Sussex v Sri Lanka A, Hove, 2nd day July 20, 2007

Rain halts Sussex's charge

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Sussex 170 for 4 (Yardy 46*) trail Sri Lanka A 225 (Silva 49, Kirtley 4-44, Rayner 3-28) by 55 runs

Sussex chipped away at Sri Lanka A's first innings score of 225 on the second drizzly day at Hove, with Richard Montgomerie notching a solid 52.

Resuming on 39, Montgomerie bought up his fifty but shortly after was trapped leg-before by Gayan Wijekoon, the left-armer, who was economical during his 11 overs in conceding 25 runs.

Michael Yardy was still there, however, nudging and chivvying Sussex past 150 while sharing in a useful third-wicket stand of 50 with Luke Wright. While Yardy was distinctly pedestrian in his anchor-like 46, Wright took the aggressive route and clobbered five fours in his 36 before Kaushal Lokuarachchi trapped him lbw.

Lokuarachchi, the 25-year-old legspinner, then removed Michael Thornley shortly before the rain curtailed the day's play. With more rain forecast, and the match entering its third and final day tomorrow, there seems little chance of a result.