Tharindu Ratnayake2019-10-04T12:05:04+01:00

Tharindu Ratnayake

Date of Birth 18/04/1996
Age 23
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Placed (Thornaby CC - North Yorkshire & South Durham Cricket League)
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. One of the new breed of Sri Lankan spinners with the rare ability to bowl with both arms, Ratnayake has dominated the first-class wicket charts in recent seasons.

The ambidextrous spinner, who’s equally adept bowling off-spin and left-arm orthodox, returned to SSC in 2018/19, following a barnstorming 2017/18 season with Moors, where he topped his sides wicket-charts and his 46 wickets (with four 5-wicket hauls) saw him finish as the 6th leading wicket-taker in Tier A of Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament.

On his return to SSC, he excelled, finishing 3rd on the Premier League (Tier A) wicket charts with 53 wickets at 29.05, following his two prior seasons with the club in 2015/16 and 2016/17 (60 wickets at 30.20 in 15 first-class matches. Whilst he’s hit headlines courtesy of his unique bowling ability, Ratnayake is also a competent left-hand batsman, boasting a first-class fifty (66) with an average of 17.02.

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 success over the past two UK seasons, he is now keen to return in 2020. 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 23
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusPlaced
Playing RoleBowler (Spin)
Player Status Placed (Thornaby CC - North Yorkshire & South Durham Cricket League)
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. One of the new breed of Sri Lankan spinners with the rare ability to bowl with both arms, Ratnayake has dominated the first-class wicket charts in recent seasons.

The ambidextrous spinner, who’s equally adept bowling off-spin and left-arm orthodox, returned to SSC in 2018/19, following a barnstorming 2017/18 season with Moors, where he topped his sides wicket-charts and his 46 wickets (with four 5-wicket hauls) saw him finish as the 6th leading wicket-taker in Tier A of Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament.

On his return to SSC, he excelled, finishing 3rd on the Premier League (Tier A) wicket charts with 53 wickets at 29.05, following his two prior seasons with the club in 2015/16 and 2016/17 (60 wickets at 30.20 in 15 first-class matches. Whilst he’s hit headlines courtesy of his unique bowling ability, Ratnayake is also a competent left-hand batsman, boasting a first-class fifty (66) with an average of 17.02.

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 success over the past two UK seasons, he is now keen to return in 2020. 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