Caythorpe has signed Sri Lankan star Adeesha Nanayakkara for their South Notts League campaign next summer.

A prolific domestic all-rounder

Nanayakkara is an accomplished batting all-rounder (who bowls both off-spin and medium pace) playing for Ace Capital in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.

A hard-hitting batter, Nanayakkara boasts an impressive domestic career averaging 36.34 and 42.32 in first-class and List A cricket, prior to the 2021/22 season.

A former Sri Lankan Under-19 (2009/10) player, Nanayakkara made his List-A debut for Saracens Sports Club in 2011/12 and has subsequently represented Colombo Cricket Club, Bloomfield Cricket, and Athletic Club, SL Ports Authority, and most recently newly formed team, Ace Capital.

He has excelled in all formats since the 2016/17 season. In first-class (Tier A) cricketer, he has struck 512 runs at 36.57 (2016/17), 320 at 80 (2017/18), 650 at 46.42 (2018/19), and 459 runs at 45.90 (2019/20).

This trend has continued into white-ball cricket, in-particular List A where he has struck 320 runs at 80 (2017/18), 274 runs at 54.80 (2018/19), and 220 runs at 73.33 (2019/20).

And dominant abroad

The talented all-rounder has also performed with distinction abroad, playing for Chippenham Cricket Club in the West of England Premier League.

His exploits in 2018 and 2019 (2,196 runs at 57.79 and 61 wickets at 18.80) were instrumental in the club’s back-to-back titles and subsequent promotions, from the Wiltshire and Prem 2 (Glos/Wilts) divisions, in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

It came as no surprise Chippenham re-signed their Sri Lankan star for a third stint in 2021, where he continued to shine, this time in the ECB Premier Division (873 runs at 39.68 and 21 wickets at 27.52).

Pastures new as Adeesha joins Caythorpe

However, after 3 hugely successful years at Chippenham, the time has come to seek pastures new and he is set to join Caythorpe for their South Notts League promotion push in 2022.