Tharindu Ratnayake2020-09-11T10:33:45+01:00

Tharindu Ratnayake

Date of Birth 18/04/1996
Age 24
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Available
Playing Role Bowler (Spin)
Bowling Style Left-arm Orthodox Spin, Right-arm Off Spin
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Moors Sports Club, Sinhalese Sports Club, Kandy District
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Tharindu Ratnayake is a headline-grabbing tweaker playing for Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka's top flight (Tier A) domestic competition.

One of the new breed of Sri Lankan spinners with the rare ability to bowl with both arms, Ratnayake has dominated domestic cricket in recent years.

Since his first-class debut in 2015/16, the tweaker has taken well over 200 wickets - 178 in 39 first-class games, alongside averages in the low-20s in white-ball cricket.

The ambidextrous spinner, who’s equally adept bowling off-spin and left-arm orthodox, started to hit his straps whilst playing for Moors Sports Club in 2017/18. His season tally of 46 wickets (with four 5-wicket hauls) saw him top his sides wicket charts and finish as the 6th leading wicket-taker in Tier A of Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament.

Following a barnstorming season with Moors, Ratnayake returned to his beloved Sinhalese Sports Club for the 2018/19 season. He excelled, finishing 3rd on the Premier League (Tier A) wicket charts with 53 wickets at 29.05. Whilst less prolific in 2019/20, the spinner still managed a further 19 wickets at 34.15.

Whilst he’s hit headlines courtesy of his unique bowling ability, Ratnayake is also a competent left-hand batsman, boasting both first-class (66) and T20 (63*) fifties, respectively.

An exciting prospect, in more ways the one, the ambidextrous spinner rocked up for his maiden UK stint in 2018 and, unsurprisingly, impressed. Playing for Thornaby in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League, he took 75 wickets across league and cup matches, averaging 10.24, going wicketless in only 1 of his 28 matches. He topped the ECB Premier League wicket charts with 59 wickets at 10.85 and also weighed in with 301 runs at 23.15 with the bat.

The talented tweaker, who now holds a UKCC level 2, was set to return to Thornaby in 2019, but due to Super Provincial selection, the club terminated his contract. Their loss though, proved to be Buckingham Town's gain, as the Sri Lankan superstar bagged 28 poles at 14.46 to finish third in the Home Counties ECB Premier League wicket-charts, despite missing the first part of the season.

Rathnayake is a stand-out performer and arguably one of the best spinners outside International cricket. Given his UK success, he is now keen to return in 2021. He represents, without doubt, one of the best spin bowling recruits on the market.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Buckingham Town (2019) 10 8 0 171 88 21.38 151 405 28 7/46 14.46
Thornaby (2018) 29 26 6 409 69* 20.45 284.3 801 77 6/22 10.40
Date of Birth 18/04/1996
Age 24
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusAvailable
Playing RoleBowler (Spin)
Player Status Available
Bowling Style Left-arm Orthodox Spin, Right-arm Off Spin
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Moors Sports Club, Sinhalese Sports Club, Kandy District
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Tharindu Ratnayake is a headline-grabbing tweaker playing for Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka's top flight (Tier A) domestic competition.

One of the new breed of Sri Lankan spinners with the rare ability to bowl with both arms, Ratnayake has dominated domestic cricket in recent years.

Since his first-class debut in 2015/16, the tweaker has taken well over 200 wickets - 178 in 39 first-class games, alongside averages in the low-20s in white-ball cricket.

The ambidextrous spinner, who’s equally adept bowling off-spin and left-arm orthodox, started to hit his straps whilst playing for Moors Sports Club in 2017/18. His season tally of 46 wickets (with four 5-wicket hauls) saw him top his sides wicket charts and finish as the 6th leading wicket-taker in Tier A of Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament.

Following a barnstorming season with Moors, Ratnayake returned to his beloved Sinhalese Sports Club for the 2018/19 season. He excelled, finishing 3rd on the Premier League (Tier A) wicket charts with 53 wickets at 29.05. Whilst less prolific in 2019/20, the spinner still managed a further 19 wickets at 34.15.

Whilst he’s hit headlines courtesy of his unique bowling ability, Ratnayake is also a competent left-hand batsman, boasting both first-class (66) and T20 (63*) fifties, respectively.

An exciting prospect, in more ways the one, the ambidextrous spinner rocked up for his maiden UK stint in 2018 and, unsurprisingly, impressed. Playing for Thornaby in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League, he took 75 wickets across league and cup matches, averaging 10.24, going wicketless in only 1 of his 28 matches. He topped the ECB Premier League wicket charts with 59 wickets at 10.85 and also weighed in with 301 runs at 23.15 with the bat.

The talented tweaker, who now holds a UKCC level 2, was set to return to Thornaby in 2019, but due to Super Provincial selection, the club terminated his contract. Their loss though, proved to be Buckingham Town's gain, as the Sri Lankan superstar bagged 28 poles at 14.46 to finish third in the Home Counties ECB Premier League wicket-charts, despite missing the first part of the season.

Rathnayake is a stand-out performer and arguably one of the best spinners outside International cricket. Given his UK success, he is now keen to return in 2021. He represents, without doubt, one of the best spin bowling recruits on the market.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Buckingham Town (2019) 10 8 0 171 88 21.38 151 405 28 7/46 14.46
Thornaby (2018) 29 26 6 409 69* 20.45 284.3 801 77 6/22 10.40
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