Accrington Cricket Club

Accy sign Silva

Friday January 11th 2008

Accrington have signed all rounder Roy Silva as their professional for the 2008 season. The 27 year-old Sri Lankan plays for Moors Sports Club back home and he comes highly recommended by his agent Gary Hunt and two of his team-mates who are familiar names in league circles, his captain the former Church professional Ruvin Peiris and Ashton paid man Anil Rideegammanagedera.

Kumbo Roy Prasanga Silva has scored 2063 runs at 24.8 since making his debut for Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in 2001 with a top score of 171. Last season the right hander opened the batting for his club but the opportunities to bowl his right arm medium pace were more limited, yielding just 2 of his 72 First-class wickets. Silva's best bowling is 7-41 and he has scored three First-class hundreds and eight half centuries in 56 matches.

Silva, who will be the first Sri Lankan professional in the club's 162 year history, has returned a signed contract which was rubber stamped by Accrington's Management Committee.

The club will be looking to move into the top half of the table for the first time 1990 and make progress in the cup competitions with a side which will also be bolstered by the return of Graham Lloyd and Jimmy Hayhurst.



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