Old Wulfrunians Tettenhall has re-signed Sri Lankan all-rounder Adeesha Thilanchana for their 2022 South Staffordshire Clubs County League campaign.
Thilanchana is an exciting prospect playing for the star-studded Moors Sports Club in Sri Lanka. An explosive batter and skillful left-arm seamer, Thilanchana has played over 80 matches across the three formats, but it’s in T20 cricket he’s excelled.
Since joining Moors in 2017/18, he has taken 31 wickets at 14.19 in Sri Lanka’s T20 Tournaments (8 wickets at 9.75 in 2017/18, 15 wickets at 14.26 in 2018/19, 3 wickets at 23.66 in 2019/20, and 5 wickets at 15.40 in 2020/21). During the 2018/19 campaign, he finished as the tournament’s third-leading wicket-taker.
Showing his all-round ability, Thilanchana has also opened the batting for Moors where he has produced several notable innings, striking at well over 100. Whilst he has yet to replicate his bowling success in the longer formats, he has shown glimpses of his potential, especially with the bat, hitting half-centuries in both first-class and List A cricket in recent years.
The talented all-rounder is a potential national T20 player and, eager to showcase his skills abroad, he signed with Boston for their Lincolnshire County Board Premier League campaign in 2019. In all cricket, the Sri Lankan struck 1,031 runs at 42.96 and took 27 wickets at 38.11.
After his productive maiden stint, Thilanchana returned last summer to play for Old Wulfrunians Tettenhall in the South Staffordshire Clubs County League. Across all cricket for the club, the all-rounder scored 744 runs at 39.16 and took 22 wickets at 31.23.
Set for Staffs return
Given his success, the Staffs club was swift to re-sign their Sri Lankan star for a second stint in 2022.