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Lanka Premier League

How the English players fared in the inaugural LPL

by Cameron Ponsonby 2 minute read

With the inaugural Lanka Premier League having come to an end, here’s our review of how England’s players in the tournament performed.

Laurie Evans – Colombo Kings

289 runs @ 57.80; SR: 170.00

What a tournament. The spearhead of a Colombo side that topped the group stages, only for injury to rule him out of the semi-final in a game that his side then lost without him.

His innings of 108* off 65 balls against the Jaffna Stallions was the first ever LPL century and his highest ever T20 score. What made the innings even better was that it came in a match where his team could only muster 173 in total. A score they then defended by just six runs.

For Evans, this is an impressive franchise showing off the back of an excellent Blast campaign. In his last 19 T20s he averages 50 and has a strike rate of over 150. Numbers which can’t help but remind you of someone

Daniel Bell-Drummond – Colombo Kings

151 runs @ 25.16; SR: 117.96

An okay, if underwhelming tournament for Bell-Drummond, who was overshadowed by his English teammate Evans. Before Evans’ injury ruled him out of the semi-final, Bell-Drummond had been spending his time at No.3 where he only managed 81 runs from five innings. The chance up top brought the best out of him as he top scored with 70, however it wasn’t enough to prevent Colombo from defeat.

Samit Patel – Dambulla Viiking

189 runs @ 21.00; SR: 136.95

7 wkts @ 29.90, Econ 7.83

Patel was one of the Viiking’s go-to players in their run to the semi-final this year. With the bat, he was mainly at four, however he also opened and batted at six. And with the ball he has fulfilled the role of opener, first change, second change, third change and on one occasion, even fourth change. Whilst he may be in his twilight years at 36 years old, Patel’s reliability in his versatility is perhaps a sign of what we should expect from T20 cricket moving forward.

Tom Moores – Jaffna Stallions

61 runs @ 12.20; SR: 108.92

Not the tournament the 24-year-old wicketkeeper would have been hoping for. Batting across three different positions in his five games, Moores started the tournament with scores of 18, 5, 4 and 11. He then sat out the next two fixtures before returning as a specialist batter where he made his highest score of the tournament, 23 off 21. A second frustrating spell in franchise cricket for Moores after a three-match spell with the Multan Sultans in 2019 produced ten runs from three matches.

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