Sri Lankan star to lead Talbots

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AN international cricketer who has played in seven One Day Internationals and two Test matches for Sri Lanka is set to lead Sudbury Cricket Club’s first ever foray into the East Anglian Premier League (EAPL).

The Friars Street club have pulled off a major transfer coup ahead of their EAPL debut, signing an overseas player/coach who has won the title before.

Kandage Hasantha Ruwan Kumara Fernando, the captain of Lakan Cricket Club in his homeland, has confirmed he will be flying into Suffolk in time for the first week in May, missing the opener with Halstead on April 23 due to an extended season in World Cup year.

Hasantha Fernando, as he is more commonly known, a pacey opening bowler and aggressive middle order batsmen at first class level, did enough to be selected for the Sri Lanka 2003 World Cup squad and played in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

Vice-chairman of Sudbury Cricket Club Louis Brooks said: “It has been an extensive search this season and I am sure that all in Sudbury and at the Sudbury Talbots will welcome Kandage Hasantha Ruwan Kumara Fernando.

“He is also an excellent ECB level two coach and has excellent references, has good experience in the English premier leagues.

“He has played for Whitehaven CC in the Cumbrian Premier League, scoring nearly 700 runs and taking 62 wickets. He also has played in the East Anglian Premier League. In 2009, he played for Vauxhall Mallards the year they won the league, scoring over 600 runs and taking 40 wickets. This experience will be key for the new season.”

He added the 31-year-old also brings a wealth of schools coaching experience and spent last season at Sawbridgeworth CC, who gave Sudbury glowing references.