West Indies `A' pile on the runs against Sri Lanka
Sa'adi Thawfeeq reporting from Matara
Wicket-keeper and left-hand batsman Ridley Jacobs, four days away from
his 29th birthday joined Leeward Islands team mate Stuart Williams by
scoring a century, as West Indies `A' piled on the runs against Sri
Lanka `A' in the third and final 4-day unofficial cricket Test played
at the Uyanwatte Stadium yesterday.
While the 27-year-old right-hander, Williams made a career best 170,
Jacobs scored exactly 100 not out, after which West Indies `A'
declared at a massive 523 for 9.
By stumps on the second day, West Indies `A' had Sri Lanka `A' on the
back foot at 17 for two wickets before, bad light came to their aid
with seven overs of the day remaining.
Sri Lanka `A' require to reach a total of 373 to avoid being asked to
follow-on. It is a total they have not reached in the series so far -
the highest being 287 at the SSC. From the way they have gone about
tackling the West Indies `A' fast and slow bowlers, getting to that
total will require a major and disciplined batting effort on a pitch
which is still in favour of the batsmen.
Both wickets which Sri Lanka `A' lost yesterday were to poor shots -
Duleep Samaraweera attempting to hook Francis and sending the ball
down long leg's throat, and Russel Arnold, aiming a drive at Cuffy and
edging the ball to second slip.
West Indies resuming at 289 for 2, continued to frustrate the Sri
Lankan bowlers as well the top order batsmen got runs.
Top scorer, Williams batted the longest for 402 minutes and faced 314
balls in surpassing his previous highest first-class score of 165
against Barbados in 1996. He hit 17 fours, and although he added only
12 runs to his overnight score of 158, he set the trend for the rest
of the batsmen to follow.
With David Joseph (43), Williams added 103 for the third wicket. After
Pramodya Wickremasinghe had dismissed both batsmen within the space of
nine runs of each other with the second new ball, Jacobs held the
bottom half of the West Indies batting with useful stands of 85 for
the fifth wicket with Tony Powell (47) and 53 for the eighth with
Avinesh Samaroo (14).
Despite these partnerships, Jacobs had to rely on last man Cameron
Cuffy to get to his century. When the ninth wicket fell, Jacobs was on
86. He went to his hundred by first, hitting a six off leg-spinner
Nimesh Perera and then, being given a bonus of five runs to move from
95 to 100 by courtesy of Pushpakumara, whose aim at the striker's end
as the batsmen scrambled for a sharp single, went for four overthrows.
Jacobs batted 232 minutes and faced 171 balls in his chanceless
innings which comprised two sixes and seven fours.
SRI LANKA `A' - 1ST INNINGS
D. P. Samaraweera c Lewis b Francis 0, R.. P. Arnold c S. Williams b
Cuffy 5, M. N. Nawaz not out 9, M. S. Atapattu not out 2, Extras
TOTAL (for 2 wkts at close, 10 overs, 51 mins) 17.
FALL OF WICKETS: 14.
BOWLING (to-date): Cuffy 5-2-5-1, Francis 4-1-9-1, Lewis 1-0-3-0.
Thanks: Daily News ( http://www.lanka.net)