Sri Lankan batsman to stand in for professional

SUDBURY Cricket Club will host Coggeshall on Saturday (1pm) in a prelude to their first campaign in the East Anglian Premier League with a new replacement overseas player.

With Sri Lankan capped Hassantha Fernando’s arrival delayed for a month due to the Cricket World Cup extending his homeland’s domestic season, fellow countryman Nisham Mazahir was set to cover.

But with Mazahir opting to play a full season in Derbyshire, the club will use another Sri Lankan to provide them with a star player from the start of the campaign, with rivals Halstead visiting Friars Street for the tasty opener next weekeend.

Sujith Janaka will get his first outing for the Talbots on Saturday and will then play the first four weeks of the season.

Vice chairman of Sudbury Circket Club, Louis Brooks, said: “Sujith is an excellent batsmen with a great first class pedigree.”

Janaka, 34, has played 42 first-class matches, scoring 1,794 at an average of 32.61 for Colts Cricket Club in Sri Lanka. His highest innings score was 148. He normally keeps wicket.