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Windies ‘A’ 223 for 7, slips after solid start
A familiar sight in Windies cricket was on show for all to see again yesterday, as the Windies President’s XI slipped from a position of 98 without loss to 223 for seven, at the close of the Second day of their Three day match against Sri Lanka at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.
After bowling out Sri Lanka for 418 runs in its first innings, the Windies openers John Campbell and Keiran Powell batted well in the afternoon session to post 98 runs for the first wicket. Campbell was very pleasing to the eye and just as he looked as if he could have carried on to a century he fell via the leg before route for 62. He faced 52 balls, striking 11 fours in his knock.
Powell continued to bat well and took the score to 146 in partnership with Sharmarh Brooks. The left-handed Powell made 60 runs off 81 balls with seven fours. Brooks was next to go as yet again he promised much but delivered just 29. Looking smooth at the crease and entertaining the holiday crowd on hand. The right-hander negotiated 71 balls hitting one four.
Off-spinner Akeela Dananjaya took charge after that and grabbed three wickets for 43 runs to reduce the President’s XI to 192 for seven. Towards the end of the day, Rakheem Cornwall 23 not out and Jomel Warrican eight not out, added an unbroken 31 to take the Windies to 223 for seven. Also bowling well was Liheru Kumara the medium pacer who ended with 2/37.
Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed on the bedtime position of 318 for six and added a further 110 runs for the loss of the last four wickets.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella who started the morning session on 26 batted well and guided the last four batsmen to add 110 runs. He took control and warmed up well ahead of the opening Test at the Queen’s Park Oval starting on Wednesday.
When he was finally dismissed by the persevering Jomel Warrican for 74, he would have taken his team past the 400-run mark. His final figures read 74 runs off 110 balls in 175 minutes with eight hits to the fence. Warrican reminded the Windies selectors of his prowess as a left arm orthodox spinner finishing with 4/81, while fellow spinner Rakheem Cornwall claimed 3/125.
Play resumes today at 10 am.
Sri Lanka vs Windies A
Sri Lanka innings
K Mendis b Cummins*0
K Perera c K Powell b R Cornwall*65
D Chandimal c S Brooks b R Reifer*108
A Mathews lbw b R Cornwall*41
R Silva c R Cornwall b J Warrican*28
N Dickwella c Campbell b Warrican*74
D Perera lbw b J Warrican*17
L Gamage st Hamilton b Warrican*22
A Dananjaya lbw Cornwall*30
K Ranjitha lbw Reifer*2
L Kumara not out*5
Extras 12b 5lb 0w 19nb*36
Total all out *428
Fall of wkts: 0, 130, 244, 263, 288, 318, 390, 404, 409, 428.
Bowling: M Cummins 20-5-70-1, F Reifer 19-2-75-2, K Joseph 16-1-61-0, J Warrican 20.4-8-81-4, R Cornwall 35-7-124-3.
Windies Indies ‘A’
J Campbell lbw D Perera*62
K Powell run out*60
S Brooks c Mathews b Dananjaya*29
S Ambris b Kumara*14
V Singh c Kumara b Dananjaya*0
R Reifer lbw Dananjaya*0
J Hamilton b Dananjaya*4
R Cornwall not out*23
J Warrican not out*8
Total for 7 wkts*223
Fall of wkts: 98, 146, 164, 183, 184, 188, 192.
Bowling: L Gamage 9-1-48-0, K Rajitha 4-0-22-0, D Perera 17-2-48-1, L Kumara 9-3-37-2, A Dananjaya 17-2-43-3, K Mendis 4-0-16-0.
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