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2020
The rose that bloomed from thorns
Sunday Observer: 22.11.2020
Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year Nimesha Wijesundara

The 2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year Nimesha Wijesundara, the captain of Marapola Maha Vidyalaya, Minuwangoda said that she was delighted to climb on top after she finished runner-up last year. The 19-year-old lass from Minuwangoda in the Gampaha district was the runner up in the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year contest in 2019 when her team was ranked sixth among cricket playing girls schools in the country.

2020
Most popular Jayaweera targets slot of flag-waving hero
Sunday Observer: 15.11.2020
Anuda Jayaweera of Ananda College - the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year

The 2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, Anuda Jayaweera of Ananda College, Colombo 10 said he was delighted to be voted for the rich prize. In his maiden interview after the title was decided last week, the 18-year-old Ananda opening batsman said his next aim is to become the 2021 Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.

2020
Jayaweera and WijesundEra the victorious duo
Sunday Observer: 08.11.2020
2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year, Nimesh Wijesundera of Marapola MV, Minuwangoda and 2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, Anuda Jayaweera of Ananda College, Colombo

Anuda Jayaweera of Ananda College, Colombo 10 became the 2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year as the voting concluded last weekend. Nimesh Wijesundera of Marapola MV, Minuwangoda accounted for the 2020 Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year as the counting ended last Monday.

2020
Most popular cricketers to be announced on Sunday
Daily News: 06.11.2020
Ranatunga family - (from left) son Dhyan, daughter-in-law Denushka, wife Samadara, Arjuna and daughter Thiyangie

The winners of the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year will be announced on Sunday (8). The last set of polling coupons were accepted until last Monday. The heavy polling in the first term had a temporary shutdown in the last week of March due to Covid-19 pandemic. But once it was overcome after a short break, the voting gathered its momentum again.

2020
School cricketer popularity under final test
Sunday Observer: 01.11.2020
Minhaj Jaleel of Thurstan College, Colombo received the Platinum Award for Best Batsman from Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga in 2014. Looking on at right is Senior Associate Editor of the Sunday Observer Dudley Jansz

Polling for the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year will end tomorrow after some strenuous last few weeks. The heavy polling in the first term had a temporary shut down in the last week of March due to Covid-19 pandemic. But once it was overcome after a short break, the voting gathered its momentum again.

2020
Ananda boy leads but surprises can spring
Sunday Observer: 25.10.2020
Hashan Tillekaratne
Only six days are away from determining the winner of the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer and Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer for 2020. The 42nd Obsever-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year 2020 is organized by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer and sponsored by the country’s national mobile service provider Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel.
 
The voting for the 42nd Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer and Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer close on October 31, 2020. 
2020
Kings who won their crowns
Sunday Observer: 18.10.2020

Over the past 42 years, all top Sri Lanka cricketers have commended the exemplary role played by the Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. They lavishly praised the role played by Sri Lanka’s flagship English newspaper the Sunday Observer in rewarding tomorrow’s cricketing stars.

2020
Fingers crossed but always a straight bat
Sunday Observer: 11.10.2020
FLASHBACK: Sadeera Samarawickrema of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo was awarded the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel on October 15, 2014. Pic: Sulochana Gamage

The 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year is likely to be postponed after the Covid-19 pandemic bounced back as the Brandix cluster produced more than 1,000 corona virus positive cases. About a week ago, Sri Lanka was gradually returning to normalcy with some 140 odd Covid-19 positive cases after the mid-March breakout of the deadly virus. Hence, the health authorities had given to green light for the Mega Show with the Colombo Municipal Council too granting its approval.

2020
Covid-19 put Mega Show on hold
Daily News: 08.10.2020
42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year

The unexpected developments in the country with the Covid-19 epidemic has forced us to postpone the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year. Although we originally planned to host the 2020 Mega Show at the BMICH on November 18, it seems that we will be unable go ahead due the latest Covid-19 developments in the Brandix cluster.

Hence it is too early to take a decision on the date with more than a month to go, we have decided to closely monitor the developments and follow the Government regulations. On the other hand, we are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times.

2020
The show must and will go on
Sunday Observer: 04.10.2020
Chief Executive Officer of SLT Mobitel Nalin Perera (third from left) handing over the sponsorship of the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year to Director Legal and Administration Rakhitha Abeygunawardhana (fourth from left) while Manager Channel Publicity Chanaka Liyanage (extreme left), Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Observer Dinesh Weerawansa (second from left), ANCL General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa (second from right) and DGM Marketing Waruna Mallawaarachchi extreme right) look on

We are extremely happy to see more school cricket awards coming up to reward schoolboy cricketers in recent times. After all, it is the country’s budding schoolboy cricketers who will be rewarded at the end after a strenuous season. But at the same time, it is sad that none of those copied school cricket award shows are taking place this year, making the Observer School Cricket Awards show the Mother of All Battles.

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