Salesbury pro writes name in record books

Amal Athulathmudali smashed 275 in just 106 balls
Amal Athulathmudali smashed 275 in just 106 balls

Amal Athulathmudali wrote his name into Houldsworth Ribblesdale League history with the highest ever Senior League innings ever recorded.

The 27-year-old Sri Lankan left hander smashed 275 in just 106 balls out of Salesbury’s 438-7 in 45 overs in their rout of Brinscall at Ribchester Road.

That too is a new League best, easily topping Padiham’s 381-5 against Great Harwood four years ago.

Athulathmudali’s staggering knock included 26 sixes and 21 fours as 240 of his runs came from only 47 balls!

Salesbury’s stand-in paid man from Bolton League Egerton shared a fifth wicket stand of 152 with James Watson (45) and 126 for the sixth wicket with captain Steve Brown (40 not out).

Athulathmudali, who also made 191 for Egerton earlier this summer, then claimed 5-19 as Brinscall were dismissed for 61.

However, his sensational innings was the talk of the league and the second double hundred this year following compatriot Janaka Gunaratne’s 210 for Section A leaders, Clitheroe.

Australian Jake Brown previously held the record, making 237 on debut for Ribblesdale Wanderers against Blackburn Northern in 2009.

Kashif Siddique made 233 for Padiham against Wanderers in 2007 while Baber Naeem hit 226 not out for Baxenden when Wanderers were again on the receiving end three years ago. Russell Whalley also scored 214 for Great Harwood in the Ramsbottom Cup against Ribblesdale in 2003.

On Saturday, Salesburty lost to Earby by two wickets after posting 158-9.