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2020
Big anticipation as schools cricket returns
Sunday Observer: 14.02.2021
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLCSA) JAKS Indrajith

The Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLCSA) JAKS Indrajith said they have just got the approval from the Education Ministry to begin the new 2020-2021 Under-19 cricket season from March 15. It will also be the date for the Western Province schools reopening after the postponed G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

2020
School cricket to resume as season commences in March
Daily News: 11.02.2020
SLSCA president Thilak Waththuhewa

Royal, Trinity, D.S. Senenayake, De Mazenod, Wesley and Gurukula MV have been drawn in division 1 Group ‘A’ section ‘X’ in the Inter-school Under-19 limited over tournament to be played from later next month. The Division 1 Group ‘A’ section ‘Y’ will comprise St. Benedict’s, St. Joseph’s, Mahanama, St. Thomas’, Matara, St. Sebastian’s and St. Anne’s, Kurunegala while section ‘Z’ of the same group will have Nalanda, S. Thomas’, St. Anthony’s Katugastota, Prince of Wales, Richmond and Maliyadeva.

2020
Schools cricket to the pitch on March 20
Sunday Observer: 07.02.2021
President of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) Thilak Waththuhewa

The long awaited 2020-2021 Under-19 inter-school cricket season will begin on March 20, after the completion of the postponed GCE Ordinary Level 2020 examination. However, there will be no two-day tournament this year due to limited time left after the Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the official 2020-2021 Under-19 tournament will only be confined to a limited-over affair.

2020
Roger Wijesuriya now in the forgotten file
Sunday Observer: 31.01.2021
The selection panel that picked the winners of the Sunday Observer-Mobitel School Cricketer of the Year contest.

The GCE Ordinary Level classes in the Western Province began last Monday and the other grades will also begin gradually, giving brighter hopes of conducting the 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year awards ceremony in March. Schools in all provinces, except for those in the Western Province were earlier started and all schools in the Western Province too are expected to commence in stages by early next month.

2020
Hewage rues school cricket hit by outside interference
Sunday Observer: 24.01.2021
FLASHBACK: Umesha Thimeshani of Devapathiraja Vidyalaya made history by becoming the first Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year as schoolgirl cricketers were recognized for the first time in 2019. Here she receives the top award for girls from Champika Weeratunga (Secretary SLSCA) while Chanaka Liyanage (Channel Manager, Lake House) looks on. Pic: Chinthaka Kumarasinghe

The Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year has been held annually for 41 successive years since 1979, except for last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But that too will be held later next month for the 42nd year, paving the way for the commencement of the 43rd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year.

2020
Jayasuriya: Role model for all schoolboys
Sunday Observer: 17.01.2021
Flashback: Before conquering the Mount Everest of international cricket, young Sanath Jayasuriya received the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Outstation award in 1988. He receives the trophy from Mrs. Malini Bodinagoda, wife of then ANCL Chairman Ranapala Bodinagoda, while compere Laddie Hettiarachchi looks on

The postponed 42nd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year 2020 will in all probably be held next month. The local health authorities have tentatively given the green light to go ahead with the show next month provided all health guidelines are strictly observed. At the same time, the 43rd Observer-Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year 2021 will commence after the new season, which has been held up due to Covid-19, begins.

2020
Presley Polonnowita: Rock Star who bagged Seven
Sunday Observer: 10.01.2021
When he won seven awards at two Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contests-Presley Polonnowita, who is going great guns in Dubai

Former BRC captain Presley Polonnowita, who is going great guns in Dubai, would have definitely become the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and also take the Best All-rounder award for outstations in 1988, if not for Sanath Jayasuriya of St. Servaitus’ College, Matara deservingly marching towards both feats.

2020
Rohan Weerakkody: The unmatched star of a glittering show
Sunday Observer: 03.01.2021
Then and now …….. Rohan Weerakkody, perhaps is the only schoolboy cricketer to win five titles at the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1987

Rohan Weerakkody, is perhaps the only schoolboy cricketer to win five titles in a single Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year. Yet, his 1987 glory was confined only to school cricket and failed to go beyond Sri Lanka youth level. In an exclusive interview from Laguna, Lusiana in the Philippines, Weerakkody said he has no regrets and was honoured to win those awards. “It was an honour to win five titles including the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in a single event,” he said.

2020
Jura left the country after raw deal
Sunday Observer: 27.12.2020
The 1986 Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Roshan Jurangpathy - a raw deal from the selectors with only two Tests

We spoke about one of the promising cricketers of yesteryear who had been unfortunate not to go beyond the top prize of school level - Rohan Buultjens last week. The outstanding cricketer from St. Peter’s College, Colombo, was only the third cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title after Ranjan Madugalle (1979 in the inaugural year) and Arjuna Ranatunga (second winner in 1980), both went on to captain Sri Lanka with distinction.

2020
When Sri Lanka lost a famous son through dubious selections
Sunday Observer: 20.12.2020
St. Peter’s College prodigy Rohan Buultjens, who was adjudged Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1981, then and now

One of the promising cricketers of yesteryear who had been unfortunate not to go beyond the pinnacle of school cricket was Rohan Buultjens, who was adjudged Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1981. The brilliant cricketer from St. Peter’s College, Colombo, was only the third cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title after Ranjan Madugalle (1979 in the inaugural year) and Arjuna Ranatunga (second winner in 1980), both went on to captain Sri Lanka with distinction.

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