Though Thurstan 1st XI skipper Sajeewa Salgado maintains a healthy run in the main contest of the of the Bata-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2012 competition, in numbers the International category leader Lakshan Kodagoda has the say. Kodagoda, an all-rounder representing Gateway International School, Rajagiriya has gathered 23,876, the most number votes received by a schoolboy cricketers for this year in this competition. As the staggering number of votes by Kodagoda, his career has been glittering one though the period is off season for international schools cricket. Kodagoda has been a constant contributor for Gateway cricket, while representing the 1st XI cricket team for many years and many a times steering his team towards worthy wins. This season, which is yet to kick off, Kodagoda is well set to perform at his best when it begins in a couple of months.
While the All-Island category is still led by Thustanite Salgado who further added 1719 votes for his overall tally, which now reads as 12030, the battle for the second slot has been stepped up between Angelo Jayasinghe and Shiran Anuruddhika. The gap between Jayasinghe, the Maris Stella skipper and Anuruddhika, the De Mazenod all-rounder has pruned down to 578 as Royal Panadura skipper Charith Ruchiranga managed to regain the fourth slot after a long lapse. Last weekend Ruchiranga was slightly behind his team mate Madhawa Fernando but by the 12th week he managed to swap places. Others in the list, who are still with treble figures virtually, remain the same.
In the Emerging Schools category, indications of future changes came to forecast this week. While St. John’s Panadura skipper and all-rounder Sasindu Perera still holds on the category Tharindu Guruge of President’s College Kotte made a sudden barge-in to the top. Last week Guruge was in the third place but he managed to topple Shenal Deelaka of Piliyandala Central to come into the second slot while threatening the stronghold of leader Perera. Guruge is just 156 votes behind Perera and in the coming weeks a drastic change could be expected. The International Schools category is being led by Lakshan Kodagoda who expanded his lead from Nishan Perera by 3751 votes. Perera of Lyceum Nugegoda was again in contention for the top spot last week but it seems as Kodagoda has managed to secure his place for another week as the competition is expected to become more interesting out of all three. To make the competition more interesting readers can send in as many coupons as they wish until May 23.
Sajeewa Salgado Thurstan College 12030
Angelo Jayasinghe Maris Stella College 4648
Shiran Anuruddhika De Mazenod College 4070
Charith Ruchiranga Royal College Panadura 3037
Madhawa Fernando Royal College Panadura 2471
Lakshan Edirisinghe Zahira College 833
Kavindu Ashan Royal College Panadura 592
Dishan Dissanayake St. Joseph’s College 362
Thanusha Jayawardane St. Peter’s College 316
Sachin Peiris S. Thomas’ College 275
Jason Perera St. Benedict’s College 126
Shehan Dilasri Maris Stella College 116
Sasindu Perera St. John’s College Panadura 1077
Tharindu Guruge President’s College Kotte 921
Shenal Deelaka Piliyandala Central 647
Mohamed Shilmy St. Anthony’s Panadura 284
Aruna Dharmasena Sri Sumangala Panadura 12
Samitha Ratnasuriya Seethawaka National School 11
Anas Mohamed Azhar College Kandy 3
Lakshan Kodagoda Gateway International 23876
Nishan Perera Lyceum Nugegoda 20125
Shehan Hettiarachchi Royal Institute 4171
Amjad Ifthikar Leighton Park 3136
Readers’ prizes go to: 1. M.M. Zihar Ahamed, 17, Police Quarters, Panadura South. 2. Hiran Sajith, 53/8, Awariwatta, Katunayake. 3. Sachin Selliah, 14B, First Lane, Beddagana Road, Pitakotte. 4. Disna Perera, 152/5, Nugemulla, Rukmale, Pannipitiya.