Leicestershire v Sri Lanka A, Grace Road, 1st day July 20, 2011

Taylor shines against Sri Lanka A

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Leicestershire 332 for 8 v Sri Lanka A

James Taylor hit an unbeaten 161 to provide nearly half of Leicestershire's total on the opening day of Sri Lanka A's tour. The county side reached 332 for 8 as Kosala Kulasekara took 4 for 64 for the visitors at Grace Road.

Taylor hit 17 fours and two sixes in his first first-class hundred of the season after averaging a slightly disappointing 34.50 in the first half of Leicestershire's County Championship campaign. He added 109 with Matthew Boyce (43) after the hosts had been 33 for 2.

While unable to remove Taylor, Sri Lanka chipped away at the other end. Kulasekara removed Josh Cobb and Wayne White to leave Leicestershire 182 for 5 before Tom New joined Taylor to add 86 for the sixth wicket.

Again Sri Lanka struck back to keep themselves in the contest as legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna claimed two wickets but couldn't wrap up the innings. Nathan Buck survived the final 50 minutes alongside Taylor who will hope the final two wickets can see him to a double hundred.

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  • MikeMcCallan on July 21, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Could Taylor become England's own Little Master? Btw it isn't his first first class hundred of the season. He made 237 against Loughborough University, also as captain, in April.

  • fromtheid on July 21, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Here it is: http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2011/engine/match/492081.html 237 against Loughborough MCCU.

  • fromtheid on July 21, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    'in his first first-class hundred of the season'

    Err, didn't he score 235 against some university outfit?

  • dummy4fb on July 20, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Without wishing to belittle Mr Buck's performance at the crease, it's only fair to point out that it was no.10 Mr Malik who survived the final 50 or so minutes of the day.

  • landl47 on July 20, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Taylor's a great prospect at only 21 years old. In a couple of years he'll be knocking on the door of the England team.

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