Sri Lanka A romp to sixth successive win
Sri Lanka A 251 for 7 (Mubarak 71, Daniel 68) beat Sussex 156 (Cottey 53) by 95 runs
Sri Lanka A made it six wins out of six on their tour of England with a convincing win over Sussex at Hove. After Jehan Mubarak and Ian Daniel helped Sri Lanka A to 251 for 7, Sussex folded to 156 all out in 40.5 overs, with only Tony Cottey providing any resistance as Sussex went down by 95 runs.
After Sri Lanka A were put in, they stuttered to 42 for 2 before Mubarak and Daniel put on a lively stand of 130. Mubarak scored 71, including nine fours and a six, while Daniel compiled a run-a-ball 68. Malintha Gajanayake chipped in down the order with 29 not out to help the total to a respectable one. James Kirtley, leading Sussex in place of Chris Adams, used eight bowlers in all, with Jason Lewry taking 3 for 39.
In their reply, Sussex lost Matt Prior early on for 1 before Richard Montgomerie and Murray Goodwin steadied the ship. However, Ranga Dias then turned the match on its head with three wickets in quick succession as Sussex lost three batsmen for one run. Goodwin was the first to go, bowled for 14, Robert Martin-Jenkins completed a dismal game when he was bowled for a duck, and then Montgomerie was caught for 32 as Sussex spluttered to 50 for 4.
Carl Hopkinson was soon run out for 5, but Tony Cottey and Mark Davis put Sussex back on track with a fighting stand of 55 before Cottey was stumped for 53 - and that was that. The tailenders failed to make any impression, as the last three wickets fell for six runs with Davis left not out on 36.