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Est. 1837

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2019 Professional Confirmed


Alankara Silva - 2019 Pro

Silva signs for Tod...

We are pleased to announce the signing of Alankara Asanka Silva as our 2019 professional.  Alankara is a 33 year old all-rounder from Sri Lanka and he currently captains his first class team back home, Badureliya Sports Club, in the highest tier of first class cricket in Sri Lanka.  Alankara bowls off spin and is a right handed batsman and he made his first class debut back in 2005.....what a year for cricket that was!

Alankara has taken over 300 first class wickets proving his quality with the ball as well as scoring over 3,000 first class runs to date.  Whilst Alankara has been predominantly a bowling all rounder throughout his career, over the last 12 months his bowling has been overshadowed as he has found himself opening the batting this year where he has impressed by scoring 526 runs from 9 games at an average of 52.60 with a high score of 151 to go along with his 19 wickets at an average of 27.47.  Alankara is a proven performer back home and over the last 3 first class seasons he has played every game and from those 27 fixtures he has taken 115 wickets at an average 25.00.

Alankara has experience of playing Sri Lanka A cricket, first class cricket and champions league T20 cricket, he has not been to the UK before for club cricket but we are confident that he will settle in quickly and hit the ground running.  We are currently waiting for visa approval before his flight is booked, but from the conversations our cricket committee have had with him he is keen to get here as early as possible to play in our pre season fixtures.  Alankara will not just be performing on the field this year, he will be attending two junior sessions per week at the club which will be of huge benefit to the youngsters and he will be a welcome addition to the junior coaching team.

Welcome aboard Mr Silva from all at TCC.