|Sunday, 5 May 2002|
Anderio Toussaint is OBSERVER-BATA Most Popular Schoolboy Cricket All-Island 2002
by A.C. DE SILVA and LESLIE FERNANDO
Wesley College wicketkeeper cum opening batsman Anderio Frederic Toussaint and Janaka Amila Withanaarachchi of Bandaranayake College, Gampaha skipper are the OBSERVER-BATA MOST POPULAR SCHOOLBOY CRICKETERS OF THE YEAR 2002.
Anderio won the All-Island Contest with a total of 14,187 votes having received 2,119 votes on the final coupon No. 10.
Anderio has been on top except on coupon number one and two. He was in first place in the penultimate count No. 9 with 12,068 votes ahead of Bendictine allrounder Sisil de Silva, 7,591 votes.
In the final coupon No. 10, Anderio received 2,119 votes while Sisil received 1389 votes. So Anderio had no difficulty in coming on top. Sisil finished in second position with 8,980 votes and Charith Sylvester Fernando of De Mazenod College came third with 4,268 votes.
Besides being popular cricketer, Anderio had a successful season, scoring over 739 runs which included five half centuries. His best innings was against Kignswood in which match he got 90 runs. He is also a smart wicketkeeper and had 35 victims behind the stumps this season. Anderio also is a good soccer player having captained the college football team in the inter-school tournaments. He played cricket for the college from the age of 8 years.
Bandaranayake College, Gampaha allrounder Amila Withanaarachchi won by a majority of 7,563 votes over Roshan Abeyratne of St. Anne's College, Kurunegala in the Most Popular Outstation Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest. Amila received 13,296 votes while Roshan received 5,733 votes. In the final coupon (No. 10) Amila polled 1,864 votes. Sajith Perera of Vidyartha came third with 1,178 votes.
Amial who captained Bandaranayake College has been playing cricket for the college since he was 11 years. He is a fine allrounder.
Amial scored over 750 runs this season, including 8 half centuries and captured 33 wickets. His top score was 78 against Raddolugama MV. He is also a good fielder in any position. Amila has played for Gampaha CC in 1998-1999 in Board of Control Tournament, Division Three for Colts CC in 2000 and Nugegoda Sports and Welfare Club in 2001.
The winner and the runner-up in each of the contests will receive awards at the main awards show to be held in due course.
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