Old Northamptonians are pleased to confirm the signing of Sri Lankan all-rounder, Dilshan Kanchana, for their 2024 Northants League campaign.

Kanchana is a talented batting all-rounder (seam) who has enjoyed plenty of success, both home, and abroad, over the past decade.

A schoolboy prodigy, the all-rounder represented Sri Lanka U19s, playing a solitary ODI against Bangladesh in April 2013. The following year (Aug 2014), he would hit the headlines by striking a remarkable triple century (319) before taking 9 wickets, in a Sri Lankan U19 (D111) match. His innings, which contained 44 fours, and 9 sixes, came from only 306 deliveries, guided his school, Devapathiraja College, to an innings and 259 run victory over President’s College.

In January 2015, he would make his first-class debut for Nondescripts Cricket Club, but unfortunately only featured in 2 domestic matches. Kanchana would return two seasons later (2017/18), this time for Galle Cricket Club, where he would play 5 matches.

Seeking pastures new, Kanchana headed down under and enjoyed stints in Australia either side of COVID, playing for VSDCA (Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association) club’s Taylors Lakes (2018/19), and Melton (2019/20, 2022/23).

He returned to the Sri Lankan domestic fold in 2021/22 for Galle and he excelled, particularly with the ball in the One-Day Competition (9 wickets at 17.66), before a successful first-class campaign with the bat in 2022/23 (352 runs at 27.07).

Now the batting all-rounder is set to showcase his skills in the UK having signed with Old Northamptonians for their 2024 Northants Cricket League campaign.