An unfinished century opening stand between discarded Sri Lanka opening batsman Malinda Warnapura and young Lahiru Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka A draw their solitary unofficial 4-day Test match against the England Lions at North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough, yesterday.
Chasing a target of 326 runs to win the Lankans ended the game with their heads high with a total of 127 for no loss with Warnapura making an unbeaten 79 with twelve fours and Thirimanne remaining not out on 36.
England ‘A’ who initially chose to bat made 299 runs in their first innings with off spinner Sachithra Senanayake finishing with 5 for 47 and thus ending the match with an eight wicket haul.
In reply Sri Lanka ‘A’ scored 389 with Kaushal Silva (89) and the Bata/the Sunday Times Schoolboy cricketer Bhanuka Rajapakse (76) leading the way.
England ‘A; batting for the second time declared at 415 for 5 with J.M. Bairstow top scoring with 109 not out.
England Lions 299 (J Taylor 76, S Patel 52, J Bairstow 50, A Hales 50; S Senanayake 5-47) and 415-5 dec (J Bairstow 109 no, J Taylor 98, J Root 66) v Sri Lanka A 389 (K Silva 89, P Rajapaksa 76) and 127-0 (B Warnapura 79 no) -AFP