Chanaka Ruwansiri2022-03-30T09:58:11+01:00

Chanaka Ruwansiri

Date of Birth 14/10/1989
Age 32
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Placed (North Mymms CC - Hertfordshire Cricket League)
Playing Role Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
Bowling Style RA Off Spin
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club, Lankan Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Chanaka Ruwansiri is a Sri Lankan sensation, who starred in the Northants League between 2015, and 2019, including a Premiership in 2015.

Playing for Rushden Town, he topped the Premier run charts in 2015 (922 runs at 54.24), 2016 (768 runs at 54.86), and 2018 (878 runs at 58.53), and finished narrowly second in 2019 (994 runs at 58.47). He also excelled with the ball, taking 32 wickets at 16.63 in his maiden season before finishing second and third on the Premier wicket charts in 2016 (42 wickets at 15.38) and 2018 (38 wickets at 17.42). To be fair, despite not featuring towards the top of either run or wicket chart in 2017, he still produced a storming season, racking up 810 runs at over 47 and 36 wickets at 22.75.

Ruwansiri is a dynamic cricketer – an explosive batter and wicket-taking off-spinner, who has played 153 domestic matches in Sri Lanka for the best part of a decade. In 69 first-class matches, he has 3,517 runs at 32.26 with 6 centuries, alongside 98 wickets at 31.54 with 2 five-wicket hauls. His most recent Premier Tournament, the 2019/20 season, was his most prolific, scoring 645 runs at 46.07 with 2 centuries and 17 wickets to boot.

However, it’s in UK league cricket that he’s really impressed, particularly during his 5-season Northants League stint, following his maiden UK season with Bolton League club Tonge in 2014, and subsequent stint with North Mymms (Hertfordshire Cricket League) in 2021.

Ruwansiri belted 17 hundreds for Rushden Town (who after recently merging, are now known as Rushden and Higham Town) – the majority of these have been belligerent, match-winning innings. In total, he churned out 4,701 runs at 52.23 with a further 21 half-centuries for the Northants club.

Ruwansiri was equally dominant with the ball, with 8 five-wicket hauls. Interestingly, during 6 of his 8 league 5-for's, the Sri Lankan star also churned out runs in complete all-round performances. These included match performances of 5-37 (17) and 92 (94) v Geddington and 6-39 (10) and 83 (94) against 2014 Premiers (and 2015 Runners-Up) Peterborough Town and 5-39 (10) and 153 v Horton House in 2018. In all cricket for Rushden, Ruwansiri bagged 203 wickets at 18.57. 

After five outstanding summers with Rushden Town, including a Northants Premier League winning season, Ruwansiri decided to seek pastures new and signed with North Mymms for their 2021 Hertfordshire Cricket League campaign. Whilst not as prolific, with averages of 29.13, and 22.54, with bat and ball respectively, his performances were sufficient to secure a return to the club in 2022.

Thereafter, the Sri Lankan all-rounder is open to a season in Australia or New Zealand for the 2022/23 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
North Mymms (2021) 17 17 2 437 88 29.13 139.3 541 24 5/65 22.54
Rushden & Higham Town (2019) 20 19 2 994 112* 58.47 176.3 775 37 5/69 20.95
Rushden Town (2018) 21 20 3 913 153 53.71 184.3 768 43 5/39 17.86
Rushden Town (2017) 20 18 1 810 170 47.65 166.1 827 37 6/71 22.35
Rushden Town (2016) 27 26 7 1027 124* 54.05 174.2 804 49 6/39 16.41
Rushden Town (2015) 23 23 3 957 152 47.85 170 595 37 5/37 16.08
Tonge (2014) 26 25 1 585 117* 24.38 320.5 1307 41 5/81 31.88
Date of Birth 14/10/1989
Age 32
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusPlaced
Playing RoleBatting All-Rounder (Spin)
Player Status Placed (North Mymms CC - Hertfordshire Cricket League)
Bowling Style RA Off Spin
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club, Lankan Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Chanaka Ruwansiri is a Sri Lankan sensation, who starred in the Northants League between 2015, and 2019, including a Premiership in 2015.

Playing for Rushden Town, he topped the Premier run charts in 2015 (922 runs at 54.24), 2016 (768 runs at 54.86), and 2018 (878 runs at 58.53), and finished narrowly second in 2019 (994 runs at 58.47). He also excelled with the ball, taking 32 wickets at 16.63 in his maiden season before finishing second and third on the Premier wicket charts in 2016 (42 wickets at 15.38) and 2018 (38 wickets at 17.42). To be fair, despite not featuring towards the top of either run or wicket chart in 2017, he still produced a storming season, racking up 810 runs at over 47 and 36 wickets at 22.75.

Ruwansiri is a dynamic cricketer – an explosive batter and wicket-taking off-spinner, who has played 153 domestic matches in Sri Lanka for the best part of a decade. In 69 first-class matches, he has 3,517 runs at 32.26 with 6 centuries, alongside 98 wickets at 31.54 with 2 five-wicket hauls. His most recent Premier Tournament, the 2019/20 season, was his most prolific, scoring 645 runs at 46.07 with 2 centuries and 17 wickets to boot.

However, it’s in UK league cricket that he’s really impressed, particularly during his 5-season Northants League stint, following his maiden UK season with Bolton League club Tonge in 2014, and subsequent stint with North Mymms (Hertfordshire Cricket League) in 2021.

Ruwansiri belted 17 hundreds for Rushden Town (who after recently merging, are now known as Rushden and Higham Town) – the majority of these have been belligerent, match-winning innings. In total, he churned out 4,701 runs at 52.23 with a further 21 half-centuries for the Northants club.

Ruwansiri was equally dominant with the ball, with 8 five-wicket hauls. Interestingly, during 6 of his 8 league 5-for's, the Sri Lankan star also churned out runs in complete all-round performances. These included match performances of 5-37 (17) and 92 (94) v Geddington and 6-39 (10) and 83 (94) against 2014 Premiers (and 2015 Runners-Up) Peterborough Town and 5-39 (10) and 153 v Horton House in 2018. In all cricket for Rushden, Ruwansiri bagged 203 wickets at 18.57. 

After five outstanding summers with Rushden Town, including a Northants Premier League winning season, Ruwansiri decided to seek pastures new and signed with North Mymms for their 2021 Hertfordshire Cricket League campaign. Whilst not as prolific, with averages of 29.13, and 22.54, with bat and ball respectively, his performances were sufficient to secure a return to the club in 2022.

Thereafter, the Sri Lankan all-rounder is open to a season in Australia or New Zealand for the 2022/23 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
North Mymms (2021) 17 17 2 437 88 29.13 139.3 541 24 5/65 22.54
Rushden & Higham Town (2019) 20 19 2 994 112* 58.47 176.3 775 37 5/69 20.95
Rushden Town (2018) 21 20 3 913 153 53.71 184.3 768 43 5/39 17.86
Rushden Town (2017) 20 18 1 810 170 47.65 166.1 827 37 6/71 22.35
Rushden Town (2016) 27 26 7 1027 124* 54.05 174.2 804 49 6/39 16.41
Rushden Town (2015) 23 23 3 957 152 47.85 170 595 37 5/37 16.08
Tonge (2014) 26 25 1 585 117* 24.38 320.5 1307 41 5/81 31.88
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