Ins And Outs
After months of hard work we have finally succeeded in appointing our new professional for the 2021 season and are pleased to announce that we have engaged Sri Lankan Nimesh ("Nimi") Vimukthi.
Cricket followers may remember that Nimi was our professional in 2019 when he was sensational, helping the side to promotion by compiling 886 runs at 32.81 and 72 wickets at 10.54 in all cricket for the club.
Nimi is a 23 year old Sri Lankan cricketer who is an aggressive left hand batter and slow left arm orthodox bowler.
He is an exceptional all-round prospect playing for Chilaw Marians Cricket Club in Sri Lanka's top tier domestic competitions.
He joined the Tier A club in 2018/19, following his debut season with Panadura in 2016/17 (83 runs at 20.75 and 12 wickets at 38.33), and a prolific 2017/18 summer with Police Sports Club (288 runs at 24 and 50 wickets at 19.60).
The left-arm tweaker joined Chilaw in 2018/19, after finishing as Tier B's third-leading wicket-taker the prior summer. He made an immediate impact, striking his maiden first-class century (120) amongst a first-class tally of 543 runs at 36.20 alongside 31 wickets at 25.61.
Vimukthi was in the wickets, once again, last summer, taking 44 wickets at 21.02 to finish inside the top half dozen wicket-takers in Tier A cricket.
A schoolboy prodigy, Vimukthi excelled through the age-groups, particularly at Under-19 level. In the U19 2-Day competition, he scored 870 runs at 32.22 with a highest score of 132 alongside an incredible 77 wickets at 11.71 (nine 5-wicket hauls). He has clearly converted his promise as a junior to performance at senior level and has now pushed his name into the hat for international consideration.
Vimukthi has impressed at every level to date and has also done so abroad too, during his two stints in 2018 and 2019. During the former, in a struggling Bishop Auckland side, Vimukthi captured 55 wickets at 11.71, alongside 677 runs at 29.43 in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League and Cup competitions. The club subsequently re-signed him, but unfortunately, due to relegation, the contract became null and void.
The lucky recipients were ourselves and we swooped in for the Sri Lankan star for their 2019 Durham Cricket League campaign. Vimukthi was sensational, once again, helping us to promotion courtesy of 886 runs at 32.81 and 72 wickets at 10.54 in all cricket for the club.
For the 2020 season, Vimukthi was set to return to the NYSD, this time to play for the powerhouse Richmondshire CC. Unfortunately, a certain pandemic put pay to this.
Nevertheless, given his success in 2019, we were to re-sign the Sri Lankan star for their 2021 North East Premier League campaign.
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The Club would like to thank Cricglobal for its assistance and expertise during the acquisition process/contractual negotiations.
The Club is also pleased to announce that we have made 2 new signings of players from the North Yorkshire and South Durham League.
Peter Greenwell has returned to the Club.
Peter started playing for the Club in 2004 and left in 2018 to play 3 years for Darlington CC in the NYSD League.
Peter is an attacking right handed batter and right arm medium pace bowler.
For more details on Peter's cricket career please click here.
Shahid Khan has agreed to join the Club.
Shahid has played several seasons in the NYSD, had a season as professional at Evenwood CC and recently played for Marsden CC in 2019.
Shahid is an intelligent and patient, right arm, medium pace opening bowler who can swing the ball both ways.
He is quick to work out batsmen's weaknesses and will look to exploit them. He is also a talented, patient batsman who will look to build long innings.
For more details on Shahid's cricket career please click here.
The Club is also pleased to announce that Gary Embleton has decided to stay at the Club.
Chris Paton has also decided to rejoin the Club following a season at Wearmouth CC.
The Club would like to welcome all of our new signings and wish them a successful 2021 season.
Paul Hollinshead has informed the Club that he would like to re-register for the season but that he may not be available for most of the games.
Ryan Dowens has decided to join Eppleton CC.
The Club would like to thank all players leaving the Club for their performances in all forms of cricket in which they have represented the Club.