March is considered the ‘big match’ month and two big matches –Thurstan-Isipatana and Josephian-Peterite have just been concluded. The Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda is also set to conclude today and the pitch has now been laid for the world’s oldest uninterrupted inter-school encounter – the Battle of the Blues between Royal and S.Thomas’ to continue its 141 years of glorious cricketing traditions.
The long awaited inter-school big match season has just begun. The big match season gives a new rhythm as the schoolboys and their old boys get proactive with excitement and renew loyalty with true feelings for their schools. The big match season and the venues are the annul meeting places for old boys of their respective schools to meet, greet and swap yarns, especially those who have domiciled abroad flying down for the big occasion.
There is only three weeks to go before the oldest big match and the world’s oldest uninterrupted inter-school cricket encounter - the Battle of the Blues - between Royal and S. Thomas’ to be played. It is during this time that the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year gathers momentum. Now there is an added reason to feel proud because the Observer-Mobitel Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year too is run concurrently.
The Observer-Mobitel School Cricket awards has gained momentum over the years and accounts for almost half of the life story of Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer. The historic first ever school cricket awards show in Sri Lanka began exactly on the 50th anniversary of Sunday Observer
It was a pleasure to see the sponsors of the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year receiving a great sportsman as its Chairman in Rohan Fernando. As President of the Sri Lanka Rowing Association and ex-Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, Old Thomian Fernando was a superb rower during his day who has been appointed the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Telecom and SLT Mobitel.
The 2019/2020 inter-school cricket season will reach top gear before the all-important big matches with the first X1 matches in progress. All matches played in February have special significance to fine-tune their teams before going on to traditional big matches from the beginning of next month.
Sri Lanka’s oldest and Premier school cricket awards show – the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer contest, will be on the pitch for the 42nd year along with the newly introduced Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2020 for the third year. Ever since the beginning of this contest, there has been a tremendous interest in all corners of the country, making this the Mother-of-All-Shows, and inspired by the initiative given by the Sunday Observer there has been a couple of similar events that emerged.
Dynamic Kamil Mishara became only the fourth Royal College player to be crowed the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the 41-year-old cherished history of Sri Lanka’s oldest school cricket awards competition