Bandara boost for Woodhall

Malinga Bandara. ANL-151005-145346002

Malinga Bandara. ANL-151005-145346002

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Woodhall Spa Cricket Club have pulled off a coup by convincing Malingara Bandara to return for a third season.

The all-rounder - who has played both test and one-day internationals for Sri Lanka - has signed on the dotted line as will return for next year’s Lincs ECB Premier campaign.

Malinga Bandara. EMN-140715-131242001

Malinga Bandara. EMN-140715-131242001

“Malinga has signed his contract and will come back,” captain Jack Luffman told The News.

“It’s really good news, really pleasing for the club.

“He’s been our professional for the past two years and we’re happy that he’ll be back for a third year.

“It’s a win-win situation for us.”

Bandara (pictured) opting to team up with Woodhall once more is a double coup for the Jubilee Park club as he also acts as the club’s coach.

Luffman believes that the 35-year-old’s influence has rubbed off on the whole club, especially the youth sections.

He added: “He’s done really well with the youngsters and we’re hoping to have one or two more younger players in the First XI squad, and maybe in the final XI come April.”

Bandara has also spoken about bringing his family over with him next year, a testament to how he feels Woodhall has become his second home.

“He feels quite at home here,” Luffman added.

“That’s testament to the club as a whole, and also to the whole community who make him and our other players feel very welcome.”

Luffman said that no member of last year’s squad has shown any sign of wanting to leave for another team next season, but added: “You never know what will happen in sport.”

Woodhall Spa CC finished last season third in the Lincs ECB Premier.

They also held their end of season awards at the weekend.

Turn inside for a list of winners.