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Lasith back on track but, race bound to pick up


Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017

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After a brief recess last week, Maris Stella College batsman Lasith Croosepulle, regained his usual pace with a weekly record in combined votes as the 21st week’s results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 comes out.

Lasith added 14960 combined votes last week, taking his tally to a strong 165289. This progress takes back his deficit against Navindu Nirmal of St. Aloysius College Galle to a healthy 29084 as against last week’s vulnerable 16563. However the race is still on between the two who are eagerly keen to finish off on a high. Navindu added 2439 combined votes in the week ended as his total reaches 136205. With six more weeks to go till the end, it could be anybody’s call, being an open competition.

Mohamed Najath of Zahira College remains at third place. The full list was pruned down to Top 10 from this week and it will run the same way until the end of the competition on the first week of July.

Pulitha Yasas of Sri Sumangala College Panadura, may have had a cruise with a tally of 4259 votes in the Emerging Schools category, but the entry of Prabash Maduranga of Siri Piyarathana MV Padukka put his stronghold at risk. Within two weeks Prabash’s count reaches to 1821, trailing Yasas by 2438.

The International Schools category had a major shakeup after Tariq Haniff of Wycherley International School ended the dominance of Shimraz Shahil of Alethea International School.


Please note: Due to Poya Holiday falling next Thursday, June 8, readers should send their coupons before 12.00noon on Wednesday, June 7. This will be effective only for Count 22, the coming week. 

Coupons will run for 26 weeks in the Sunday Times, the two English dailies, the Daily Mirror and DailyFT, and the two Sinhala dailies, Daily Lankadeepa and Ada with the final week set from July 2. Online voting could be done through Dialog Axiata’s digital online voting system Portal to vote for the Most Popular Cricketer via The count of week 21 of digital voting was monitored and approved by auditors Pricewaterhouse Cooper.

All-Island Schools

Lasith Croosepulle (Maris Stella College) 165289
Navindu Nirmal (St. Aloysius’ Galle) 136205
Mohamed Najath (Zahira College) 61918
Charana Nanayakkara (Thurstan College) 10490
Santhush Goonathilake (St. Peter’s College) 9189
Dinitha Basnayake (St. Benedict’s College) 6603
Romesh Nallaperuma (S. Thomas’ College) 6415
Helitha Vithanage (Royal College) 1832
Nikesh Anjana (S. Thomas’ College) 1512
Mohamed Rifaz (Presidents College) 1368
Emerging Schools
Pulitha Yasas (Sri Sumangala Panadura) 4259
Prabash Maduranga (Siri Piyaratana Padukka) 1821
Sahan Perera (Christ King Pannipitiya) 322
Imesh Basnayake (St. Peter’s Gampaha) 305
Gimhana Dhanushka (Piliyandala Central) 130
Nipuna Ransika (P. de S. Kularatne MV) 98
Methushan Thilina (Kegalu Vidyalaya) 84
Suminda Lakshan (De La Salle Mutwal) 51
Raveen Yasas (Devapathiraja Rathgama) 44
Hirusha Mendis (Siddartha Central Balapitiya) 32
Tissara Dilshan Jayananda
(National School Polonnaruwa) 8
Shrushee Adhishtana (St. Bernadette Kurunegala) 1
International Schools
Tariq Haniff (Wycherley International) 357
Shimraz Shahil (Alethea International) 331

Readers prizes go to: 1. Mohan Saverimuttu, 235/9, Greenwood Terrace, Kerawalapitiya, Henadala, Wattala, 2. F. Ramza, 12/28, Araliya Uyana, Gorakana, Panadura, 3. Janani Perera, 27/158, ‘Big City’, Balika Niwasa Road, Rukmale, Pannipitiya, 4. G.D. Mahinda Lal, 279/4, Ovitigama, Padukka.

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