De Silva in, Kash out

PUBLISHED: 11:03 23 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Kash Weeraratne will be playing for Sri Lanka next month instead of Potters Bar

Kash Weeraratne will be playing for Sri Lanka next month instead of Potters Bar

POTTERS Bar CC enter the 2008 cricket campaign with a new-look team that has the luxury of competition for places sure to bring out the best in every player. Having lost inspirational all-rounder Kash Weeraratne due to his selection to play for Sri Lanka

POTTERS Bar CC enter the 2008 cricket campaign with a new-look team that has the luxury of competition for places sure to bring out the best in every player.

Having lost inspirational all-rounder Kash Weeraratne due to his selection to play for Sri Lanka in the one-day series against West Indies, The Walk club have moved quickly to sign up new blood.

Lanka de Silva is set to take up the overseas position, and with an average of 41 with the bat in first class cricket spanning some 16 years, big things are expected.

De Silva played three Test matches for Sri Lanka against India in 1997.

He also made nearly a dozen one day international appearances, averaging 53 in the shorter version of the game.

Potters Bar CC committee member Mark Shepherd said: "De Silva is a class act and it's a great signing for the club.

"Everything has been agreed with him, and now we're just waiting for the red tape to be lifted."

Bar finished second in the Home Counties Premier League Division Two (East) last season, and having made numerous changes to the playing staff, it is hoped that this year they can win the league and secure promotion to Division One.

Former Leicestershire and Derbyshire seam bowler Nick Walker has been added to the side, as well as Steve Gale, the prolific batsman having signed from nearby Hatfield where he was captain last season.

Other new recruits include Tom Coughlan, who has rejoined the club from Enfield, and Adam Norman, brother of Bar batsman Jared, who has returned home from Australia.

Moving the opposite way are spin bowler Paul Barker, who has joined Radlett, and Gavin Baker, who has made the trip to WGC.

Shepherd said: "I believe we have the strongest team we have ever had.

"Not only have we signed some class players, but there is going to be good competition to actually get into the starting 11.

"It's a shame those players who have left won't be here to celebrate what I believe will be a successful season.

"People want to be a part of this club now, and we are optimistic of winning the league and cup with the squad we have got."

The league season starts in May.

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