Williams steers Windies `A'- 289/2
Match referee in attendance
SA'ADI THAWFEEQ reporting from Matara
West Indies `A' very much in a happy frame of mind after the
appointment of a match referee for the third and final 4-day
unofficial Test, ended the first day strongly placed on 289 for two
wickets at the Uyanwatte Stadium yesterday.
Certain incidents on the field involving the Sri Lanka `A' players
forced the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to appoint a match referee for this
It was a pleasant surprise to see former Sri Lanka fast bowler Saliya
Ahangama fit into this role.
As reported yesterday, the West Indies `A' were unhappy with the
umpiring on the tour. A meeting was held between the officials of the
two teams and Sri Lanka Cricket Board chief executive Dammika
Ranatunga, after which, it was decided that match referees be
appointed for the rest of the tour.
Following the current Test, West Indies `A' have a series of three
one-day internationals against Sri Lanka `A'.
Former West Indies opener Stuart Williams played the sheet anchor role
to steer West Indies `A' to a powerful position on the first day.
The 27-year-old right-hander batted throughout the day to remain
unbeaten on 158 which was scored off 296 balls with the aid of 14
fours. Williams' who reached his century off 184 balls in 238 minutes
(9 fours) was a model of concentration during his 367 minutes at the
crease. His innings was chanceless and with Floyd Reifer, he put on
136 for the second wicket in 176 minutes.
The West Indian domination of the innings was continued by acting
captain David Joseph (29) who has so far added 77 runs in an
unfinished stand for the third wicket. Joseph profiting from a
stumping chance at 28.
Off-spinner Ruwan Kalpage, the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka
`A', was given two spells, and in each of them, picked up a wicket to
finish the day with figures of 2 for 70 off 31 overs.
Bother his wickets were obtained with the batsmen chancing their arm
The big-hitting Philo Wallace was caught at long-on by Waragoda for
31, and Reifer was held at long-off by Wickremasinghe for 60 scored
off 118 balls with six fours.
WEST INDIES `A' - 1ST INNINGS
TOTAL (for 2 wkts at close
FALL OF WICKETS: 76, 212.
TO BAT: T. O. Powell, R. D. Jacobs, L. R. Williams, R. N. Lewis,
N. B. Francis, C. E. Cuffy, A. Samaroo.
BOWLING (to-date): Wickremasinghe 13-1-55-0, Pushpakumar 8-2-31-
0, Kalpage 31-4-70-2, Perera 26-2-100-0, Nawaz 5-0-18-0, Arnold 7-1-15-
SRI LANKA `A':
D. P. Samaraweera, R. P. Arnold, M. N. Nawaz, M.
S. Atapattu (captain), S. Ranatunga, V. S. K. Waragoda, S. K. L. de
Silva, R. S. Kalpage, N. R. G. Perera, G. P. Wickremasinghe, K. R.
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