Windies A level one-day series versus Sri Lankans

Observer staff reporter

Monday, November 06, 2017

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A stellar bowling performance yesterday propelled West Indies A to a 45-run win over Sri Lanka A, as they levelled their three-match one-day series 1-1 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

The Sri Lankans, who came into the match confident of sweeping the series, seemed poised to accomplish the feat after being asked to chase a meagre 152 by the hosts.

But just as it was when the visitors were bowling, West Indies A's bowling attack, led by left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, medium pacer Kyle Mayers and spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, enjoyed the bowler-friendly conditions in restricting Sri Lanka to 107.

Scores: West Indies 'A' 152 all out (44.1 overs); Sri Lanka 'A' 105 all out (38.3 overs)

Cottrell took 4-44, while Mayers and Cornwall ended with figures of 3-24 and 2-23, respectively.

Opener Nipun Karunanayake led the visitors' resistance with a patient 47 from 113 balls, including two boundaries.

Earlier, left-arm pace Vimukthi Perera snared figures of 4-25 from 9.1 overs, backed by fellow seamers Lahiru Kumara (2-30) and Shehan Madusanka (2-35) in tantalising the West Indies 'A' batting.

For the second time in the series West Indies A won the toss and opted to take first strike and again the decision proved futile despite their ploy of starting the bulky Cornwall at the top of the order with Montcin Hodge, instead of John Campbell.

They lost both openers to Perera with the score at 22, with Cornwall (18) holing out to mid-off and Hodge (one) caught by wicketkeeper Sandun Weerakkody inside seven overs.

Shamarh Brooks, who top-scored with 35 and Sunil Ambris steadied the innings briefly with a 41-run third-wicket stand, but that ended when an horrendous mix-up going for an unwarranted run proved the undoing of the latter for 20.

Brooks found another worthy ally in Andre McCarthy as they combined in a 30-run stand and seem poised to push West Indies 'A' to a big total.

However, Brooks, the 'Test' captain, scored three boundaries and one six in his knock which came off 57 deliveries, before Perera had him caught behind in the 16th over.

It was downward spiral from there as West Indies failed to construct any meaningful partnership after Kumara accounted for McCarthy for 27, which allowed Madusanka and Perera combined to wrap up the dismal innings.

West Indies 'A' made early inroads with the ball and had Sri Lanka 'A' in trouble at 53-5, as Cottrell was imposing with the new ball in cleaning up the hard-hitting Weerakkody (six) and the dangerous Roshen Silva (three).

The visitors were pushed even further back when young pacer Odean Smith found the edge of Sri Lankan captain Dhananjaya de Silva (two) for wicketkeeper and captain Jahmar Hamilton to do the rest.

Cornwall just missed out on a hat-trick the next over after removing Charith Asalanka (10) and Wanidu Hasaranga (zero) in consecutive deliveries, and the Sri Lankans never recovered from there.

Mayers then got in on the act, accounting for lower-order batsmen Shehan Jayasuriya (13), Shehan Madusanka (zero) and Amila Aponsu (two).

Cottrell returned to wrap up the innings after some resistance from Karunanayake and Perera (13).




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