After a false start last summer, St. Peter’s will get their chance to see Sri Lankan star Nimanda Madushanka in action, having recently signed him for their 2021 Sussex League campaign.
A white-ball star
Madushanka is an exciting cricketer ideally suited to white-ball cricket. His fearless approach and all-round skillset make him a player first on many a side’s team sheet.
Madushanka is a sharp medium-pacer and hard-hitting batter who made his first-class debut for Nondescripts in 2014/15.
He played a couple of matches in his maiden season but failed to gain selection the following year.
A move prompts performance…
The all-rounder moved to Badureliya Sports Club in 2016/17 and announced his arrival with a blistering century (126) against an international-laden Tamil Union bowling attack that featured Chamika Karunaratne, Ramith Rambukwell, and Jeewan Mendis.
He spent two seasons with Badureliya before joining current club Moors for their 2018/19 campaign.
Whilst Madushanka hasn’t set the world alight in first-class, he has been an integral cog in the Moors machine in white-ball cricket.
In 2018/19, Madushanka’s heroics helped Moors to the T20 Championship. He averaged 38.66 and 24.42 with bat and ball respectively, throughout the campaign.
However, he saved his best performance for the final, guiding his side to victory off the final ball with Madushanka top-scoring with a 23-ball 47 with 4 sixes.
Last summer, Madushanka impressed once again, this time with the ball finishing amongst the leading wicket-takers with 11 wickets at 9, with best bowling figures of 4-11.
As the point of writing (09-March-21), he is the third leading wicket-taker in the SLC T20 with 14 wickets at 11.28.
The Sri Lankan all-rounder is now looking to break into the global T20 circuit, however, for the time being, he will continue to mark his mark for Moors in domestic cricket.
Take 2: St. Peter’s sign their Sri Lankan star
Madushanka was set to embark on his maiden UK stint in 2020, before COVID put pay to his season.
Nevertheless, it’s second time lucky, as St. Peter’s has drafted the Sri Lankan star for their 2021 Sussex League campaign.