Lahiru Samarakoon2022-03-23T13:39:38+00:00

Lahiru Samarakoon

Date of Birth 03/03/1997
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Unavailable
Playing Role Bowling All-Rounder (Seam)
Bowling Style RA Fast Medium
Batting Style LH Middle Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka Emerging Players, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Badureliya Sports Club, Kandy District, Jaffna District, Burgher Recreation Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Lahiru Samarakoon is an exciting pace all-rounder playing for Burgher Recreation Club in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.

He moved to RRC in 2020/21 due to the absence of first-class cricket, with whom he'd spent the previous two seasons playing for Badureliya Sports Club (following two successful seasons with Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club (2017/18) and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (2016/17), respectively).

The right-arm quick has made a huge impression at domestic level and has subsequently earned Sri Lankan Under-19, Board President XI, and Emerging Players' honours in recent years.

In March 2020, he starred for a Sri Lankan XI against the touring England side, picking up the massive wickets of Crawley, Buttler, and Woakes, before hitting quick-fire runs in the lower order.

Samarakoon has taken over 100 domestic wickets with 3 five-wicket bags and a 10-wicket match haul (10-157), taken in February 2020. He has also developed into a strong, hard-hitting lower-order batter with almost 1,500 domestic runs including 8 half-centuries, a T20 99, and a ton (101) at first-class level.

The all-rounder really is a high-class prospect, something he has also proved during two UK stints in 2018 and 2019.

During his opening stint, he played for Camberley in the strong Surrey Championship (Division 1). He finished as one of the leading wicket-takers in the division with 33 poles at 15.36 and chimed in with 301 runs at 30.10. He also impressed during several CricX matches throughout the summer with not only his raw pace, but a fantastic attitude towards his team-mates and opposition.

Samarakoon returned to England again in 2019, this time to play in the Birmingham League for Oswestry Cricket Club. He excelled, finishing second on the wicket charts (across all divisions) and topped the Premier Division (2) with 53 poles at 11.40. After a slow start to the summer, the Sri Lankan hit his straps from July onwards, taking 43 wickets in his final 9 games, to include a handful of 5-for's on the spin (6-44, 5-37, 7-29, 6-23, 5-6). He was simply unplayable at times, taking his wickets with a strike rate of 16.75.

The quick really is someone for the future and, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, is open to a UK return for a third stint in 2022.



Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Oswestry (2019) 18 15 1 174 30 12.43 148 604 53 7/29 11.40
Camberley (2018) 15 14 4 301 56* 30.10 130.1 507 33 4/24 15.36
Date of Birth 03/03/1997
Age 25
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusUnavailable
Playing RoleBowling All-Rounder (Seam)
Player Status Unavailable
Bowling Style RA Fast Medium
Batting Style LH Middle Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka Emerging Players, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Badureliya Sports Club, Kandy District, Jaffna District, Burgher Recreation Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Lahiru Samarakoon is an exciting pace all-rounder playing for Burgher Recreation Club in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.

He moved to RRC in 2020/21 due to the absence of first-class cricket, with whom he'd spent the previous two seasons playing for Badureliya Sports Club (following two successful seasons with Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club (2017/18) and Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (2016/17), respectively).

The right-arm quick has made a huge impression at domestic level and has subsequently earned Sri Lankan Under-19, Board President XI, and Emerging Players' honours in recent years.

In March 2020, he starred for a Sri Lankan XI against the touring England side, picking up the massive wickets of Crawley, Buttler, and Woakes, before hitting quick-fire runs in the lower order.

Samarakoon has taken over 100 domestic wickets with 3 five-wicket bags and a 10-wicket match haul (10-157), taken in February 2020. He has also developed into a strong, hard-hitting lower-order batter with almost 1,500 domestic runs including 8 half-centuries, a T20 99, and a ton (101) at first-class level.

The all-rounder really is a high-class prospect, something he has also proved during two UK stints in 2018 and 2019.

During his opening stint, he played for Camberley in the strong Surrey Championship (Division 1). He finished as one of the leading wicket-takers in the division with 33 poles at 15.36 and chimed in with 301 runs at 30.10. He also impressed during several CricX matches throughout the summer with not only his raw pace, but a fantastic attitude towards his team-mates and opposition.

Samarakoon returned to England again in 2019, this time to play in the Birmingham League for Oswestry Cricket Club. He excelled, finishing second on the wicket charts (across all divisions) and topped the Premier Division (2) with 53 poles at 11.40. After a slow start to the summer, the Sri Lankan hit his straps from July onwards, taking 43 wickets in his final 9 games, to include a handful of 5-for's on the spin (6-44, 5-37, 7-29, 6-23, 5-6). He was simply unplayable at times, taking his wickets with a strike rate of 16.75.

The quick really is someone for the future and, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, is open to a UK return for a third stint in 2022.



Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Oswestry (2019) 18 15 1 174 30 12.43 148 604 53 7/29 11.40
Camberley (2018) 15 14 4 301 56* 30.10 130.1 507 33 4/24 15.36
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