Am­bris shines with hun­dred but rain wrecks play

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FLORENCE HALL, Ja­maica, CMC – Su­nil Am­bris in­creased pres­sure on West Indies se­lec­tors by carv­ing out his fourth first class hun­dred, but rain al­lowed just 3-1/4 hours play, on the sec­ond day of the open­ing four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A here Thurs­day.

The 24-year-old struck 106 as the hosts, re­sum­ing from 236 for four, reached 364 for eight in their first in­nings be­fore rain ar­rived 41 min­utes af­ter the lunch break to end play pre­ma­turely at the Trelawny Multi-Pur­pose Sta­dium.

Though the rain abated, con­di­tions kept play­ers off the field and play was even­tu­ally called off late in the day.

Am­bris was sup­ported by overnight part­ner Vishaul Singh who hit 81 while all-rounder Rah­keem Corn­wall chipped in with 25.

Left-arm spin­ner Malinda Push­paku­mara claimed three for 104 while medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne picked up two for 61.

Right-han­der Am­bris picked up where he left off on Wed­nes­day’s open­ing day as he dom­i­nated the Sri Lankan bowl­ing yet again.

Re­sum­ing on 62, the Vin­cen­tian stormed to three fig­ures in an in­nings which in­cluded 12 fours off 156 de­liv­er­ies in just un­der 4-1/2 hours, all told.

The in­nings was a fur­ther re­minder for the Windies se­lec­tors who ig­nored Am­bris for the Pak­istan, Eng­land and Zim­babwe se­ries, de­spite his heav­ing re­cent scor­ing in the do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion.

Am­bris ex­tended his fifth wicket part­ner­ship with Singh to 136 be­fore adding a fur­ther 51 for the sixth wicket with Corn­wall.

In con­trast, Singh’s in­nings was a pa­tient one, last­ing 219 balls in just un­der 5-1/4 hours and in­clud­ing four fours.

Windies A were perched on 333 for six at lunch but only 15 overs were pos­si­ble af­ter­wards be­fore the weather cur­tailed play.

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