F&B star Sonal still has eyes on league title tilt

Fulwood & Broughton professional Sonal Dinusha has smashed the 1,000-run barrier just halfway through the 2022 cricketing summer.

And in an illustration of his all-round abilities, he also tops the current bowling statistics having taken 46 wickets an average of 11.87

In back-to-back matches last weekend, the Sri Lankan became the first man this season to break through the magical four-figure mark in the Northern League with the bat.

Dinusha reached the cusp of 1,000 runs by scoring a century in the league victory over Chorley on Saturday. That was his second three-figure score of the season following a brilliant 135 not out against Penrith.

Sonal Dinusha has scored more than a 1,000 runs for F&B. Photo by: Steven Taylor @sjt_photos

He has also scored seven 50s and boasts an average of 55.78 runs which has helped F&B reach the final of the T20 Cup, losing to Chorley, and they are currently second in the league table.

Aged 21, the rising cricket star made his first-class debut for Colombo Cricket Club in the 2018-19 Premier League Tournament.

In January 2020, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2020 Under-19s Cricket World Cup and made his Twenty20 debut in 2021 for Colombo Cricket Club in the SLC Twenty20 Tournament.

Dinusha said he was really enjoying his time in Lancashire.

He said: “It’s great to be part of a local Lancashire team and learn about the game from an English perspective.

" I am really enjoying the experience, the variety of grounds that I have visited and teams that I have played against, and especially the hot weather which is more in keeping with playing cricket back home.”

Cricket Chair at Fulwood and Broughton Prital Lad said: “It has been a real pleasure to have Sonal at the club this summer.

"His performances have been a real joy to watch and he has had a real positive impact on the team as a whole.

"He is 100% focussed on his cricket as well, which is also a real inspiration to all our players. We really hope Sonal opts to stay with us for next season as well.”

Fulwood and Broughton face bottom side Vernon Carus at Highfield in their next match on Saturday –looking for a win which will keep the pressure on current leaders Garstang.

Dinusha added: “I have only one ambition for Saturday – another high score, lots of wickets and to get us closer to being league champions."

The Sri Lanka ace has also achieved an ECB Level Two coaching qualification and is available for one-to-one coaching for cricketers of all ages during the summer holidays.

For further details about coaching contact Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club by calling 01772 863003.