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

Taylor shines against Sri Lanka A

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.