Sri Lanka `A' in Danger of Defeat in Unofficial Test

Sri Lanka `A' in Danger of Defeat in Unofficial Test

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

Sunday 10, November 1996

Sri Lanka `A' in danger of defeat in unofficial Test:  Marvan  to

SA'ADI THAWFEEQ reporting from Kurunegala

Sri Lanka `A' fighting with their backs to the wall to  save  the
first 4-day unofficial Test against West Indies `A' will lose the
services of their captain Marvan Atapattu, who has been called up
as the 14th player to Sharjah.

Atapattu, who scored a century in the first innings, was unbeaten
on 30 runs at the end of the third day when Sri Lanka `A', trail-
ing West Indies `A' by 201 runs on the first innings, finished on
86 for 2 wickets - still requiring a further 115 runs to avoid an
innings defeat. Today is the final day  of  the  `Test'.  Batting
with Atapattu is Saman Jayantha on 19.

Atapattu however, will not be able to continue his innings  today
and  save  his  side  from  defeat  because he will be taking the
flight to Sharjah in the afternoon. He left for Colombo  Saturday

The SSC right hander was summoned to Sharjah Saturday  afternoon,
and  it  is  reliably  understood  that  he  will  replace Asanka
Gurusinha in the Sri Lanka side for the Champions Trophy match on

Sri Lanka are also facing an injury problem with Kumara Dharmase-
na  in  the  injury  list, but however Cricket Board sources said
that Atapattu was not being summoned as a replacement  for  Dhar-

Fast bowler Cameron Cuffy gave West Indies `A' the initial break-
through,  as  in  the first innings, by taking two wickets in his
opening spell. Cuffy sent back openers Russel Arnold  for  three,
caught  off  the outside edge at slips and Duleep Samaraweera for
21, caught at silly mid-off, trying to fend off  a  sharp  rising

Atapattu coming to bat at the fall of the first wicket and Jayan-
tha  with  stood  some hostile fast bowling by the West Indies to
survive till the close.

West Indies `A' continuing from their overnight total of 264  for
3  wickets, added a further 206 runs, before declaring at 470 for
9-35 minutes after the tea break, leaving Sri Lanka `A' the  task
of  surviving  22  overs.  Bad light cut short play by nearly two

The West Indies batting stars of yesterday were left handers Tony
Powell (87) and Floyd Reifer (96) and skipper Roger Harper (51).

Powell and Harper, the overnight pair, carried their fourth wick-
et partnership to 109 before the fast bowler Nuwan Soysa achieved
the initial breakthrough of the day with the second new ball,  by
having  Harper  caught  superbly  by  a diving Jayantha at second
slip. Harper made 51 in 164 minutes with six fours.

Reifer, who retired hurt with cramps on the second day,  returned
to  resume  his innings from 27. Dropped at six by Sanjeeva Rana-
tunga off Soysa and then at 44 - a return catch to Jayantha  Sil-
va,  Reifer made full use of these lapses to get within four runs
of a century. He was caught in the slips by Atapattu one of three
catches  for him, off part time bowler Russel Arnold. Reifer bat-
ted 288 minutes and faced 232 balls hitting  one  six  and  eight

Powell hit a chanceless 87 in 254 minutes with  10  fours  before
giving a return catch to Ruwan Kalpage.

Sri Lanka `A' also missed Shane Ford at eight  when  wicketkeeper
Lanka  de  Silva  failed to stump him off Silva. The wicketkeeper
went on to help Reifer in a sixth wicket stand of  63  his  share
being 27.

The West Indies tail did not last long, but with the last pair at
the wicket, Harper applied the closure.


WEST INDIES `A' - 1ST INNINGS (264 for 3 overnight contd)

S. C. Williams c de Silva b Villavarayan 39, P. A. Wallace  c  de
Saram  b  Kalpage 124, F. L. Reifer c Atapattu b Arnold 96, D. R.
E. Joseph c de Silva b Silva 0, T. O. Powell c and b Kalpage  87,
R.  A.  Harper c Jayantha b Soysa 51, S. G. B.  Ford c Atapattu b
Arnold 27, O. D. Gibson run out 5, R. N. Lewis c Atapattu b Silva
8,  N.  B. Francis not out 8, C. E. Cuffy not out 1, Extras (B-3,
LB-10, NB-11) 24.

TOTAL (for 9 wkts decl 138 overs, 575 mins) 470.

FALL OF WICKETS: 87, 198, 215, 324, 370, 433, 440, 460, 462.

BOWLING: Soysa 22-3-98-1 (NB-3), Villavarayan  19-5-70-1  (NB-5),
Silva  42-5-133-2 (NB-2), Kalpage 32-8-85-2 (NB-1), Jayantha 8-2-
10-0, Ranatunga 3-0-14-0, Arnold 12-1-47-2.


R. R. Arnold c Williams b Cuffy 3, D. P. Samaraweera c  Harper  b
Cuffy 21, M. S.  Atapattu not out 30, S. Jayantha not out 19, EX-
TRAS (B-4, NB-9) 13.

TOTAL (for 2 wkts at close, 20.1 overs, 104 mins) 86.


BOWLING (to date): Gibson 5-2-12-0, Cuffy 8-0-39-2, Francis  4-0-
21-0, Harper 2-0-5-0, Lewis 1.1-0-5-0.

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