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2019
Gunatilleke: A rare breed of Anandian cricketer
Sunday Observer: 16.06.2019
Dushan Malith Gunatilleke

Ananda College has been the most impressive team in school cricket and has produced the most number of Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of Year main award winners. They have claimed the Mega Award on no less than nine occasions out of the 40 awards ceremonies held during the past four decades. That includes two champions who had won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year titles on two occasions each – Arjuna Ranatunga (1980 and 1982) and Thilan Samaraweera (1994 and 1995).

2019
Gihan Rupasinghe fourth Nalandian to win
Sunday Observer: 09.06.2019
Fourth Nalandian to win the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year after Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha and Kumar Dharmasena - Gihan Rupasinghe in 2006.

Nalanda Vidyalaya has been a prominent educational institution not only academically but also in sports. Nalanda’s progress in sports has been mainly in cricket, producing some of the leading cricketers that the country has been lucky to have.

2019
Peiris: The Peterite who missed history
Sunday Observer: 02.06.2019
Flashback - Lahiru Peiris of St. Peter’s winning the title for the second successive time in 2005

Winning the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award and sporting the crown has been the dream of every schoolboy for over four decades. It has remained the most glorified title to win during a player’s school career. But how does it sound if a schoolboy were to be crowned three times with this dream title that has never happened.

2019
Maharoof: Wesley’s first international star
Sunday Observer: 26.05.2019

Former Sri Lanka Test and One Day International player Ferveez Maharoof was yet another promising star to emerge through the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer contest, sponsored by Mobitel. Following the unveiling new millennium stars of the Mega Show with Trinity’s Kaushalya Weeraratne in 2000 followed by Kaushal Lokuarachchi of St. Peter’s in 2001 and Sahan Wijeratne of Prince of Wales in 2002, Wesley College produced its first ever Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 2003.

2019
When a Cambrian shot to fame
Sunday Observer: 19.05.2019
Sahan Wijeratne - first ever Cambrian to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 2002

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year produced its first ever Cambrian who won the top award in Sahan Wijeratne who sported the crown in 2002 some 24 years after the inauguration of the event. The promising cricketer from Prince of Wales became the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 2002, the third in the new millennium after Kaushalya Weeraratne of Trinity College, Kandy in 2000 and Kaushal Lokuarachchi of St. Peter’s College in 2001.

2019
Whatever happened to Lokuarachchi?
Sunday Observer: 12.05.2019
Kaushal Lokuarachchi – Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2001

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest reached new horizons with the dawn of the new millennium. After 21 consecutive shows, Trinity’s Kaushalya Weeraratne won the top honours at the first Observer Cricketer of the Year in 2000.

2019
Weeraratne’s best still unsurpassed
Sunday Observer: 05.05.2019

The Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, which will be held for the 41st year this time, reached the new millennium when Kaushalya Weeraratne emerged the star at the Mega Show.

2019
Dream nears for best schoolboy players
Sunday Observer: 28.04.2019
Chinthana Jayasinghe, first cricketer from Dharmapala to become the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year

What excitement and enthusiasm is generated when the ‘Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year’ show draws near. The 41st MEGA SHOW, the mother of all shows conducted by the ‘Sunday Observer’ and sponsored by Mobitel will be held soon. With a few more weeks to go for this long awaited show, we continue to take a close look at past winners. Last week we discussed how Thilan Samaraweera was deprived of what would have been a record third win, something which no other school cricketer has achieved so far.

2019
The forgotten Nimesh
Sunday Observer: 21.04.2019

The excitement of school cricket will reach its climax when the country’s top schoolboy cricketers will be rewarded for their efforts after a strenuous 2018-19 season. That’s when the 41st Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year gala awards night will be held at a posh venue in Colombo shortly. School cricket’s premier and the first inter-school awards show will be sponsored by the country’s national mobile communication provider SLT Mobitel, under its dynamic CEO Nalin Perera.

2019
Down memory lane with the best
Sunday Observer: 14.04.2019

It is interesting to go down memory lane and find out what some of the Sri Lanka cricketers of yesteryear feel about the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest. ICC Chief Match Referee and former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle said the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and Sunday Observer should be complimented for keeping the show going for all these years. “Sponsors are essential. May the show continue for many years” he said.

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