Bandara ready for his Woodhall debut

In a spin: Malinga Bandara who could make his debut for Woodhall Spa on Saturday
In a spin: Malinga Bandara who could make his debut for Woodhall Spa on Saturday

Woodhall Spa are hoping to unleash their exciting new signing - Sri Lanka Test star Malinga Bandara - against Louth on Saturday.

Bandara will replace fellow countryman Prasanna Jayawardene, who is a member of the Sri Lankan squad about to tour England.

However, Bandara’s arrival has been delayed by visa issues and he’s missed the opening two games of the season.

His absence has not been a particular problem as Woodhall Spa demolished newcomers Market Rasen in their first match and saw last Saturday’s clash at Bourne cancelled because of bad weather.

However, coach Paul Timby has revealed Bandara should arrive in time to face Louth at Jubilee Park.

Timby said: “We’ve been assured the visa should go through within the next couple of days so it will be a matter of getting him on a flight and hopefully he will be okay for Saturday.”

Bandara, a leg spinning all rounder, has a formidable record with bat and ball.

His previous ‘stints’ in England involved playing for Gloucestershire and Kent.

Timby added: “He’s obviously a quality player but he will take time to settle in.

“The fact he’s played County Championship cricket over here is a bonus, especially at this time of year.

“He’ll know what conditions are like in England - and how to pull on three sweaters to keep warm!”

Bandara’s availability would be a bonus for Woodhall Spa as their bowling resources could be stretched pretty thin.

Quickie Connor Parsons (hamstring) is out for at least two weeks while Andy Carter is still not available because of his blistering start to the season with Nottinghamshire.

All rounder Matthew Sargeant is carrying an ankle problem but should be fit.

Bandara is not eligible for Woodhall Spa’s National Cup tie at home to Nottinghamshire champions Caythorpe at Jubilee Park on Sunday.

Sargeant, Jonny Cheer and Sam Evison could also be missing because of Lincolnshire call-ups.