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Chorley CC Re-Sign Silva As 2021 Professional

Chorley Cricket Club is delighted to announce the re-signing of Sri Lankan international Roshen Silva.

Silva had agreed to join as the club’s professional for the 2020 season only for the coronavirus pandemic to scupper the deal.

Upon completion of the revamped 2020 Northern League/Palace Shield season, where Chorley finished runners up, officials from Windsor Park moved swiftly to agree terms for 2021.

“There’s a bit of de ja vu but we’re here again and I’m delighted to again have agreed the signing of Roshen Silva,” said first team captain Andy Holdsworth.

“Naturally, it was disappointing he couldn’t come this season as there was huge excitement to welcome an international player to the club.

“However, we’re in circumstances we could never imagine but I’m pleased we can plan for 2021.

“There was a lot of positives to take from this season none more so than the emergence of talented youngster Louis Johnson.

“Adding high calibre players like Roshen will only improve our young side and I’m already excited for indoor training which starts early next year.”

Silva is regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s most consistent domestic players having scored more than 8,000 first class runs at an average of 48.82.

A right-handed batsman who bowls off spin, he plys his trade for Ragama and made his test match debut back in 2017 where he scored a match saving unbeaten 74 against India in Delhi.

With 15 test matches to his name, Silva averages a more than respectable 35.10 which includes five half centuries and one century which came against Bangladesh in Chattogram.

Silva has twice travelled to the UK having featured for Guisborough Cricket Club in the highly competitive North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League and Coleraine Cricket Club.

Speaking about re-signing for Chorley, he said: “I’m really pleased to be re-signing for Chorley Cricket Club.

“It was disappointing I wasn’t able to travel for the 2020 season but it was completely understandable.

“I’m excited for my season in Sri Lanka and I cannot wait to get to the UK, Chorley did extremely well this year in a shortened season and there’s plenty we can work on to ensure 2021 will be even better for the club.”

The club would like to thank James Hine of WSX Cricket for his assistance throughout the signing process.