The atmosphere was electric as our stars took to the stage to entertain the audience and to celebrate the youngsters who came out tops at the 40th Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.
Sri Lanka Under-19 cricketer and record breaker Hasitha Boyagoda became the Sunday Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year last week which made his school Trinity College, parents and Kandy proud. Boyagoda was an expert at bagging prizes but was somewhat of an obscure cricketer who won many trophies and stormed into the limelight when he hammered a world record innings of 191 in the 2018 Youth World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand against Kenya. Prior to the epic feat Boyagoda was discarded for matches against Pakistan and Afghanistan and Sri Lanka went on to beat Kenya and win the Plate trophy. He is the only Sri Lankan Under-19 cricketer to score two centuries in a World Cup when he made 191 against Kenya and 116 versus the West Indies.
Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, Nalin Perera said the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year mega awards ceremony has remained one of the most looked forward to events in the local sports calendar for the past four decades that has helped produce some of the most celebrated Sri Lanka cricketers since 1978. Perera, a veteran in Sri Lanka’s mobile communication industry and playing a leading role since its introduction to the country, has also been a great promoter of sports.
The game of cricket once dominated by boys, now has young lasses entering the fray. The awards night of the 40th Schoolboy Cricketer rewarded girls from three schools. It was a really memorable night for all. Pix: Shan Rupassara and Chintaka Kumarasinghe
Former Sri Lanka cricket captain and present chief ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle who was the first recipient of the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1979 and 40 years later the chief guest at the 40th Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night held at Hilton Colombo on Tuesday passed on some key messages to three important stake holders who were present at the occasion.
Chief guest at the 40th Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night Ranjan Madugalle promised that he is prepared to attend the 50th awards night of this prestigious function even travelling on a turbo-charged wheel chair. Madugalle who was the first recipient of this contest in 1979 when he won the Schoolboy Cricketer award as the captain of Royal College recalled nostalgic moments during his speech that was well received by the packed audience at the Colombo Hilton Hotel on Tuesday.
The most prestigious Sunday Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricket Awards show will be aired on ITN television today (July 8) at 10.00 pm. The awards ceremony was held on July 3 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo where Trinity College player Hasitha Boyagoda won the main award that was presented by former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle.
Hasitha Boyagoda of Trinity College, Kandy receiving the Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year award from the first winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer in 1979, Chief ICC Match Referee and former Sri Lanka Test Captain Ranjan Madugalle who was the Chief Guest at the 40th Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Awards ceremony held at Colombo Hilton yesterday. Also in the picture are Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel Chairman P.G. Kumarasinghe, ANCL Director Editorial Chandrasiri Seneviratne, General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa, Senior General Manger Human Resources Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Mobitel Namal Rathnayake, President of Sri Lanka School Cricket Association Oshara Panditharatne and Editor in Chief Sunday Observer Dharisha Bastians. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
The Most Popular Observer – Mobitel Schoolboy cricketer of the year Sachin Silva of St Peters College, Bambalapitiya receiving the trophy from ANCL Director Uma Rajamanthri at the 40th Observer Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the year awards ceremony held at Colombo Hilton yesterday. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
40th Observer - Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer Awards Ceremony will be held today at the Hilton Colombo Main Ballroom. Chief ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle will be the Chief Guest.