Sussex v Sri Lanka A, Hove, 3rd day July 21, 2007

Sri Lanka A survive Rayner scare

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Sri Lanka A 225 and 191 for 8 (Udawatte 50, Rayner 5-68) drew with Sussex 372 for 9 dec (Yardy 125, Lokuarachchi 5-48)

Offspinner Ollie Rayner took 5 for 68, his first five-wicket haul, to give Sussex hope of enforcing a win over Sri Lanka A, but the tourists eked out 191 for 8 as the match ended in a draw.

Michael Yardy ploughed on from where he left off on the second day, bringing up a dogged hundred to guide Sussex to 372 for 9. And it was a lone effort, too, as his team-mates struggled against the legspin of Kaushal Lokuarachchi who picked up impressive figures of 5 for 48.

Sussex then made inroads into Sri Lanka A's fragile top-order, reducing them to 89 for 5 and giving them genuine hope of enforcing a thrilling victory. But Mahela Udawatte struck a combative 50 and, allied with useful contributions from Lokuarachchi (39) and Dilruwan Perera (23*), guided the tourists through to a draw.