Hope leads run spree as Windies A win se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Water­house’s player (from left) Car­los Wright, Theo Brown and goal scorer Ke­mar Beck­ford cel­e­brate the equaliser against Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den in their Red Stripe Premier League en­counter at the Water­house Sta­dium yes­ter­day. KARUNEGALA, Sri Lanka (CMC): OPENER KYLE Hope stroked a sub­lime hun­dred, and Chad­wick Wal­ton, As­sad Fu­dadin, and Rov­man Pow­ell all chimed in with half-cen­turies as West Indies A ran riot against Sri Lanka A to post a crush­ing 109-run vic­tory in the sec­ond un­of­fi­cial one-day in­ter­na­tional and clinch the three-match se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing for first knock at the We­lagedara Sta­dium, the Caribbean side sav­aged the Sri Lankan bowl­ing to pile up 347 for nine off their al­lot­ted 50 overs.

Hope carved out 109 off 110 de­liv­er­ies, open­ing part­ner Wal­ton smashed 70 from 57 balls, Fu­dadin chipped in with 57 from 70 balls while Pow­ell pro­duced a sen­sa­tional late blitz with 52 off a mere 22 de­liv­er­ies.

Only off-spin­ner She­han Jaya­suriya sur­vived the car­nage to emerge with four for 54 from his nine overs.

In re­ply, Sri Lanka A were pow­ered by Jaya­suriya’s bet­terthan-run-a-ball 119 but never prop­erly re­cov­ered from a shaky start and were dis­missed for 238 in the 43rd over.

Charith Asalanka struck 44 and Da­sun Shanaka 32, as Pow­ell com­pleted a fine all­round per­for­mance when he picked up three for 44 to limit the vis­i­tors.

Fel­low seam­ers Rons­ford Beaton (2-41) and Kyle May­ers (2-54) fin­ished with two wick­ets apiece.

GREAT OPEN­ING STAND

Energised from their 165-run vic­tory in the open­ing game on Tues­day, West Indies pro­duced a mag­nif­i­cent start when Hope and Wal­ton put on 111 off 109 de­liv­er­ies for the first wicket.

Both right-han­ders, Hope counted 10 fours and four sixes while Wal­ton blud­geoned 11 fours and two sixes in a rapid in­nings.

Wal­ton belted three fours in the sec­ond over of the day bowled by seamer Ke­shan Wi­jerathne, and he and Hope then com­bined to take 18 from the next over from the rightarmer, the fourth of the in­nings.

Ja­maican Wal­ton raised his half-cen­tury off 47 de­liv­er­ies be­fore cel­e­brat­ing with three back-to-back boundaries off off-spin­ner Danushka Gu­nathi­laka in the bowler’s sec­ond over, which leaked 12 runs.

The third and fi­nal game starts on Sun­day.

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