Arbroath professional arrives

ARBROATH United Cricket Club’s new professional, Harsha Eranga Vithana (25), arrived at Lochlands on Friday after a long battle with work permits and paperwork, only to be told their Saturday fixture had been cancelled.

He said: “I was disappointed that the game was called off. I am keen to start playing and I was looking forward to the game with my new team-mates.”

Harsha hails from Galle in Sri Lanka, where he has previously played for Galle, Ragama and Wayamba cricket clubs, as well as Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka under-17s and the under-19s squad.

He joined Arbroath from Durham, where he has played for the last two years. Primarily a right-handed batsman, he is also a spin bowler with a right-armed off-break.

At training on Tuesday he commented: “During my first year in Durham it was difficult to get used to the weather, but now, it’s not so difficult to acclimatise. The weather here is similar, so it’s not so bad.”

Relaying the comment by team-mate Harry Byrnes Howe, that he thought Arbroath would win all its remaining matches, Harsha laughed and said: “We’re a positive side, we always play for a win.”