Suwanji Madanayake to play for England’s Ipswich CC
Suwanji Madanayake, a prominent first Class all-round cricketer to emerge from Kingswood College, Kandy, will be playing for the English non-metropolitan district of Ipswich, a county town of Suffolk, in the forthcoming English cricket season.
Madanayake, who earlier played in the Liverpool Championship for three years, in 2008 became the highest wicket-taker of the tournament to become the first Lankan player to achieve the milestone. He was also the first Liverpool player to achieve the 500 runs and 50-wicket milestone during the 2008 season.
Suwanji has played in 103 First Class matches and scored close to 3000 runs, inclusive of a century and 13 fifties. He has also captured 274 wickets with 13 five-wicket hauls and two match-bags of 10 wickets.
Suwanji, who was adjudged the Best Bowler of the Tier ‘B’ Premier League in Sri Lanka in 2006, was later adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament in 2007 and 2008.
Madanayake, who captained the Kingswood College First XI cricket team in the school’s centenary year, later joined Sampath Bank, for whom he excelled.
He played a lead role in Sampath’s fine win in both the Mercantile League and Twenty-20 Tournaments recently.
He was with Sampath Bank for 14 years.