Little Stoke is delighted to announce the signing of experienced Sri Lankan all-rounder, Eranga Rathnayake, for their 2021 North Staffs and South Cheshire League campaign.

An accomplished performer

Rathnayake is an accomplished first-class all-rounder playing for Galle Cricket Club in Tier B of Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament.

A top-order batter / off-spinner, Rathnayake is on the verge of the 2,500 run / 100 wicket doubt in domestic cricket since his debut for Saracens Sports Club in February 2012.

Hailing from the prestigious St. Benedict’s College, with whom he skippered, excelled, and enjoyed a record-breaking 1st XI career, Rathnayake broke into first-class cricket courtesy of his exploits for Ragama Under-23’2 (2011/12, 2012/13).

He was picked and toured to India, with the Sri Lankan Development Squad in 2012. He has since represented Ragama, Saracens, Galle most recently Kalutara Town at domestic level.

Eranga is a proven performer, home and abroad. (c) ThePapare

First Class dominance

He has excelled at first-class level in recent seasons. In 2017/18, he struck 2 centuries amongst 486 runs at 60.75 alongside 11 wickets at 25.63.

The following season, he added another century en route to 278 runs at 30.88 and 13 wickets at 30.46.

Last summer, whilst not as prolific with the bat (321 runs at 22.92), he starred with the ball, taking his second 5-wicket bag amongst 22 poles at 25.09.

Proven Pro

Rathnayake has also enjoyed five successful seasons plying his trade in England.

In 2015 and 2016 combined, he scored 1,299 runs at 51.96 (3x100s, 9x50s) and took 36 wickets at 26.47 (2x5w) for Pagham in Division 2 of the Sussex Premier Cricket League.

He topped the league run charts during his first stint, then finished third on the ladder on his return in 2016.

Over the past three seasons (2017-19), he excelled for Woore CC in Shropshire. Playing in Division 2 of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League, the all-rounder has racked up 2,236 runs at 42.19 and taken 122 wickets at 16.87.

Little Stoke sign their man…

Given his success in the league, Little Stoke has swooped in to secure the Sri Lankan’s services for the 2021 season.