Del­lon con­sol­i­dates his po­si­tion

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT -

S. Thomas' Col­lege leg- spin­ner Del­lon Peiris con­tin­ues his dom­i­nance in the All-Is­land Schools as the Di­a­log 4G- the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy/ School­girl Crick­eter of the Year 2018 com­pe­ti­tion reaches its ninth week. Del­lon added 1377 com­bined votes -- from on­line vot­ing and coupons -as he took his to­tal to 6246 by the end of the week.

This is a clear lead of 3449 from Sachin Silva of St. Peter's Col­lege, who was not that im­pres­sive dur­ing the ended week, in com­par­i­son to the progress of Del­lon.

Sachin, how­ever, added 609 com­bined votes, mainly through on­line to re­main at sec­ond spot for yet an­other week.

Ananda Col­lege skip­per Asel Sig­era, grad­u­ally took hold of the third po­si­tion from Kavin Peiris by just adding up 85 on­line votes dur­ing the week. His tally is now 1287, while Kavin drops down to the fourth po­si­tion with a tally of 1229. The dif­fer­ence of 58 votes be­tween the two, could lead to a healthy run for the bat­tle for third place and even above. Dhara­ma­raja Col­lege's Du­laj Ban­dara re­mains at fifth po­si­tion ahead of Kalana Per­era of S. Thomas' Col­lege. Ma­hesh Theek­shana de­buts at sev­enth po­si­tion with 155 votes, solely re­ceived through on­line and with the in­clu­sion of Methushan Thilina of D. S. Se­nanayake Col­lege, the number of con­tenders in the All- Is­land Schools reach 19.

The strong­hold of Ananda Sasthralaya crick­eter Sonara Karunathunga in the Emerg­ing Schools cat­e­gory is in jeop­ardy, with the rise of Denuwan Per­era of Carey Col­lege, who raced from fourth to sec­ond po­si­tion. Sonara added 505 votes to his tally, which now reads as 1491 votes, but the speedy progress of Denuwan and the

On­line Reg­is­tra­tion ex­tended to De­cem­ber 31

Coupons will be pub­lished from Oc­to­ber 1 in the Sun­day Times and it will fol­low through­out the week in the two English dailies, the Daily Mir­ror and Dai­lyFT, and the two Sin­hala dailies, Daily Lankadeepa and Ada and Sin­hala Week­end, De­shaya. Coupons will run for 26 weeks with the dead­line set for April 5, 2018. Read­ers could vote for their favourite school­boy or school­girl crick­eter and take them to the win­ning post dur­ing this pe­riod.

Di­a­log Ax­i­ata's on­line vot­ing sys­tem through their of­fi­cial On­line Por­tal to vote for the Most Pop­u­lar Crick­eter (www. di­a­log.lk/cricket), came alive on Oc­to­ber 1 with player reg­is­tra­tions. The on­line reg­is­tra­tion process ended on Novem­ber 30, but with greater de­mand, reg­is­tra­tions will be ex­tended un­til De­cem­ber 31. Play­ers who wish to en­ter the fray will have to con­firm their par­tic­i­pa­tion by reg­is­ter­ing on­line with -- www. di­a­log.lk/cricket/regis­ter. Even school­boy crick­eters whose names are en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion by read­ers must regis­ter be­fore that dead­line.

The names of play­ers who deficit of 182 votes, could give him a wor­ried mind in the weeks to come. Denuwan be­comes the most voted school­boy on­line for the con­cluded week and that could give an early in­di­ca­tion of his in­ten­tions.

As a re­sult, Sonara's team mat e, Thimira Mal­shan had to move down to third, de­spite adding 373 com­bined votes. Kenula Gu­narathne of St. Aloy­sius Rat­na­pura, too had to move down a place to fourth po­si­tion, but his progress too, of 403 com­bined votes, was re­mark­able. reg­is­tered on­line will be of­fi­cially scru­ti­nised of their el­i­gi­bil­ity and en­tered to the on­line vot­ing mech­a­nism, while the cus­tom­ary vot­ing through coupons will be still on. The On­line Por­tal is open for vot­ing while on­line reg­is­tra­tion will be ac­cepted up to De­cem­ber 31. The names of reg­is­tered play­ers will be re­leased weekly, every Fri­day after the cut­off date of Wed­nes­day for weekly scru­ti­n­is­ing, each week un­til the dead­line. On­line vot­ing will be open un­til April 5, 2018.

Both coupon votes and on­line votes will be counted on a weekly ba­sis and the of­fi­cial re­sults pub­lished every week be­gin­ning next Sun­day in the five news­pa­pers and its web­sites.

The dead­line for COUPONS will be every Thurs­day Noon while the weekly cut­off for ON­LINE VOTES will be every Wed­nes­day Noon. On­line Votes re­ceived after the weekly cut­off time will be counted for the next week, while for Coupons, ONLY those num­bered for the par­tic­u­lar week will be taken into count. This week's dig­i­tal vot­ing count was mon­i­tored and ap­proved by au­di­tors Price­wa­ter­house Cooper.

Harshitha Sa­ma­rawick­rama of Anula Vidyalaya, re­mains at the top po­si­tion in the Girls' Cat­e­gory, while main­tain­ing her lead with a healthy count of 1485 votes. Her ad­di­tion for the con­cluded week was 666 com­bined votes. She may find a close ri­val in Pabasara Ran­abahu of Rath­navali Girls' School, Gam­paha, who gained the best in­come with 775 com­bined votes, to take her tally to 778 and sec­ond po­si­tion, within the sec­ond week of her de­but. But the deficit of 707 could still put Harshitha in a com­fort­able zone. Kavee­sha Dil­hani of D ev a p a t h i r a j a M V, Rathgama and Ruwini Nan­dasena of St. Joseph's Girls' School are the other two con­tenders in the list.

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