Wellalage and Kaushalya top the Most Popular ranks
Sunday Observer: 25.09.2022
Sahan Wijeratne, first ever Cambrian to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 2002, exactly two decades ago

Dunith Wellalage of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and Chushadi Kaushalya of Dharmapala College Pannipitiya emerged Observer SLT Mobitel Most Popular School Cricketers of the Year 2022. When the voting for the most popular contests concluded last week, Wellalage and Kaushalya headed the respective Observer SLT Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Cricketers of the Year 2022 with convincing margins. Sri Lanka Under-19 skipper Wellalage polled 44,564 votes to head the Observer SLT Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy of the Year 2022 – 4,567 votes ahead of his closest contender Rusanda Gamage of St. Peter’s College, Colombo with 39,997 votes.

Rajapakse the white ball rover to win laurels
Sunday Observer: 18.09.2022
Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer in 2010 Bhanuka Rajapakse receives the title from Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer in 2011 Bhanuka Rajapakse receives the glittering trophy from chief guest Muttiah Muralidaran in 1991

Little over a decade ago, then Royal College captain Bhanuka Rajapakse won the Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in back to back years. Having won the prestigious titles in 2010 and 2011, the first Royalist to get that rear honour, he became the man of the final in Sri Lanka’s 23-run triumph over Pakistan in Dubai last Sunday. Rajapakse, an aggressive left-handed batsman, faced just 45 balls to score an unbeaten 71 with three sixes and six fours in the final. Thus, he had a commanding strike rate of 157.77.

Talented Lokuarachchi in the wrong place at the wrong time
Sunday Observer: 11.09.2022
Kaushal Lokuarachchi became the second schoolboy from St. Peter’s College to win the coveted Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2001

The Sri Lanka Under-19 team concluded their three-week tour of England with the third Youth ODI in Leicester yesterday. Although Sri Lanka U-19 won their two-Test Youth series, England U-19 bounced back to take the U-19 ODI series. England U-19 had an exciting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka U-19 in the first Youth ODI played in Worcester earlier this week. Sri Lanka U-19, put into bat, did well to continue their batting form from Youth Tests to limited overs making 248 for 9 in their game reduced to 48 per side game.

Sri Lanka youth well showcased in England
Sunday Observer: 04.09.2022
Chintaka Jayasinghe, the first cricketer from Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya to become the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1997-Chintaka Jayasinghe

The Sri Lanka Under-19 team, comprising the most outstanding schoolboy cricketers in the recently concluded 2021-2022 inter-school season, showed their class by winning their two-match Youth Test series against England Under-19 last week. The Lankan lads began their tour of England by winning the first Under-19 Youth Test by three wickets in Chelmsford. They drew the second Youth Test taking major honors. Thus, Sri Lanka Under-19 beat England Under-19 one-nil in their two-Test Youth series with one drawn.

Pradeep Hewage: A cricketer that bloomed now regrets the buds are fading
Sunday Observer: 28.08.2022
Pradeep Hewage – Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in1998

It was nice to see the cream of schoolboy cricketers in the recently concluded 2021-2022 inter-school season being rewarded for their hard work with a tour of England. The touring Sri Lanka Under-19 team began their assignments with the first Youth Test against the England Under-19, concluded in Chelmsford last Wednesday. The Lankan team, led by Nalanda and Tamil Union batsman Raveen de Silva, did well to score 407 all out in their first innings with Katugastoda Antonian Asitha Wanninayake making a top score of 132 off 315 balls with 19 fours.

When Nimesh Perera performed the unthinkable against Muralidaran
Sunday Observer: 21.08.2022
Nimesh Perera – when he won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in1996

When spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran as a promising schoolboy cricketer from St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota completed back to back years capturing over 100 wickets each in the1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons, it always seemed a tough record to better. But within the next five years, yet another spinner emerged – this time from St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, bettered those schools records by capturing a total of 264 wickets in two seasons. Modara Muthugalage Don Nimesh Randika Gayan Perera, born September 5 in 1977 in Colombo, was a genuine all-rounder - an aggressive left-handed middle to lower order batsman and a leg spinner.

Ranatunga now the biggest think-tank of Sri Lanka sports
Sunday Observer: 14.08.2022
Minister of Sports, Roshan Ranasinghe presenting the appointment letter as the Chairman of the National Sports Council to former Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga

Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga was appointed the new chairman of the elite National Sports Council last week. The appointment letter was handed over to him by Minister of Sports, Roshan Ranasinghe. Addressing the distinguished gathering which included Minister Ranasinghe and Secretary to the Ministry of Sports Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, the former Sri Lanka cricket captain turned ex-Cabinet Minister at one time said it was an honour to chair the distinguished committee on the invitation of the Minister.

Sajith Fernando deserved more than he got
Sunday Observer: 06.08.2022
After Sanjeewa Ranatunga, Kumar Dharmasena, Marvan Atapattu and Muttiah Muralidaran marked the second glorious era in the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year series, Sajith Fernando was the next big time winner in 1992

Last year’s Observer SLT Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year, Sadisha Rajapakse produced a superb performance with the bat and ball to guide Royal to a convincing eight-wicket win over S. Thomas in their 45th Mustangs Trophy encounter at the SSC ground last week. Rajapakse (2 for 45) and Damith Kappagoda (2 for 19) produced two lovely spells as Royal restricted their opponents to an unimpressive 190 for 8 wickets in 50 overs.

Big match blues and a firebrand Joe who lit up school cricket
Sunday Observer: 30.07.2022
Rohan Weerakkody who won the top award – Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1987

The 143rd Battle of the Blues between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College ended in a tame draw at the SSC ground last week. Thus, almost all key big matches were concluded, but with only the Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda producing a result. S. Thomas’ lost five early wickets but late fight backs by Senesh Hettiarachchi (55) and Charuka Peiris (51) helped them to make 242 in 106.2 overs. Gishan Balasooriya (3 for 56), Sandesh Ramanayake (2 for 16) and Ramiru Perera (2 for 36) shared the wickets for Royal.

Mixed bag at big matches and a forgotten legend
Sunday Observer: 24.07.2022
Kaushalya Weeraratne emerged the star at the Mega Show in 1999-2000

The 2021-2022 inter-school under-19 season main matches will end with the conclusion of the 143rd Battle of the Blues between Royal and S. Thomas’ at the SSC ground, Colombo. Following Nalanda’s memorable win over Ananda in the Battle of the Maroons big match after almost seven decades, the Battle of the Saints between St. Joseph’s and St. Peter’s ended in a draw this week. Opener Sadeesh Jayawardena stroked an unbeaten 103 for St. Joseph’s while St Peter’s College took major honours in their drawn encounter played at the P Sara Oval.