Ranjan Madugalle - Royal College,
Schoolboy Cricketer - 1979

 

 

 
Recognising talents of schoolboy

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Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the year contest

Antonian Premaratne was Schoolboy Cricketer 1956:

SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 1956... St. Anthony’s Katugastota cricketer W. Premaratne was the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1956 when the contest was then organised by the Ceylon Daily News and sponsored by Hemachandra Brothers.

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Anura Tennekoon - a winner all the way in 1964

Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1964.... Anura Tennekoon - that fine batsman from S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia who headed the batting averages in the Schools and led the the Ceylon Schools team to victory “Test” against the Indian Schools was and for his fine showing selected the “Ceylon Daily News Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1964 by the Special Panel of judges nominated by the Cricket Umpires Association of Ceylon.

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Ronald Reid - won by a mere whisker from Chandrasiri Weerasinghe in 1957

SCHOOLBOY CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 1957 ...Ronald J. Reid of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia was the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1957. The panel of umpires comprising Messrs Dodwell de Soysa (Chairman), Laddie Bakelman, Joe Saverimuttu and Emilion E.V. Ellias made the decision in this office.

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Anura Ranasinghe - won Observer Schoolboy Cricket Award twice - 1974 and 1975

Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 1974 and 1975... Nalanda's star All-rounder Anura Ranasinghe is not with the cricketing fraternity these days (he died a few years back), he earned his eternal rest after some great cricketing deeds. First of all, Anura Ranasinghe was picked by the umpires as Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year for two years in-a-row when the contest was sponsored by P. G. Martins.

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The show that produces cricketing legends is on

The Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest, which has produced Sri Lanka's cricketing legends for the past 29 years, has gained national status. Sri Lanka Cricket has given its blessings to the 30th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest which starts today with the voting for the Most Popular cricketer - All-Island and Outstation awards.

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Murali won Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in 1991

There are some people who merely talk and not recognise the deeds of cricketers who need merit. One such cricketer who has suffered in the past is none other than Sri Lanka’s world beater - the champion off-spinner and ‘Doosra’ specialist Muttiah Muralitharan who ‘found his feet’ in the game at an early age at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota.

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Madugalle brought honour to Sri Lanka as Chief Match Referee

The name of Ranjan Madugalle - a top Sri Lanka cricketer and a cricketer who blossomed out from Royal College was the talk of the town in the latter part of the 19th century. He really made his presence felt in inter-school cricket and was picked as the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1978 and 1979.

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World Cup winning captain Arjuna won Observer award in 1980 and 1982

Look to the Sunday Observer for your cricket stars - you will be able to pick them quite easily. There is one cricketer who really stands out from the rest and he is none other than Arjuna Ranatunga who was Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1980 and 1982 and then climbed the ladder of success in inter-club and international cricket.

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World record-holder Mahanama Observer Schoolboy Cricketer in 1983 and 1984

In cricketing circles in recent times, the name of Roshan Mahanama stands out like a beacon, both at inter-school level and even at the higher level among Test playing countries in the world.So, with such wonderful promise that he held out as a schoolboy at Nalanda College, it was no surprise that he would climb the ladder of success - and climb he did in inter-school cricket seasons and it was no surprise that the judges in the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contests, he was picked as Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year for two years in succession in 1983 and 1984.

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Sri Lanka’s batting star Thilan won Observer top Schoolboy award in 1994 and 1995

Thilan Thushara Samaraweera who became the tenth Anandian to represent Sri Lanka in Test cricket, was twice winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1994 and 1995 and on both occasions, he also won the Best Batsman and Best All-rounder awards too.

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‘Gura’: Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of 1985 starred in Lanka’s World Cup triumph in 1996

Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha who played a major role in Sri Lanka winning the World Cup in 1996 as a number three batsman, was the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1985, the year he captained the unbeaten Nalanda College cricket team.

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Kumar Dharmasena - the schoolboy star 1989 figured prominently in World Cup win 1996

World Cup winning Sri Lanka team member Kumar Dharmasena of Nalanda College who won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1989 and also became runner-up in 1988 and 1990 contests, has taken up to a umpiring career in a big way.

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A great trier Farveez Maharoof won Observer top cricket award in 2003

The 23-year-old Sri Lanka allrounder Mohamed Farveez Maharoof who is presently playing for Delhi Dare Devils team in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament was the winner of the Observer, Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2003.

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A great trier Kaushalya won Observer Schoolboy Cricketer award in 2000

One of the outstanding schoolboy cricketers from Kandy, Trinity College’s Kaushalya Weeraratne who recently represented Sri Lanka in the three one-day internationals against the West Indies was the winner of the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of Year Award in 2000.

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‘Loku’ thinks best chances of playing lie in limited-over cricket

Kaushal Lokuarachchi who will celebrate his 26th birthday on May 20, became the second Peterite to win the coveted Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2001 for his fine performances in the inter-school cricket 2000-2001. Rohan Buultjens, the stylish batsman won the prestigious award in 1981 - the first Peterite to win the top award.

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Pushpakumara waiting to actually ‘play’ for Sri Lanka

Former Ananda all-rounder Muthumudalige Pushpakumara who won the Rs. 100,000 Player of the Tournament award in the 2007-2008 Premier League, earlier won the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award 1999 for his fine performances.

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Lahiru Peiris - Observer Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer in 2004 and 2005

Lahiru Peiris, the St. Peter’s College Cricket captain of 2006 who is celebrates his 21st birthday today (June 1st). He became the first Peterite to win the Observer Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest - All Island twice in 2004 and 2005.

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Chamara Silva followed Aravinda’s style to forge ahead

Former Royal College, Panadura captain Lindamlilage Prageetha Chamara Silva, better known as Chamara Silva who played for Deccan Chargers in the recent Indian Premier League Tournament, will don the Sri Lanka cap and will play for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup to be played in Pakistan this month.

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Sanjeewa Ranatunga - sixth Anandian to win Observer Award

Former Ananda College captain Sanjeewa Ranatunga, the fifth of six Ranatunga brothers, became the sixth Anandian to win the prestigious Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 1988. The star left handed batsman, Sanjeewa had the honour of leading the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team and he also represented the country in Tests and One-day Internationals.

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Master-blaster Sanath won Observer Outstation Cricketer Award in 1988

Master-blaster Sanath Jayasuriya - a former Sri Lanka skipper, has been very much a part and parcel of inter-school cricket in the country and he excelled in cricket while at St. Servatius College, Matara and was picked as Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Segment in 1988.

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Double honour for Anandian Malith Gunathileka

Ananda College captain Dushan Malith Gunathileka, the star allrounder, created somewhat of a record when he was picked Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2007. But before getting that honour, the Observer readers picked him to be the Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year All-Island 2007.

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Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited and the Observer should be complemented for keeping the show going for all these years. Sponsors are essential to keep the show going. May the show continue for many years to come.

In the past, most of the winners of the top awards came from Colombo and its suburbs, but now, the outstation schools have come in a big way and it is a positive sign for the game.

Ranjan Madugalle
ICC Chief Match Referee & Former Sri Lanka captain

 

It is the dream of any schoolboy cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award. It's great for the Sunday Observer in continuing the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest for the 31st year from 1979 to encourage the budding schoolboy cricketers. I was particularly happy to see that the Northern Province will join up with the others in the competitions at the contest.

I am happy at the improvement of outstation cricket as the game has spread far and wide in the country. Many Sri Lankan cricketing giants of the past and the present are those who have either won the prestigious and coveted Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award or one of the many awards presented at the contest.

Arjuna Ranatunga
World Cup winning Captain


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