(Preview )SL 'A' Vs WI 'A' - 1st One-dayer

(Preview )SL 'A' Vs WI 'A' - 1st One-dayer

Post by Upali Samarakoo » Thu, 28 Nov 1996 04:00:00

    First of three unofficial one-dayers against Lanka `A' begins today

  Windies `A' will not have it easy

   By SA'ADI THAWFEEQ

   Having shown their prowess in the longer game by winning the three-
   match series 2-0 (one drawn), West Indies `A' move into the
   limited-over version, where they expect to face much tougher
   opposition from Sri Lanka `A'.

   The first of three in a series of unofficial limited-over encounters
   between the two countries commences at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium,
   Moratuwa today at 9.30 a.m.

   It was clearly proved in the unofficial Test series that Sri Lanka's
   batsmen do not have the patience to play long innings at the crease.
   The country's domestic cricket structure is such that it caters for
   batsmen to make runs in double quick time which suits the one-day game
   rather than the longer one, where the priority is for occupation of
   the crease.

    INTERESTING

   In this aspect, West Indies `A' who dominated the `Test' series could
   expect stiffer opposition from Sri Lanka `A', which is certain to make
   the series an interesting and close contest.

   Although West Indies `A' pulled through by three wickets in their
   50-over warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI at Moors
   grounds on Monday, they had to undergo some anxious moments before
   winning.

   Sri Lanka `A's 14-man squad to face West Indies `A' comprises three
   new faces who did not figure in the `Test' series - Sri Lanka all-
   rounder Upul Chandana, hard-hitting opening bat Ruvin Peiris and left-
   arm spinner Suranga Wijenayake.

   Chandana and Peiris are expected to play today, but the same cannot be
   said of Wijenayake whose ten overs in the warm-up game cost 51 runs.
   The rest of the squad led by Marvan Atapattu have all figured in the
   unofficial Test series.

    EVENLY BALANCED

   The scales are evenly balanced as far as experience goes, with each
   team having six players with one-day international experience.

   Sri Lanka `A' have Atapattu, Duleep Samaraweera, Chandana, Ruwan
   Kalpage, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Pramodya Wickremasinghe and, West
   Indies `A', skipper Roger Harper, Cameron Cuffy, Ottis Gibson, Philo
   Wallace, Laurie Williams and Stuart Williams.

   Generally, matches played in Moratuwa are organised by the five clubs
   in the area - Sebastianites, Moratuwa SC, Old Cambrians, Catamarans
   and Carlton. But in this instance, the Cricket Board has undertaken
   the task of doing that. The Board as a matter of policy, has decided
   to let the respective district organisations run the three unofficial
   Tests, and for them to run the three unofficial one-day games.

   THE TEAMS: SRI LANKA `A' (from): M.S. Atapattu (captain), R. Peiris,
   D.P. Samaraweera, M.N. Nawaz, S. Jayantha, U.D. Chandana, S.K.L. de
   Silva, R.S. Kalpage, D.P.M. Jayewardene, K.R. Pushpakumara, G.P.
   Wickremasinghe, I.S. de Saram, W.G.S. Wijenayake, N. Soysa.

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

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Thanks: Daily News (http://www.lanka.net)