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‘Mother of all shows’ rewards school cricket talent
Daily News: 16.12.2021

The 43rd annual Observer SLT-Mobitel School Cricket Awards Ceremony concluded on a grand scale at the BMICH on Tuesday night with Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College, Galle and Nethmi Senaratne of Wadduwa Central being crowned as the Best School Boy and Girl Cricketers respectively. The school boys and girls who performed in 2021 school cricket season received their awards from Chief Guest, 1996 Cricket World Cup winning Sri Lanka Captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

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43rd Observer SLT-Mobitel School Cricket Awards Ceremony
Daily News: 15.12.2021

The 43rd annual Observer SLT-Mobitel School Cricket Awards Ceremony concluded on a grand scale at the BMICH last night with Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College, Galle and Nethmi Senaratne of Wadduwa Central being crowned as the Best School Boy and Girl Cricketer respectively. Here they are receiving their awards from Chief Guest, 1996 Cricket World Cup winning Sri Lanka Captain Arjuna Ranatunga. ANCL Chairman W. Dayaratne PC, Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Observer Dinesh Weerawansa, CEO of SLT Mobitel Kiththi Perera looks on among others. Pictures by Sulochana Gamage

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Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketer Awards today
Daily News: 14.12.2021

SLT Mobitel and ANCL’s flagship Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Observer have teamed up again to reward the country’s outstanding school cricketers today. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to disrupt all events worldwide for almost two years, the Sunday Observer and its principal sponsor SLT Mobitel were extremely lucky to beat all overwhelming odds to host both the 2020 event and now the 2021 extravaganza.

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School cricket stars to be crowned today at ‘Mega Show’
Daily News: 14.12.2021

The stage is set for the greatest extravaganza in local school cricket – the 43rd Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketers of the Year 2021 which will be held at the BMICH, Colombo 7 commencing from 5.15 pm today. Prior to the commencement of the official program this evening, the super giant screen erected at the BMICH centre will screen the highlights of the 1996 ICC World Cup final between Sri Lanka and Australia won by the Lions.

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Observer SLT Mobitel Schools Cricketer Awards tomorrow
Daily News: 13.12.2021

SLT Mobitel and ANCL’s flagship Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Observer have teamed up again to reward the country’s outstanding school cricketers tomorrow. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to disrupt all events worldwide for almost two years, the Sunday Observer and its principal sponsor SLT Mobitel were extremely lucky to beat all overwhelming odds to host both the 2020 event and now the 2021 extravaganza.

Observer-SLT Mobitel Most Popular School Cricketers
2021
Sadisha Rajapakse and Nimesha Tharuni crowned winners
Sunday Observer: 12.12.2021

Sadisha Rajapakse of Royal College, Colombo 7 and W.P. Nimesha Tharuni of Marapola MV, Veyangoda have been voted the Observer-SLT Mobitel Most Popular School Cricketers of the Year. Rajapaksa, who top scored with 66 runs off 77 balls with seven boundaries and captured 2 wickets for 17 runs for Sri Lanka under-19 in their fifth and final Youth One Day International against the touring England under-19 team at the SSC grounds on Friday, polled 21,000 votes in the final week’s voting which concluded yesterday.

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Stage set for school cricketers’ most cherished moments
Sunday Observer: 12.12.2021
Chandana Wickremasinghe Dance Troupe

The super powers of SLT Mobitel and the Sunday Observer have been able to build up a super stage once more to reward the country’s outstanding school cricketers this week. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic threatening to disrupt all events worldwide for almost two years, the Sunday Observer and its principal sponsor SLT Mobitel were extremely lucky to beat all overwhelming odds to host both the 2020 event and now the 2021 extravaganza.

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School Cricketer of the Year - finale on Dec. 14
Sunday Observer: 05.12.2021

Former two-time winner of the Sunday Observer School Cricketer of the Year contest and ex-Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga will be the chief guest at the 43rd Observer-SLT Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year grand finale at the BMICH on December 14, commencing at 5.15 pm. The event is sponsored by SLT-Mobitel for the 15th successive year. Ex-Cabinet Minister Ranatunga who won the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year titles in 1980 and 1982, is best remembered for leading Sri Lanka to win the 1996 Cricket World Cup tournament.

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Sanjeewa Ranatunga: Coaches should build teams, not win at any cost
Sunday Observer: 05.12.2021
Sanjeewa Ranatunga - the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1988, receives his cherished award from chief guest, former Sri Lanka captain Michael Tissera

Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga will grace the 43rd Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year grand awards ceremony to be held at the BMICH, Colombo on December 14, commencing at 5.15 pm. More than any of the past top award winners, Ranatunga has maintained a strong affiliation with the oldest and only uninterrupted schools awards ceremony ever since he first won the highest award way back in 1980 – some 41 years ago.

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‘School cricket, a mixture of good and bad’
Sunday Observer: 28.11.2021

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya was the chief guest at the 42nd Observer-SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year mega awards ceremony at the BMICH last April. Here Jayasuriya, along with his son Ranuk, was welcomed to the venue by ANCL Chairman W. Dayaratne PC, along with Director Operations Canishka G. Witharana, Director Finance Janaka Ranatunga, Director Legal and Administration  Rakhitha Abeygunawardhana, Director Editorial Dharma Sri Kariyawasam (partly covered), Editor-in-Chief Dinesh Weerawansa and Acting General Manager Sumith Kothalawala.

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