The first week’s result of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 contest, which kicked off last week, comes out this weekend with some of the well-known schoolboy cricketers in fray.
Honours of the opening week of this much awaited, coveted competition goes to Lakshina Rodrigo of St. Peter’s College, who happens to be an active contender last season. Lakshina was in the fray from the beginning in 2016 but as the contest heated up, he finished off at overall fourth position in the All-Island Schools category. Having enjoyed a successful season with a reasonable record in batting and bowling for the Peterites, Lakshina comes in with new hopes this season obtaining 33 votes at the kickoff.
Next to him is Maris Stella College allrounder Lasith Croosepulle, a versatile player with greater abilities. At third is Wesley College batting powerhouse Thilina Perera. Down the order are Dineth Madurawala of St. Joseph’s, Salith Fernando of St. Anthony’s Wattala, Sammu Ashan of Ananda, Pathum Nissanka of Isipathana and Sanogeeth Shanuganathan of Trinity. The readers have done the correct selection of players for this year’s Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer contest by picking the names of players with good records.
The Emerging Schools category, where players of Division II and III cricket playing schools get to come among the top, is initiated by Raveen Yasas, the skipper of Devapathiraja Vidyalaya, Rathgama. The first week of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 promises to be a keenly contested one. The nature of the race to the top could definitely hit a peak as weeks progress with 25 more weekends to go before it comes to an interesting end.
Coupons will be published in the Sunday Times, the two English dailies, the Daily Mirror and DailyFT, and the two Sinhala dailies, Daily Lankadeepa and Ada. Coupons will run for 26 weeks with the deadline set for week beginning on July 2. Readers could vote for their favourite schoolboy cricketer and take them to the winning post during that period.
In addition Dialog Axiata have introduced a digital version with an online voting system through an Online Portal to vote for the Most Popular Cricketer (www.dialog.lk/cricket). Players who wish to enter the fray will have to confirm their participation by registering online with www.dialog.lk/cricket from January 8 to 31.
Even schoolboy cricketers whose names are entered into the competition by readers must register during the month of January. Players who registered online will be officially scrutinised of their eligibility and entered to the online voting mechanism from February 1, while the customary voting through coupons will be still on.
Both coupon votes and online votes will be counted on a weekly basis and the official results published every week beginning Sunday in the five newspapers and its websites, as well as that of Dialog Axiata’s Online Portal. The deadline for online voting will be the same as for the coupons.
Readers prizes go to: 1. A. Witharana, 50/3/1, Heenatikumbura, Thalangama North, 2. A.L. Diaz, 3, Jayasuriya Road, Off Station Road, Kandana, 3. Lloyd Devarajah, 49 - 6/2, Collingwood Place, Wellawatte, 4. Roshen Travis, T/N/6, Tony Mawatha, Galahaduwa, Hendala, Wattala.
Lakshina Rodrigo St. Peter’s College 33
Lasith Croosepulle Maris Stella College 30
Thilina Perera Wesley College 19
Dineth Madurawala St. Joseph’s College 17
Salith Fernando St. Anthony’s Wattala 13
Sammu Ashan Ananda College 12
Pathum Nissanka Isipathana College 11
Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan Trinity College 10
Raveen Yasas Devapathiraja Rathgama 10
Tissara Dilshan Jayananda National School Polonnaruwa 02