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2021
Final countdown gathers momentum
Sunday Observer: 11.04.2021
Ranjan Madugalle-Arjuna Ranatunga-Roshan Mahanama

The glittering array of eye catching trophies on display that the winners of the Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year Mega Show will be yearning and waiting impatiently to carry away for all the sweat and toil they shed to win awards during the inter-school cricket season will be the main focus come April 20. The trophies will remain with the winners for prosperity. It is not all cricketers who have the good fortune to win these rare awards. So the joy and happiness that the winners will enjoy grabbing these trophies and kissing them with smiles written on their faces will know no bounds.

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42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show on April 20
Sunday Observer: 04.04.2021

Former Sri Lanka captain and ex-Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, who once again came to the limelight by becoming the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in the Legends World Cup final recently, will be the chief guest at the 42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show at the BMICH, Colombo 7 on April 20 commencing at 5.30 p.m.

2021
Jayasuriya to toast the Show
Sunday Observer: 04.04.2021
Flashback: Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (Outstation) 1988, Sanath Jayasuriya of St. Servatius’ College, Matara receives the prestigious Award from the late Mrs Malini Bodinagoda, wife of then ANCL Chairman Ranapala Bodinagoda. Looking on at centre is the late compere Laddie Hettiarachchi

Former top award winner and the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in the recent veterans World Cup final, Sanath Jayasuriya will be the chief guest at the 42nd Observer School Cricketers of the Year awards show to be held at the BMICH, Colombo 7 on April 20 commencing at 5.30 p.m. The long postponed event on a couple of occasions due to the Covid-19 pandemic will finally be a reality. But this time, the heath authorities have given a firm guarantee to host the event, in keeping with strict guidelines.

2021
When Murali set the course
Sunday Observer: 28.03.2021
Flashback 30 years ago: Muttiah Muralidaran of St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota receiving the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1991 title from then Housing and Construction Minister, the late B. Sirisena Cooray watched by then Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Observer H.L.D. Mahindapala

A big focus on school cricket would naturally come as all schools in Sri Lanka will reopen from tomorrow. Although the schools in all other provinces had already started, schools in the Western Province were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But with the schools in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts finally starting from tomorrow, sports activities too will get a big boost. This will pave way for a larger interest on school cricket. Especially with the new inter-school season on after a lapse of one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be tremendous interest for the game.

2021
New beginning dawns for school cricketers
Sunday Observer: 21.03.2021
Former Sri Lanka opening batsman and ex-Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu who was adjudged the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1990

The inter-school under-19 limited over cricket tournament which began last week will take place with great enthusiasm as sports activities returned to schools after exactly one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The preliminary round league stage, where a team will play five first round league games in the one-day tournament will conclude on April 9, according to the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) Secretary JKAS Indrajith.

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April 20: The show will go on
Sunday Observer: 14.03.2021
Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1989 Kumara Dharmasena, now going great guns as an ICC Elite Panel umpire

The postponed 42nd Observer-SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year mega awards ceremony will be held on April 20.

The health authorities have given the green light to hold the Mega Show on April 20 and the organizers the Sunday Observer, together with the sponsors Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel are finalizing all arrangements for the big day.

A high profile meeting was held at Lake House last Tuesday, attended by the officials of the ANCL and Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, together with the event organizers.

Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2020
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Nimesha Wijesundara turns her dreams into reality
Sunday Observer: 14.03.2021
Nimesha Tharuni Wijesundara

Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her – Mia Hamm 

Playing a sport to the best of one’s ability, not only needs a great amount of practice but also needs dedication, patience and the ability to balance one’s emotions and actions.

2020
Royal-Thomian maiden T20 show on May 10
Sunday Observer: 07.03.2021
Former winner as chief guest! Gurusinha addressing the 39th Observer-Mobitel Cricketer of the Year as the Chief Guest

The inaugural Mustangs trophy Royal-Thomian T20 limited over cricket encounter will be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS) in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on May 10. Though the Royal-Thomian cricket history goes back to 1879, this will be the first time the two teams are meeting in a T20 day-night match commencing at 7 pm on May 10.

2020
Mahanama: ‘We had role models unlike today’
Sunday Observer: 28.02.2021
Roshan Mahanama

The Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year 2021 will get greater attention with the commencement of the postponed inter-school matches from early next month. But only a few two-day matches will be played as non-tournament encounters as this year the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) will confine its matches to a championship decided by one-day matches only.

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Royal-Thomian fixed for May dates
Sunday Observer: 21.02.2021

The joint organizing committee of the Royal-Thomian cricket encounter, after a series of meetings, has now decided to hold this year’s Battle of the Blues encounter on May 6, 7 and 8 in Hambantota. However for the first time in its 142-year-old history, this year’s big match will be a closed door affair with the die-hard spectators who will only be able to catch the action via live television coverage.

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