Oswestry swoop for Samarakoon - 06/02/19

Portrait - Lahiru Samarakoon Buck Town

Oswestry have signed in-form Sri Lankan all-rounder Lahiru Samarakoon for their 2019 Birmingham League campaign.

Samarakoon (21) is an exciting all-rounder playing for Badureliya Sports Club, alongside former Zimbabwean legend Tatenda Taibu, in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.

He moved to BSC this summer, following two successful seasons with Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club (2017/18) and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (2016/17), respectively.

Earlier this week, Samarakoon struck his maiden first-class century (101* v Ragama), taking his season tally to 317 runs at 28.81. This backs up his impressive 27 wickets at 28.92 alongside 163 runs at 20.37 for Bloomfield last summer.

Samarakoon represented Sri Lanka Under-19 and is seen as a player for the future, given recent inclusion for the Board President’s XI and the Sri Lankan Emerging Players' sides.

Last summer, the all-rounder played his maiden UK league stint for Camberley in the strong Surrey Championship (Division 1). He finished as one of the leading wicket-takers in the division with 33 poles at 15.36 and chimed in with 301 runs at 30.10.

He also impressed during several CricX matches throughout the summer with not only his raw pace, but fantastic attitude towards his team-mates and opposition.

A highly rated cricketer - after striking his maiden first-class century, Samarakoon has signed to return to England again in 2019, this time to play in the Birmingham League for Oswestry Cricket Club.


Check out Lahiru's CricX profile here


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