his award from ANCL Chairman Kavan Ratnayake.

Akeel Inham of D.S.Senanayake College received the Best Batsman award in the platinum category from Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket Sidath Wettimuny. From left Director General Of Sports K.D.S.Ruwan Chandra, CEO Mobitel Ranjith Rubasinghe and Manager Channel / Publicity ANCL Chanaka Liyanageare also in the picture.

Platinum Best fielder; Kavinda Ratnayake of Dharmaraja College, Kandy receiving his award from DG Sports K.D.S.Ruwan Chandra.

Best batsman Gold; Pathum Nissanka Kalutara MV receiving his award from GM ANCL Abhaya Amaradasa.

Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer Platinum receiving his award from Sunday Observer Editor Lakshaman Gunasekera.

Most popular Schoolboy Cricketer platinum runner-up Charith Asalanka (Richmond) receiving his certificate from Sunday Observer Editor Lakshman Gunasekera. Dilrukshi Handunetti Associate Editor News is partly hidden in the picture.

Best bowler. Platinum. Raveen Sayer (Trinity) receiving his award from Ranjit Rubasinghe CEO Mobitel

Gold award Best all-rounder. Shamsul Muneer (St.Anthonyís, Wattala) receiving his award from Viraj Bois DGM Finance ANCL

National award Best batsman. Avishka Fernando (St.Sebastianís, Moratuwa) receiving his award from Sports Editor Sunday Observer Callistus Davy. AGM Technical D.M.K.Dasanayake is also in the picture

Platinum award for Best bowler runner-up: Dulanjan Seneviratne of Mahanama College receives his certificate from Kumara Gamhewa Director Batsman .Com. Director General Of Sports K.D.S.Ruwan Chandra, Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket Sidath Wettimuny and Ranjith Rubasinghe CEO Mobitel are also in the picture

Gold award Best batsman runner-up. Ashira Wageesha (St. Anthonyís, Wattala) receiving his certificate from Kumara Gamhewa GM Batsman.Com.

First runner-up Most Popular Gold category. Ramindu Nikeshala (Devapathiraja, Ratgama) receiving his certificate from Hana Ibrahim Associate Editor Sunday Observer. Editor Sunday Observer Lakshman Gunasekera and Dilrukshi Handunetti Associate Editor (News) is also in the picture.

Sahan Arachchige (Ananda College). Best batsman runner-up Platinum receiving his award from Sujeeva Jayathileke General Manager Sales And Distribution ANCL.

Best bowler National award. Asitha Madusanka Fernando ( St.Sebastianís, Katuneriya) receiving his award from AGM Technical D.M.K.Dasanayake.

Second runner -up Most Popular Gold. Ransith Upamal ( Dharmaloka, Kelaniya) receiving his certificate from Sunday Observer Advertising Mrs Rizwi Balquis . Hana Ibrahim Associate Editor Sunday Observer and Lakshman Gunasekera Editor Sunday Observer look on.

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Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Observer should be complemented for keeping the show going for all these years. Sponsors are essential to keep the show going. May the show continue for many years to come.

In the past, most of the winners of the top awards came from Colombo and its suburbs, but now, the outstation schools have come in a big way and it is a positive sign for the game.

Ranjan Madugalle
ICC Chief Match Referee & Former Sri Lanka captain


It is the dream of any schoolboy cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award. It's great for the Sunday Observer in continuing the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest for the 31st year from 1979 to encourage the budding schoolboy cricketers. I was particularly happy to see that the Northern Province will join up with the others in the competitions at the contest.

I am happy at the improvement of outstation cricket as the game has spread far and wide in the country. Many Sri Lankan cricketing giants of the past and the present are those who have either won the prestigious and coveted Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award or one of the many awards presented at the contest.

Arjuna Ranatunga
World Cup winning Captain

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