Most Popular Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2020
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.