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Nipun Karunanayake

Sri Lanka | All-Rounder (Spin)

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Nipun Karunanayake
Born11/01/1991
Country Sri Lanka
Player Status Placed - Re-Signed - Himley CC (Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League)
Player Type All-Rounder (Spin)
Player RoleLH Top-Order Bat | RA Leg-Break
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 (Creative & Sporting)
Major TeamsSri Lanka President's XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Schools, Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club, Dambulla District
Coaching Qualifications

UKCC Level 2

 

Nipun Karunanayake (27) is a high-class player currently skippering Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lanka’s Premier League Tournament. In 2016/17, his performances pushed him onto the national radar, to include selection (as captain) for the Sri Lankan President's XI who played the touring England Lions (February 2017) and the West Indies tour, for the Sri Lankan A side (October 2017).

Karunanayake was Sri Lanka Premier Tournaments second leading first-class run-scorer with 926 runs at 54.47, including a personal batting milestones in 7 of his 9 first-class matches, namely 124 (v Nondescripts), 108 (v Badureliya), 77 (v Sinhalese), 62 (v Tamil Union), 183 (v Galle), 98 (v Burgher) and 68 (v Saracens).

The explosive left-handed batsman then backed up with another prolific 2017/18 season at first-class level, to earn entry to the Super Four Provincial Tournament for Dambulla District. In his 9 Tier A matches for Bloomfield, the opening batsman struck 608 runs at 40.53 with a top score of 122. Karunanayake, who also bowls regular leg-spin at domestic level, has now scored over 3,300 first-class runs with 6 centuries, alongside 25wickets at 45.16 with best figures of 3-67.

Karunanayake has long been regarded as a player of national potential. He featured for both the Sri Lankan Schools (2007/08) and played 4 matches for the Sri Lankan Under-19s against Australia (2 Youth ODI’s in 2009) and England (2 Youth Tests in 2010). During the latter, after batting at 6 in the opening Test, he was moved to the top of the order in the second and struck 90 against an England attack featuring Jake Ball (Eng/Notts), Daniel Payne (Gloucs), Adam Ball (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Somerset) and Joe Root (Eng/Yorks).

Thereafter, Karunanayake made his first-class debut for Bloomfield in 2010/11, scoring 349 runs at 23.26 with a highest score of 91 in his maiden domestic summer. A lean 2011/12 preceded a 2012/13 season where he hit 258 runs at 21.50 with 2 half-centuries and his maiden ton (103).

It was this century that kick-started his first-class career. In 2013/14, he enjoyed a breakthrough season racking up 446 runs at 40.54, including his career-best 248. Karunanayake has since followed up with 338 runs at 30.72 (2014/15), 304 runs at 38 (2015/16) before his 2016/17 and 17/18 exploits, to firmly push his name onto the national radar.

The Sri Lankan star transferred his success abroad, in what was his maiden UK league stint in 2017. Playing for Himley, Karunanayake topped the Birmingham and District Premier League Division 1 batting averages, hitting 856 runs at 61.14. He also weighed in with 12 wickets at 29.83 for good measure. 

Karunanayake is now contemplating a UK return in 2019 and, clearly given his success home and abroad, represents a stand-out signing for any club next summer. 

 

Last Updated

09/09/2018

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
First-class 65 102 3 3389 248 34.23 1482 1129 25 3-67 45.16
List A 27 22 1 510 61 24.28 273 253 8 3-19 31.62
Twenty20 22 21 4 240 47* 14.11 57 68 1 1-2 68
U19 Test 2 4 0 123 90 30.75 - - - - -
U19 ODI 2 2 0 25 16 12.5 - - - - -

Statistical record last updated 10th December, 2018
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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Himley (2017) 18 18 4 856 101 61.14 66 358 12 4/29 29.83