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Bata- the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the year 2013
In a bizarre turn of events, barely four weekends away from the deadline, a new entrant surged his way into the main competition of the 34th Bata-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2013 competition. As the competition approaches its 17th week, Wesley College allrounder Basith Muzammil made his entry at number four with a strong tally of 2500 votes, making the race to the top even more interesting.
In addition, Walid Jiffry of Leighton Park, whose stranglehold was in danger, made his intentions clear by adding further 4008 votes to his tally. This temporarily thwarted the attempts of Sashika Rathnathilake of Lyceum Nugegoda, who was looking to topple the leadership in the International Schools category.
But as usual it is Thurstan College’s Minhaj Jaleel who is in a commanding position, with the competition reaching its end in four more weeks. Jaleel has a strong tally of 20828 votes after 16 weeks of active participation and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead of 15799 votes over St. Peter’s skipper Dushan Hemantha. The spinning allrounder from Richmond College Galle, A.K. Tyron has shown very little progress since he lost his place to Hemantha, and with what Weslyite Muzammil has indicated it is quite evident that his present place is at risk.
After Muzammil, Trinity skipper Dinuka Wickramanayake, Madawa Nimesh of Royal Panadura, Sachin Bulathsinhala of St. Anthony’s Katugastota, Jason Buultjens of St. Peter’s, Roshan Anuruddha of Gurukula Kelaniya and Damindu Ashan of Royal Panadura still remain in the top ten, while Kusal Mendis of Prince of Wales’ was pushed down from the list.
The leader of the Emerging Schools category, Sanju Sharuk of Vidyaloka Vidyalaya Galle still remains where he is but he has lost momentum. In comparison, Lahiru Vimukthi of Sri Sumangala Panadura continues to show potential for causing a surprise. Vimukthi has managed to trim down the deficit from the leader to 607 and with few more weeks to go anything may be possible. Others in the category remain at their respective slots from last week.
The International Schools category leader, Jiffry managed to safeguard his leadership by stretching out the margin to 4197 over Lyceum Nugegoda’s Sashika who looked promising. Others in this category don’t pose a threat to the top two.
Coupons for the 34th Bata-the Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2013 competition will appear in Wijeya Newspapers’ dailies- the Daily Mirror and Lankadeepa- and also in its weekend English publication, the Sunday Times. Readers will be able to send in as many coupons as they wish in favour of their favourite schoolboy cricketer until the deadline on May 30.
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