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Arnos Vale hosts West Indies, Sri Lanka A teams


The picturesque Arnos Vale Playing Field this week hosts the West Indies and Sri Lanka A teams in an unofficial test and two Twenty/20 matches.{{more}}

The four-day “test” runs from tomorrow Wednesday, to Saturday, June 15, with the two T-20’s set for June 19 and 20. The test match begins at 10 a.m. each day, while the shorter version begins at 1:30 p.m. on both days.

When both sides met in the first test last week at Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis, the match ended in a tame draw. Dominated by the bat, six centuries were scored, three on either side.

The visitors posted 472 all out, as they chose to bat first. Chathuranga de Silva 109, Dimuth Karunaratne 101, Ashan Priyanjana 65, Kithruwan Vithanage 62 and Udara Jayasundara 57, revelled in the favourable batting conditions.

Left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, was the West Indies A’s best bowler, as he claimed 6 for 141.

The regional side responded with 636 for 8 declared, with Captain Kirk Edwards, Asad Fudadin and Leon Johnson all weighing in with tons.

Edwards cracked 190, stroking 26 fours and a six. Fudadin struck 145, which contained 16 fours and a six. They shared in a second wicket stand of 256.

Johnson joined in the fun with 144, comprised of 19 fours and 4 sixes. Nikita Miller had a time of merriment with the bat, lacing an even 50 not out, before the declaration came.

Sri Lanka reached 165 for 4, batting a second time. Dimuth Karunaratne dialed in his second century, as he compiled 100 not out. The wickets to have fallen went to Shannon Gabriel, 2 for 23, and Vereesammy Permaul, 2 for 49.

After their three matches here, both teams head to Grenada to contest the three One Day matches at the Grenada National Stadium, June 23, 25 and 27.(RT)