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2022 Professional

We are delighted to announce the signing of Sri Lankan Santhush Gunathilake as our professional for the 2022 Ribblesdale Cricket League Season


Santhush (22) is a top order prolific right handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler who is currently playing for Tamil Union in the Major Clubs Limited Overs Tournament in Sri Lanka

Santhush is one of the hottest prospects in Sri Lankan cricket right now and such is his promise he was fast-tracked to the national squad having only played 5 first-class matches.


He was selected in the 22-man Test squad for the South African series (Dec 2020) having impressed Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur who stated he was “very impressed by Santhush Gunathilaka. We are trying to develop a seam-bowling all-rounder for conditions outside Asia. It’s tough to find in Asia someone who bats in the top six and bowls seam and we are excited by the talent set of Santhush”.


The budding all-rounder made his first-class debut for Ragama, in a side that features the likes of Angelo Mathews. To date, he has played 9 matches, scoring two centuries and four fifties from 15 innings at an impressive average of 45.33, with a highest score of 130.


Prior to his national inclusion, Gunathilake had hit the headlines courtesy of his exploits for St Peter’s College in Colombo, where his run-scoring earned him Sri Lankan Under-19 honours where he played in the 2018 World Cup with former professional Ashen Bandara.


The former St Peter’s skipper racked up 2,434 runs at 51.79 with 8 centuries at the schoolboy U19 level (2-Day cricket), alongside 57 wickets at 14.25. It was his innings against Ananda College in January 2019 that really put Gunathilake on the map, breaking Angelo Perera’s schoolboy record (239) by hitting 252. A few months later, he produced more heroics, hitting 72 and 161* in the 85th Battle of the Saints against St. Joseph’s College.


We'd like to thank Steven Hirst at cricx.com for all his help in getting the signing of Santhush completed.


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