Manoj re­mains in the lead

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

Sukhitha Manoj of St. Se­bas­tian's Col­lege Mo­ratuwa con­tin­ues to re­main as the leader of the pack of the All- Is­land Schools cat­e­gory in the fourth week of the Dia­log 4G- the Sun­day Times Most Pop­u­lar School­boy Crick­eter of the Year 2019 con­test.

Manoj added 275 votes in the ended week, taking his tally to 756. His lead against sec­ond placed Lak­shitha Rasan­jana of Na­landa Col­lege, ex­pands by a stag­ger­ing mar­gin of 592. Rasan­jana added 66 votes in the ended week. Be­hind him is Ab­hishek Ku­mara of Trin­ity Col­lege, who takes his tally to 101 votes af­ter adding 19 in the ended week.

Thanusha San­daruwan of St. John's Col­lege Nuge­goda con­tin­ues to lead the Emerg­ing Schools cat­e­gory, where play­ers of Divi­sion II and III cricket play­ing schools get to come among the top. He ex­panded his lead by a fur­ther 115 votes, as his to­tal moved to 250 this week. He has a close con­tender in Vishal Ruk­shan of St. Peter's Col­lege Gam­paha, who rock­eted his way to close in be­hind seven votes.

The Girls' Schools cat­e­gory, which was in­tro­duced to the ever pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try last sea­son, runs solo for the mo­ment. Sithmi Ni­rasha of Anula Vidyalaya Nuge­goda takes the sole run, but in weeks to come she is cer­tainly to have more ri­valry from other con­tenders who have al­ready shown in­ter­est.

The na­ture of the race to the top could def­i­nitely hit a peak as weeks progress with 23 more week­ends to go be­fore it comes to an in­ter­est­ing end. 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 out in the TamilMir­ror.

Read­ers could vote for their favourite school­boy or school­girl crick­eter and take them to the win­ning post dur­ing this pe­riod be­fore the dead­line of 26 weeks come to an end.

In ad­di­tion Dia­log Ax­i­ata's on­line vot­ing sys­tem through their official On­line Por­tal to vote for the Most Pop­u­lar Crick­eter ( www. dia­log. lk/ cricket), will come alive from November 16. Play­ers of all cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing those al­ready in the fray through coupons, should regis­ter them­selves fol­low­ing the link www.dia­log. lk/cricket/regis­ter. The method to fol­low in the dig­i­tal reg­is­tra­tion process has been made sim­ple for school­boys and school­girls. Al­ready a good num­ber of play­ers have reg­is­tered and their names will be pub­lished in weeks to come af­ter nec­es­sary ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

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.

On­line Reg­is­tra­tion

The dig­i­tal vot­ing mech­a­nism will have its usual pro­ce­dure as last sea­son where all play­ers must regis­ter on­line. Play­ers who wish to en­ter the fray will have to con­firm their par­tic­i­pa­tion by reg­is­ter­ing on­line with -- www.dia­log.lk/cricket/regis­ter -- from Oc­to­ber 14 to November 16.

Even school­boy crick­eters whose names are en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion by read­ers must regis­ter be­fore that dead­line. To val­i­date their reg­is­tra­tion play­ers should also be reg­is­tered un­der the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (SLSCA) with a valid reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. Play­ers with­out a valid reg­is­tra­tion from SLSCA will not be in­cluded in any cat­e­gory of the Most Pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion. The de­ci­sion of the Sports Edi­tor of the Sun­day Times will be fi­nal.

Play­ers who regis­ter on­line dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber will be of­fi­cially scru­ti­nized of their el­i­gi­bil­ity and en­tered to the on­line vot­ing mech­a­nism from November 16, while the cus­tom­ary vot­ing through coupons will be still on. From November 1, the On­line Por­tal will be open for vot­ing while on­line reg­is­tra­tion will be still ac­cepted up to November 16. Dur­ing the month of November, the names of reg­is­tered play­ers will be re­leased weekly, every Wed­nes­day while the cut­off date for weekly scru­ti­n­is­ing will be the pre­vi­ous Fri­day of each week. On­line vot­ing will be open from November 21 to March 31, 2019.

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, as well as that of Dia­log Ax­i­ata's On­line Por­tal.

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.

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