- Born (age)
- LocationSri Lanka
- Squad Number00?
|Current team||Nelson CC (Lancashire League)|
|Player Type||All-Rounder (Spin)|
|Player Role||LH Top-Order Bat | SLA Orthodox Spin|
|Major Teams||Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club, Badulla District, St Servatius’ College (Matara)|
Sanjika Ridma (24) is a star in the making who has recently concluded a strong 2018/19 first class season in Sri Lanka. The hard-hitting, left-arm spin bowling, all-rounder, scored 657 runs at 41.06 with a century (119) and 6 fifties. Whilst bowling opportunities for SL Army were limited in red ball cricket, he has impressed over the years, especially in the shorter formats.
Ridma starred for St. Servatius College (Matara) and was a nominee for the “Top All-Rounder” award at the Singer – SLSCA Cricket Awards in 2013/14. He scored 706 runs at 37.16 and took 51 wickets at 12.98 that summer, following his breakthrough 2012/13 season in Division 1 of the Under-19 Two-Day competition (472 runs at 24.84 and 53 wickets at 13.64). His success culminated with Sri Lankan Under-19 selection, where he played 6 Youth ODI’s in 2013, alongside current International players Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sandun Weerakkody and Kusal Mendis.
In 2014/15, Ridma broke into first-class cricket for SL Army (Tier A – Premier Tournament). Whilst he didn’t set the competition alight with the ball, he impressed with the bat hitting 3 half centuries amongst 511 runs at 36.50. Ridma backed up with a solid 2015/16 season (239 runs at 29.87), before his barnstorming 2016/17 List A campaign with Badulla District. The left-arm tweaker topped the Inter-District Limited Overs tournament wicket charts, taking an incredible 15 poles at 6, with best bowling figures of 5-11. His efforts were rewarded with the award for the “Best Bowler” at the Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards in November 2017.
Whilst excelling in top tier cricket in Sri Lanka, he continued to dominate the Premier and Provincial Under-23 tournaments, scoring runs and taking wickets for fun, including best performances of 152 and several 4-wicket hauls (playing for various U23 sides including Bloomfield, SLPA, Army and Eastern Province).
Ridma has been on song this summer and is now eager to showcase his skills for Lancashire League’s Nelson Cricket Club throughout the upcoming 2019 season.