Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : Harper, Lewis spin out SL `A'

Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : Harper, Lewis spin out SL `A'

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Mon, 18 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Friday 15, November 1996

Sri Lanka `A' vs West Indies `A' : Harper, Lewis spin out SL `A'


For the second day running, spinners  took  the  honours  in  the
second unofficial cricket Test between Sri Lanka `A' and West In-
dies `A' at the SSC grounds.

On a pitch assisting spin, West Indies `A' skipper  Roger  Harper
(off-breaks)  and  Rawl Lewis (leg-breaks) bowled unchanged since
lunch to take eight wickets between them to dismiss Sri Lanka `A'
for  287.  This was in reply to West Indies `A's first innings of

By the close yesterday, West Indies `A' had wiped out  the  first
innings  deficit  of  67  runs by scoring the exact amount for no
loss, through their openers Stuart Williams (29) and  Philo  Wal-
lace (29).

The game now stands at a very interesting  stage  with  two  days

So far, spinners have dictated the course of the match  capturing
15 of the 20 wickets to fall.

Harper followed the performance of one of his kind, Ruwan Kalpage
(who  took  6  for  51 on the first day) by claiming 5 for 61 off
31.3 overs. Lewis proved an ideal foil to him to  finish  with  3
for  87  off  23  overs. The two bowled in harness since lunch to
capture the last six wickets for 67 runs  and  make  certain  Sri
Lanka did not gain a substantial first innings lead.

Considering the amount of turn the spinners extracted out of  the
SSC  surface  any kind of lead on the first innings could be con-
sidered a bonus.

Having dismissed West Indies `A' for 220, Sri Lanka `A' needed to
consolidate the position given them by their bowlers on the first
day. unfortunately, only Duleep Samaraweera displayed the concen-
tration  and  application  to play a big innings. The rest of the
top order batsmen with the exception of Mahela  Jayawardena,  who
was  out  to a poor shot, all got into the twenties and thirties,
but none showed the patience to convert those figures into a  big

The majority of Sri Lanka `A's runs were made  while  Samaraweera
was at the wicket. In fact 182 runs came while he was batting for
253 minutes.  Samaraweera's contribution in that time was a  well
constructed innings of 73 off 166 balls with nine fours.

Having put on 63 for the first wicket with Chaminda Mendis on the
first  day, Samaraweera was further involved in stands of 49 with
`nigh***chman' Wendell Labrooy (23) and left-hander Naveed Nawaz
(36), before Lewis had him edging a catch to Harper in the slips.

Harper and Lewis tied the rest of the Sri Lanka `A' batsmen  down
so  much  that  only 79 runs were scored in the afternoon session
off 28 overs during which period Sri Lanka `A' lost four wickets.

Kalpage went on the offensive hitting an unbeaten 34 off 44 balls
with  two  sixes  and  an  equal  number of fours, but ran out of
partners in the end. He could only watch  helplessly,  as  Harper
finished off the Sri Lanka`A' innings poised for a hat-trick.

The West Indies `A' captain took the  wickets  of  Wickremasinghe
and Jayantha Silva off successive balls and needs to take a wick-
et with his first ball in the Sri Lanka second  innings  to  com-
plete the hat-trick.


SRI LANKA `A' 1ST INNINGS (67 for one overnight contd.)

D. P. Samaraweera  c Harper  b Lewis  73, M. C. Mendis c  Ford  b
Cuffy  20, W. C. Labrooy c Joseph b Francis 23, M. N. Nawaz c and
b Harper 36, S. Jayantha c Rei TOTAL (all out,  86.3  overs,  403
mins)  287.   Fall  of wickets: 63, 112, 174, 182, 220, 227, 267,
286, 287, 287.  Bowling:  Gibson 11-3-38-0 (1nb), Cuffy 13-1-64-1
(14  nb),  Francis 8-1-31-1 (4nb), Harper  31.3-9-61-5, Lewis 23-
3-87-3 (4nb).


S. C. Williams not out 29,  P. A. Wallace not out 29. Extras  (b-
4,  lb-1,  nb-4)  9.   TOTAL  (for no loss at close, 18 overs, 80
mins) 67.  Bowling (to-date): Wickremasinghe 4-0-9-0, Labrooy  2-
0-17-0, Silva 5-2-13-0, Kalpage 5-1-12-0, Jayawardena 2-0-11-0.

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