CLECKHEATON’S new overseas man Charitha Kumarasinge finally touched down in Bradford, following his long-awaited arrival from Sri Lanka.

The experienced batter deputised for his new club last weekend, and in line with his arrival, Cleck collected only their second victory of the campaign.

A quick flurry of runs for the new man (38) helped the Bradford side ease to a five-wicket victory over Pudsey St Lawrence.

With captain Mally Nicholson currently out with injury, Andrew Deegan has temporarily taken over the role, and ahead of this weekend’s fixture with Morley, he spoke highly of the impact of Kumarasinge.

He said: “The victory against Pudsey was a good one and I think it was a real team effort. Nicholas Lindley and Charitha performed really well with the bat.

“Charitha hit a quick 38 runs to take the game away from them. It helped to kill the game off, and it was exactly what we needed at that point in time. If we’d not had him, it would have probably been a closer game.

“I think it’s the first time he has played out of Sri Lanka, so it’s his first time playing on a Bradford league wicket. Hopefully, he’ll just get better and better.”

Deegan added: “I think he batted brilliantly, especially against spin. He looked really comfortable, and I think in Sri Lanka he’s an opening batter, but for us I think he will suit middle order at the fourth spot.

“Anybody that plays first class like he does, it’s a massive bonus to have in your side, especially in the Bradford League.”

Cleckheaton host Morley this weekend, who currently sit second from bottom and Deegan feels it’s a big opportunity for his side to collect consecutive victories for the first time this season.

He said: “It’s a very big game for us because after Morley we face the top three sides on the bounce, so I think winning this game is essential, not only for taking us up the table, but for winning two games on the trot, which we haven’t done this year.

“Morley will be fighting hard for a win, but we’ll be doing the same, just to make sure we have a bit of breathing room from the bottom two.

“Don’t get me wrong it will be a tough test for us. I do think they will be looking at the fixture and thinking they can pick up points.

“Over the years, Morley never give in, and we know they’ll be the same this year. They’ve got an overseas player who’s taking wickets and they are good out grinding out wins.

“So, we need to apply ourselves and stick to our game, then hopefully we will get the job done.”

After Cleckheaton have faced off with Morley, they host New Farnley who sit in second place. The away side will be coming into the fixture with confidence, after only two losses all season.