Worcestershire v Sri Lanka A, Worcester July 7, 2004

Jayantha keeps up Sri Lanka A's record

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 249 for 4 (Jayantha 147*) beat Worcestershire 245 for 4 (Moore 91) by six wickets

Saman Jayantha marched to a magnificent unbeaten 147, as Sri Lanka A beat Worcestershire by six wickets to record their fourth consecutive victory since arriving in England ten days ago. Jayantha, who made his senior one-day debut against Australia earlier this year, cracked 21 fours and two sixes in his 137-ball innings, as Sri Lanka romped to their victory target of 246 with more than seven overs to spare.

He needed little assistance from his team-mates along the way. Ian Daniel dropped anchor for 37 and Thilina Kandamby contributed a brisk 22, but they were as overshadowed as Worcestershire's bowlers. Kabir Ali, who this time last year was a member of England's one-day squad, picked up two wickets, but was spanked for 70 runs in his 9.4 overs, and only Gareth Batty was able to maintain some semblance of control.

Worcestershire would have harboured high hopes after racking up a competitive total of 245 for 4, after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. The mainstay of their innings was Stephen Moore, whose 91 spanned 131 deliveries and featured 10 fours. He was aided and abetted by Kadeer Ali, who was run out for 48, although Worcestershire could have done with some of that old magic from Graeme Hick. But he had been rested after his brutal century in the Twenty20 Cup.

Sri Lanka now take on Glamorgan on Friday, and after that only Sussex and Kent can prevent them from completing a clean sweep on the one-day leg of their tour.