Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : SL 253 for 8

Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : SL 253 for 8

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Mon, 11 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Friday 08, November 1996

Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : SL 253 for 8

SA'ADI THAWFEEQ reporting from Kurunegala

Marvan Atapattu played a captain's knock of 104 to steer Sri Lan-
ka `A' to a first-day total of 253 for eight wickets in the first
4-day unofficial cricket Test against  West  Indies  `A'  at  the
Welagedera Stadium Thursday.

Atapattu came to the wicket with his side struggling at 16 for  2
after being put into bat first on a wicket affording the West In-
dian pacemen enough early morning movement.

The right-hander was fortunate to survive  three  chances  before
reaching  fifty, to go and complete what was to be his first cen-
tury against international opposition.

Atapattu was given lives; at  14,  37  and  45,  the  unfortunate
bowlers  being  Ottis  Gibson and Cameron Cuffy - before settling
down to play some attractive strokes, to reach his century in the
78th over of the day off 175 balls with 10 fours in 310 minutes.

Atapattu became one his vis-a-vis Roger  Harper's  three  wickets
for  the  day  when he hit back an easy catch to Philo Wallace at
short leg.

Before his dismissal, Atapattu shared in stands  of  70  for  the
fourth wicket with Sanjeeva Ranatunga, 77 for the sixth with Lan-
ka de Silva and 65 for the seventh with Ruwan Kalpage.

Apart from Atapattu's fine knock, the rest of the Sri  Lanka  `A'
batting  failed  against  the West Indies combination of pace and

The plight of the Sri Lankans would have been worse had  not  the
West Indian fielders shoddy performance on the field.

The Sri Lankan innings got off to a bad start  when  Test  opener
Duleep  Samaraweera  ran  himself  out  needlessly without having
faced a single ball.  Samaraweera backed  up  too  far  from  the
non-striker's  end  and  failed  to  beat  Nigel Francis's direct
thrown from mid-off.

The West Indians never looked back from that unexpected bonus and
kept the pressure on the Sri Lankan's throughout the day.


R. R. Arnold c Harper b Cuffy 16, D. P. Samaraweera run out 0, S.
Jayantha c Ford b Cuffy 7, M. S. Atapattu c Wallace b Harper 104,
S. Ranatunga c Williams b Harper 23, I. S. de Saram c Ford b Gib-
son  4,  S. K. L. de Silva c Reifer b Lewis 32, R. S. Kalpage not
out 32, M. Villavarayen c Ford b Harper 3, N. Soysa  not  out  5,
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-8, NB-14, W-1) 27.

TOTAL (for 8 wkts at close 90 overs, 390 mins) 253.

FALL OF WICKETS: 0, 16, 24, 94, 107, 184, 239, 243.

TO BAT: K. J. Silva.

BOWLING (to-date): Gibson  16-4-42-1,  Cuffy  17-3-43-2,  Francis
10-2-49-0, Harper 24-6-42-3, Lewis 18-4-49-1, Reifer 5-0-16-0.

WEST INDIES `A': R. A. Harper (captain), D. R. E. Joseph,  P.  A.
Wallace, S. C.  Williams, F. L. Reifer, T. O. Pal, S. G. B. Ford,
O. D. Gibson, C. E. Cuffy, N.  B. Francis, R. N. Lewis.

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