Sri Lankan Test ace Roshen Silva has signed for Chorley Cricket Club as their new professional

Chorley Cricket Club have swooped to sign Sri Lankan Test ace Roshen Silva as professional for the 2020 Northern Premier League season.

By Chris Boden
Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:51 am
Roshen Silva
Roshen Silva

One of Sri Lanka’s most consistent domestic players, the 31-year-old is a right handed top order batsman and bowls useful off spin.

Plying his trade for Ragama, Silva made his Test debut in 2017, scoring a match-saving unbeaten 74 in Delhi against India.

Having scored more than 15,000 first class runs at an average of 48.92, Silva also boasts a respectable Test average of 35.10, which includes five half centuries and one century, which came against Bangladesh in Chattogram.

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“I’m absolutely delighted to secure the signing of Roshen Silva,” said first team captain Andy Holdsworth.

“Roshen is a high calibre player and one of the best professionals available, it’s a real statement we’ve been able to attract somebody of his quality. The role of the professional is becoming more pivotal each year and I know Roshen will add bags of quality to our talented side.”

Silva has twice played in the UK, having featured for Guisborough in the highly competitive North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League, and for Coleraine.

Silva said: “I’m looking forward to joining Chorley Cricket Club, who play in the very competitive Northern Premier Cricket League.

“As soon as I learnt of their interest, I wanted to sign.

“I know players close to the club and already, they’ve made me feel so welcome.

“As a club, our aim is to challenge in every competition we compete in and I am looking forward to playing a big part in that.”

It is hoped Silva will arrive in time for the first pre-season friendly against Southport and Birkdale on Saturday, April 11th.