Moratuwa Sebastianite Sukhitha Manoj conveniently went past the count of 2500 votes limit while his immediate follower Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College, is closing in gradually as the 12th week results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2019 contest comes out.
The gap between the top two has now come down to less than 1000 votes for the first time as Naushan Rafeel of St. Anne's College marches forward by another slot to fifth.
The third and fourth positions are still held by Nalandian Lakshitha Rasanjana and Trinitian Abhishek Kumara.
Vishal Nagasena of St. Peter's Gampaha, continues to lead the Emerging Schools category while claiming the highest tally among all contenders for yet another week while Lithija Kalhara of Ananda Maithree NS Balangoda clings on to the second position.
Sathya Sadeepani of Devapathiraja College Rathgama continues to lead the Girls' Schools category, which was introduced to the ever popular competition in the country last season.
Sithmi Nirasha of Anula Vidyalaya Nugegoda and Nimesha Tharuni of Marapola MV, Minuwangoda are the other two contenders.
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 and Sinhala Weekend, Deshaya. From this year coupons will also come will out in the TamilMirror.
In addition Dialog Axiata's online voting system through their official Online Portal to vote for the Most Popular Cricketer (www.dialog.lk/cricket), is now alive.
Online registrations ended on December 31, 2018.
Players who have represented their respective school in First XI cricket and with a tally of 400 or above runs or 25 wickets or above in the last season will be automatically eligible for the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 competition.
Schools have been categorised under three categories -- the All-Island, Emerging and Girls schools, according to the segmentation process of Sri Lanka School Cricket Association.
Results: Week 12
Sukhitha Manoj (St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa) 2580
Navod Paranavithana (Mahinda College) 1603
Lakshitha Rasanjana (Nalanda College) 1118
Abhishek Ananda (Trinity College) 529
Naushan Rafeel (St. Anne's College, Kurunegala) 428
K.A.L.C. Warnakulasuriya (St. Anne's College, Kurunegala) 253
Ravindu Fernando (Maris Stella College) 240
Kanishka Ranthilakage (Ananda College) 220
Shehan Fernando (St. Benedict's College) 211
Yasitha Samararathne (Dharmaraja College) 178
Nishan Madushka (Moratu Vidyalaya) 178
Mihisal Vidanapathirana (St. Thomas' College, Matara) 133
Pasindu Ushetti (Maris Stella College) 65
Nuwanidu Fernando (St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa) 51
Randheer Ranasinghe (St. Anne's College, Kurunegala) 38
Sandun Mendis (Richmond College) 26
Dinitha Prabhanaka (Devapathiraja College, Rathgama) 17
Pasindu Bandara (Trinity College) 6
Kalana Perera (S. Thomas' College) 5
Shevon Daniel (St. Joseph's College) 4
Vishal Nagasena (St. Peter's College, Gampaha) 3353
Lithija Kalhara (Ananda Maithree, Balangoda) 1989
Thanusha Sandaruwan (St. John's College, Nugegoda) 1954
Chamod Sandaru (Piliyandala Central) 216
Sachin Jayasinghe (Royal College, Panadura) 145
Sathya Sandeepani (Devapathiraja College, Ratgama) 221
Sithmi Nirasha (Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda) 37
Nimesha Tharuni (Marapola MV, Minuwangoda) 17
Readers prizes go to: 1.R. Hettiarachchi, 67, Sri Dharmarama Mawatha, Veheragamvita, Matara, 2. K.W.H. Pradeep, 443, Athgala, Gampola, 3. P. Umayangana T. Dhanayanjali, 'Mudali Gedara'. Boosa, Galle, 4. S.B. Senanayake, 59G, Marapola, Veyangoda.
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