Vishaul ca­reer best puts Windies A in com­mand

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Key play­ers pose for a photo dur­ing the launch of the 30th Bell-Ziadie Me­mo­rial Foot­ball Ex­trav­a­ganza at Cuddy’z Res­tau­rant and Grill in New Kingston on Tues­day. They are (from left) Al­lie McNab, special ad­visEr to the sports min­is­ter; Clive ‘Busy’ Camp­bell, chief or­gan­iser; Lorna Bell, widow of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, in whose mem­ory the match is held; Nick Ziadie, son of Den­nis Ziadie, in whose hon­our the match is held; for­mer na­tional player and hon­ouree, Ken­neth ‘Bop’ Camp­bell; for­mer FIFA ref­eree and hon­ouree, Peter Pren­der­gast; and Carvel Ste­wart, vice-pres­i­dent, Kingston and St An­drew Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC): VICE-CAP­TAIN VISHAUL Singh struck a ca­reer-best fifth first class cen­tury to spear­head a mas­sive West Indies A bat­ting ef­fort on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yes­ter­day.

Un­beaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium, the left-han­der carved out a su­perb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine de­clared in their first in­nings.

Opener Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika, who had re­tired hurt on 51 on Tues­day’s open­ing day, re­turned to make 84, while tailen­der Ke­mar Roach chipped in with 39.

At the close, cap­tain Dimuth Karunaratne was hold­ing the hosts’ in­nings to­gether with an un­beaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs be­hind head­ing into to­day’s penul­ti­mate day.

Wick­et­keeper Niroshan Dick­wella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a part­ner­ship which pulled Sri Lanka A from dan­ger at 37 for four.

Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fer­nando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test bats­man Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne fol­lowed for three at 32 for two when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.

Joseph re­moved Roshen Silva for a first-ball ‘duck’ at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spin­ner Rah­keem Corn­wall for one.

How­ever, first ‘Test’ cen­tu­ry­maker, Karunaratne, pro­duced yet another ex­cel­lent in­nings to stave off the col­lapse, fac­ing 124 de­liv­er­ies and count­ing 12 fours, while Dick­wella has struck two fours in his 65ball knock.

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Ear­lier, re­sum­ing from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flour­ished, thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chan­drika, who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.

While Vishaul faced 306 de­liv­er­ies and struck 16 fours, Chan­drika hit nine bound­aries off 84 balls, fall­ing with his sec­ond first class cen­tury in sight when he was lbw to legspin­ner Jef­frey Van­der­say.

Vishaul, who reached triple fig­ures 40 min­utes be­fore lunch, then added a fur­ther 90 for the sev­enth wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80 balls at the crease.

The part­ner­ship took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the vis­i­tors in­crease their dom­i­nance in the sec­ond ses­sion, be­fore Roach fi­nally de­parted, an hour af­ter the re­sump­tion.

Off-spin­ner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler, with four for 104.

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