WI ‘A’ suf­fer mas­sive de­feat

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): A DRA­MATIC bat­ting col­lapse en­sured a se­ries de­feat for West Indies ‘A’ as they plunged to a 138-run loss on the last day of the third and fi­nal four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka ‘A’ here yes­ter­day.

Set a tar­get of 333 for vic­tory, the Caribbean side were cruis­ing at 108 for two be­fore los­ing their last eight wickets for just 86 runs to crum­ble for 194 all out at the Ran­giri Dambulla In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

Cap­tain Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 46, Kieran Pow­ell got 44, while his open­ing part­ner, Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika, stroked 30.

How­ever, it was leg-spin­ner Jeffrey Van­der­say who had the fi­nal say, claim­ing six for 47 to wreck the in­nings.

Sri Lanka A had ear­lier de­clared their sec­ond in­nings on 257 for six, af­ter re­sum­ing from their overnight 211 for five.

Roshen Silva, un­beaten at the start on 29, made 44 off 97 balls, while Da­sun Shanaka con­verted his overnight seven into 33 not out off 76 de­liv­er­ies with five fours.

They stretched their sixth-wicket stand to 65 be­fore be­ing sep­a­rated when fast bowler Keon Joseph prised out Silva to fin­ish with two for 30. Off-spin­ner Rah­keem Cornwall claimed four for 87.

Pow­ell and Chan­drika then gave the vis­i­tors a bright start by post­ing 63 for the first wicket.

The left-handed Pow­ell faced just 41 balls and struck seven fours and a six in a cameo knock, while Chan­drika was more pa­tient, con­sum­ing 93 de­liv­er­ies and count­ing a sin­gle four.

When Pow­ell was lbw to left-arm spin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan, Shim­ron Het­myer helped add an­other 25 for the sec­ond wicket with Chan­drika. He had made a breezy 18 off 16 balls, with four fours, when he per­ished at 88 for two, and his dis­missal trig­gered a slide, where three wickets fell for 36 runs as Chan­drika and left-han­der Vishaul Singh (6) also fell in quick suc­ces­sion.

Stum­bling on 124 for four, West Indies ‘A’ were pulled around by a 47-run, fifth­wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Brooks and wick­et­keeper Jah­mar Hamil­ton, who made 25. The right-handed Brooks faced 75 de­liv­er­ies and struck five fours, while Hamil­ton spent 61 balls at the crease and hit a sin­gle bound­ary.

The de­cline started when Brooks and Rah­keem Cornwall (0) fell off suc­ces­sive de­liv­er­ies to Van­der­say to leave Windies ‘A’ on 171 for six, and the end came swiftly as the last four wickets tum­bled for 10 runs.

West Indies ‘A’ will turn their at­ten­tion to the three-match one-day se­ries, which bowls off on Mon­day.

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