Nipun Karunanayake2022-06-07T08:56:49+01:00

Nipun Karunanayake

Date of Birth 11/01/1991
Age 31
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Available
Playing Role Batter
Bowling Style RA Leg Spin
Batting Style LH Opening Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka President's XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Schools, Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club, Dambulla District, Saracens Sports Club, Moors Sports Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

** Available for AUS/NZ (2022/23) & UK/EU (2023) **

Nipun Karunanayake is a high-class player playing for Moors Sports Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lanka's Premier League Tournament.

The explosive left-handed batter moved to Moors in 2019/20 following 8-seasons (2010/11-2017/18) with Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club (3,278 runs at 34.87), and a solitary campaign with Saracens in 2018/19 (686 runs at 52.76).

Karunanayake's 2016/17 summer, where he finished as Sri Lanka's second-leading run-scorer, hitting 926 runs at 54.47, including personal batting milestones in 7 of his 9 first-class matches, namely 124 (v Nondescripts), 108 (v Badureliya), 77 (v Sinhalese), 62 (v Tamil Union), 183 (v Galle), 98 (v Burgher) and 68 (v Saracens), propelled him onto the national radar.

He skippered the Sri Lankan President's XI who played the touring England Lions (February 2017) and featured on the West Indies tour, for the Sri Lankan A side (October 2017).

Karunanayake has long been regarded as a player of national potential. He featured for both the Sri Lankan Schools (2007/08) and played 4 matches for the Sri Lankan Under-19s against Australia (2 Youth ODI’s in 2009) and England (2 Youth Tests in 2010). During the latter, after batting at 6 in the opening Test, he was moved to the top of the order in the second and struck 90 against an England attack featuring Jake Ball (Eng/Notts), Daniel Payne (Gloucs), Adam Ball (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Eng/Somerset) and Joe Root (Eng/Yorks).

The Sri Lankan star has transferred his domestic success abroad, with two stints for Himley in the Birmingham and District Premier League (2,146 runs at 71.53 and taken 20 wickets at 32.55) followed by two seasons with Sussex Premier League for Cuckfield (739 runs at 41.00 and 16 wickets at 23.13 in 2021).

Karunanayake is currently into his second stint for Cuckfield in the Sussex Cricket League this summer. Follow his progress by clicking the link below.

https://cuckfield.play-cricket.com/player_stats/bowling/4088625?rule_type_id=179

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Cuckfield (2022)
Cuckfield (2021) 20 20 2 739 121* 41.00 81.2 370 16 3/16 23.13
Himley (2019) 25 20 5 930 121* 62.00 27 228 7 2/14 32.57
Himley (2017) 22 22 7 1216 117* 81.07 74 423 13 4/29 32.54
Date of Birth 11/01/1991
Age 31
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusAvailable
Playing RoleBatter
Player Status Available
Bowling Style RA Leg Spin
Batting Style LH Opening Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka President's XI, Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Schools, Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club, Dambulla District, Saracens Sports Club, Moors Sports Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

** Available for AUS/NZ (2022/23) & UK/EU (2023) **

Nipun Karunanayake is a high-class player playing for Moors Sports Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lanka's Premier League Tournament.

The explosive left-handed batter moved to Moors in 2019/20 following 8-seasons (2010/11-2017/18) with Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club (3,278 runs at 34.87), and a solitary campaign with Saracens in 2018/19 (686 runs at 52.76).

Karunanayake's 2016/17 summer, where he finished as Sri Lanka's second-leading run-scorer, hitting 926 runs at 54.47, including personal batting milestones in 7 of his 9 first-class matches, namely 124 (v Nondescripts), 108 (v Badureliya), 77 (v Sinhalese), 62 (v Tamil Union), 183 (v Galle), 98 (v Burgher) and 68 (v Saracens), propelled him onto the national radar.

He skippered the Sri Lankan President's XI who played the touring England Lions (February 2017) and featured on the West Indies tour, for the Sri Lankan A side (October 2017).

Karunanayake has long been regarded as a player of national potential. He featured for both the Sri Lankan Schools (2007/08) and played 4 matches for the Sri Lankan Under-19s against Australia (2 Youth ODI’s in 2009) and England (2 Youth Tests in 2010). During the latter, after batting at 6 in the opening Test, he was moved to the top of the order in the second and struck 90 against an England attack featuring Jake Ball (Eng/Notts), Daniel Payne (Gloucs), Adam Ball (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Eng/Somerset) and Joe Root (Eng/Yorks).

The Sri Lankan star has transferred his domestic success abroad, with two stints for Himley in the Birmingham and District Premier League (2,146 runs at 71.53 and taken 20 wickets at 32.55) followed by two seasons with Sussex Premier League for Cuckfield (739 runs at 41.00 and 16 wickets at 23.13 in 2021).

Karunanayake is currently into his second stint for Cuckfield in the Sussex Cricket League this summer. Follow his progress by clicking the link below.

https://cuckfield.play-cricket.com/player_stats/bowling/4088625?rule_type_id=179

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Cuckfield (2022)
Cuckfield (2021) 20 20 2 739 121* 41.00 81.2 370 16 3/16 23.13
Himley (2019) 25 20 5 930 121* 62.00 27 228 7 2/14 32.57
Himley (2017) 22 22 7 1216 117* 81.07 74 423 13 4/29 32.54
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