Ireland Wolves’ warm-up spoiled by Sri Lanka ‘A’ bowlers

Ireland ‘A’ tour of Sri Lanka 2019 | 2-Day Warm-up match – Day 1

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The 2-day warm-up match for the visiting Ireland ‘A’ team kick-started today at the Marians Cricket Ground in Katunayake against a home squad led by Hashan Dumindu.

Irish skipper Harry Tector won the toss and opted to bat with the intention of getting used to the Lankan conditions before the 1st 4-Day match against the strong Sri Lanka ‘A’ team scheduled for the 5th of this month at the SSC grounds.

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After a decent start for the tourists with 41 runs in 11 overs, the Sri Lankan bowlers started to dominate. Left-arm spinner Akash Senaratne dismissed James McCollum for 24 runs as the first wicket, which was followed by 2 more quick wickets by Vice-captain Hashen Ramanayake. All-rounder Ramanayaka, currently representing BRC is the son of former national fast bowler and coach Champaka Ramanayake.

Following the mini-collapse, Irish Captain Tector and Locran Tucker together tried to rebuild the Irish innings. Their slow progress was brought to an end courtesy off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal with 2 quick wickets. Kaushal dismissed Tector for 26 and new batsman Neil Rock for just 1 run.

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Tharindu Kaushal who last played a Test for Sri Lanka way back in October 2015 is trying to make comeback to the international scene sans his doosra which was banned in 2015.

Tucker then stood firm for the visitors with a 55-run 6th wicket stand together with Aaron Gillespie, taking Ireland from 85/5 to 140. It was then school boy Maheesh Theekshana’s turn to shine as he took 3 wickets in the space of 11 deliveries for no runs.

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The last 2 wickets were picked by leg-spinner Ashen Bandara and Tharindu Kaushal, restricting Ireland ‘A’ to 159 runs. Locran Tucker top-scored with 47 runs while Tharindu Kaushal and Maheesh Theekshana took 3 wickets apiece for the home side.

Play came to a pre-mature end as the visitors opted not to bowl in the evening session. The match will continue tomorrow for the 2nd day.









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Full Scorecard

Ireland A

159/10 & 60/4

(24 overs)

Result

Sri Lanka A

313/7 & 0/0

(0 overs)

Match Drawn

Ireland A’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
S Doheny lbw by Ramanayake 10 39
JA McCollum lbw by Senarathne 24 38
JNK Shannon b Ramanayake 3 7
H Tector lbw by Kaushal 26 29
L Tucker b Kaushal 47 119
N Rock c Bhanuka b Kaushal 1 7
A Gillespie b Theekshana 23 51
BJ McCarthy c Fernando b Theekshana 0 3
JJ Garth lbw by Theekshana 0 6
J Little c Fernando b Bandara 0 7
MR Adair not out 13 19
Extras
12 (b 7, lb 2, nb 3)
Total
159/10 (53.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-41 (JA McCollum, 11.1 ov), 2-43 (S Doheny, 12.4 ov), 3-44 (JNK Shannon, 14.1 ov), 4-83 (H Tector, 24.5 ov), 5-85 (N Rock, 26.5 ov), 6-140 (A Gillespie, 43.3 ov), 7-140 (BJ McCarthy, 43.6 ov), 8-140 (JJ Garth, 45.6 ov), 9-141 (J Little, 48.2 ov), 10-159 (L Tucker, 53.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Akthab Cader 4 1 10 0 2.50
Kalana Perera 5 1 26 0 5.20
Hashen Ramanayake 6 1 11 2 1.83
Akash Senarathne 11 2 24 1 2.18
Tharindu Kaushal 8.3 2 28 3 3.37
Kalhara Senarathne 6 2 13 0 2.17
Dushan Vimukthi 4 0 19 0 4.75
Mahesh Theekshana 6 3 9 3 1.50
Ashen Bandara 3 1 11 1 3.67

Sri Lanka A’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Sandun Weerakkody b H Tector 93 86
Hashan Dumindu not out 74 121
Hasitha Boyagoda lbw by H Tector 0 2
Oshada Fernando c Tucker b Garth 34 43
Nuwanidu Fernando not out 35 47
Dushan Vimukthi not out 27 55
Ashen Bandara not out 31 34
Hashen Ramanayake c Tucker b Garth 10 26
Extras
9 (b 1, lb 2, nb 5, w 1)
Total
313/7 (68.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-141 (DS Weerakkody, 27.3 ov), 2-141 (H Boyagoda, 27.5 ov), 3-207 (BOP Fernando, 40.3 ov), 4-209 (H Dumindu, 42.6 ov), 5-266 (MNK Fernando, 55.6 ov), 6-289 (KDV Vimukthi, 61.6 ov), 7-313 (H Ramanayake, 68.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Joshua Little 8 2 33 0 4.13
Barry McCarthy 6 1 27 0 4.50
James Cameron-Dow 22 3 78 0 3.55
Mark Adair 6 0 42 0 7.00
Jonathan Garth 15.1 1 72 2 4.77
Harry Tector 11 0 58 2 5.27

Ireland A’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
JA McCollum b K Senarathne 31 49
S Doheny c M Bhanuka b K Perera 2 6
N Rock b A Cader 0 2
H Tector c H Dumindu b D Vimukthi 8 28
A Gillespie not out 11 25
L Tucker not out 6 35
Extras
2 (lb 1, nb 1)
Total
60/4 (24 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-6 (S Doheny, 2.5 ov), 2-11 (N Rock, 3.6 ov), 3-40 (H Tector, 12.5 ov), 4-44 (JA McCollum, 15.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Kalana Perera 4 0 16 1 4.00
Akthab Cader 3 0 13 1 4.33
Mahesh Theekshana 5 1 9 0 1.80
Dushan Vimukthi 5 0 9 1 1.80
Kalhara Senarathne 5 1 9 1 1.80
Ashen Bandara 2 0 3 0 1.50

Sri Lanka A’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Extras
Total
0/0 (0 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
Bowling O M R W E