- Windies 'A' Vs SL 'A' - T2D1

- Windies 'A' Vs SL 'A' - T2D1

Post by Upali Samarakoo » Thu, 14 Nov 1996 04:00:00

  Kalpage (6/51) spins out Windies `A' for 220


   Sri Lanka discard Ruwan Kalpage returned career-best figures of 6 for
   51 to spin West Indies `A' out for 220 on the opening day of second
   4-day unofficial cricket Test at the SSC grounds, Wednesday.

   By the close Sri Lanka `A' had replied with 67 for one wicket losing
   opener Chaminda Mendis for 20 to a sharp rising delivery from Cameron
   Cuffy which he edged to the wicket-keeper.

   Duleep Samaraweera was unbeaten at the close on a well compiled 30 in
   91 minutes with four fours and `nigh***chman' Wendell Labrooy on
   nought having survived a torrid over from Cuffy.


   The 90-minute cameo performance put up by openers Stuart Williams and
   Philo Wallace turned out to be a camouflage as West Indies `A' put
   into bat first by Skipper Sanjeeva Ranatunga, lost their last wickets
   for 47 runs _ all to Kalpage.

   Williams and Wallace***ed the Sri Lanka new ball attack of Pramodya
   Wickremasinghe and Labrooy to raise an opening partnership of 104 off
   107 balls.

   Wallace who has scored two successive centuries on the tour so far was
   in a aggressive mood punishing Labrooy for 22 runs (4 fours and 1 six)
   off the bowler's first over. West Indies raced to 51 for no loss off
   just 32 balls and one wondered whether it was a one-day contest that
   was taking place.


   Wickremasinghe's first spell of four overs cost him 34 runs (5 fours,
   1 six) and Labrooy's first four overs 47 runs (5 fours, 3 sixes).
   Wallace completed his half-century off 36 balls in 56 minutes with six
   fours and three sixes out of a total of 96.

   Ranatunga checked the run flow by introducing a double spin attack of
   Jayantha Silva and Kalpage. Silva achieved the initial break-through
   by having Wallace caught in the slips for 56 scored at a run a ball.


   Sri Lanka `A' claimed another wicket on the stroke of lunch when
   Wickremasinghe returning for his third spell, forced Williams to edge
   a catch to Nawaz at second slip. Williams scored 52 in two hours with
   one six and seven fours.

   Wickremasinghe continued his impressive spell after the lunch break by
   sending back Floyd Reifer for one and vice-captain David Joseph for

   Skipper Roger Harper halted the slide with Tony Powell by putting
   together a fifth wicket partnership of 53 before Kalpage came on to
   take the honours away from the West Indies.


   In a superb second spell of 13.5 overs, Kalpage took six wickets for
   39 runs to have all the West Indies back in the pavilion by the 65th

   It was a fine piece of off-spin bowling by Kalpage who would have done
   himself a lot of good in earning a recall to the senior side with this
   performance. Unfortunately for him, Sri Lanka do not have any
   international engagements until March next year after the Sharjah
   tournament. But one hopes the national selectors will earmark him when
   future selections are made.


   None of the West Indies batsmen with the exception of Harper, himself
   an off-spinner, played Kalpage with any comfort. They were totally
   bemused by the amount of spin and variation Kalpage subjected them to.

   The six-wicket haul was not only Kalpage's best in first-class
   cricket, but it also took him past 200 first-class wickets in an
   eight- year career.

   Providing Kalpage with excellent support was Wickramasinghe who is
   also keen to impress the selectors for a recall to the national side.
   After a poor opening spell, Wickremasinghe found his line and length
   right and his third spell of five overs for 3 for 14 tells how well he


   Fast bowler Nuwan Soysa was declared unfit and Labrooy was drafted
   into the side as the only change from the side named on Tuesday.

   Sri Lanka `A' are trailing 1-0 in the three-match series, having lost
   the first Test at Kurunegala by 10 wickets.