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Lahiru Samarakoon

Sri Lanka | All-Rounder (Seam)

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Lahiru Samarakoon
Born03/03/1997
Country Sri Lanka
Player Status Placed - Oswestry CC (Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League)
Player Type All-Rounder (Seam)
Player RoleRA Fast-Medium | LH Middle-Order Bat
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 (Creative & Sporting)
Major TeamsSri Lanka Emerging Players, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Badureliya Sports Club, Kandy District, Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club, Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club, Jaffna District, Galle Cricket Club, Dharmaraja College (Kandy)
Coaching Qualifications

UKCC Level 2

 

Lahiru 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.

To date, bowling opportunities have been fairly limited, but what he's lacked in wickets, he's certainly made up for with runs, scoring his maiden first-class century (101* v Ragama) amongst 317 runs at 28.81. 

He joined Badureliya in 2018/19 after a barnstorming season with the ball in 2017/18, taking 27 wickets at 28.92 alongside 163 runs at 20.37. His exploits were rewarded with selection for the Super Four Provincial Tournament, where he played a solitary match for Kandy District against Galle, taking 4 wickets, including the notable scalps of Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Milantha (in both innings).

Samarakoon has long been regarded as a Test player in the making, following a glittering junior career for Dharmaraja College (Kandy). His exploits at age-group level culminated with Sri Lanka Under-19 selection towards the back end of the 2015 calendar year, playing in matches against Pakistan and India.

A few years on, the Sri Lankan prospect was fast-tracked to play for the Board President’s XI against the touring Bangladeshi’s in March 2017 followed by 4 matches for the Sri Lankan Emerging Players against Afghanistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Pakistan Under-23’s.

The high-class prospect is definitely one for the future who spent the 2018 season plying his trade in UK league cricket. He played 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 option, 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.

 

Last Updated 06/02/2019

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
First-class 21 31 9 498 101 22.63 2282 1659 43 4-56 38.58
List A 11 7 0 123 40 17.57 265 263 5 2-54 52.6
Twenty20 9 8 0 125 99 15.62 133 180 7 2-5 25.71
U19 ODI 4 2 0 28 17 14 134 98 3 2-20 32.66

Statistical record last updated 7th April, 2019
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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Camberley (2018) 15 14 4 301 56* 30.10 130.1 507 33 4/24 15.36