The Ireland Wolves squad finished today’s second four-day match against Sri Lanka A pleased with the team’s improved performance, but Sri Lankan batters dominated the day and ensured the home side avoided defeat.

Resuming overnight on 180-4, Sri Lanka A’s batters – led by a double-century from opener Pathum Nissanka and a maiden first-class century from Chamika Karunaratne – put on 288 runs in just over two sessions to put the game out of reach for the visiting side. For the bowling side, 18-year old leg-spinner JJ Garth, in only his second first-class appearance, claimed 3-140 and seamer Mark Adair took 2-65, but they couldn’t deliver that knock-out blow on the tail that they achieved in the first innings.

To inject some late interest in the game, the home captain Ashan Priyanjan declared with just over 30 overs still to play in the day, setting the Wolves a challenging target of 264 for an unlikely victory.

Despite losing three early wickets, opener James McCollum (45*) (pictured) and Lorcan Tucker (22*) saw out the day and the team captains agreed to call an end to the match with half-an-hour of play left.

After play, Wolves captain Harry Tector and Craig Young spoke about the game.

Tector said:

"We’re happy, but a bit disappointed. We had bossed the first three days and to not get a win is slightly disappointing – but I’m pretty proud of the way the lads bounced back from a pretty tough first match to bat and bowl the way we did over the first three days.”

Young said:

“It was great to be back out there with the new ball, particularly after picking up that bit of a niggle at the start of the tour. It’s nice to be back out there in the heat as well, it gave us a tough test. The wickets here are probably a little flatter than back home, so it probably takes a little more effort and patience. It’s certainly something I can work on, being a little more patient, but you get your rewards – what you put in you get out.”

This completes the red-ball matches of the current tour, and the Ireland Wolves and Sri Lanka A now turn to a five-match series of 50-over matches, starting on Saturday. Shane Getkate and Stuart Thompson join the Wolves squad for this part of the tour, while Gareth Delany – originally named for the white-ball squad – had joined the squad early as cover for Jack Tector who had to return to Dublin after sustaining an injury.

 

SCORECARD IN BRIEF

Sri Lanka A v Ireland Wolves, 13-16 January 2019, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota

  Ireland Wolves 508-8 dec (138 overs; N Rock 85, L Tucker 80, J Cameron-Dow 76*, J McCollum 72, S Doheny 58; C Karunaratne 3-99)
  Sri Lanka A 303 (73.2 overs; A Perera 127, S Ashan 72; J Cameron-Dow 5-99, C Young 3-76, JJ Garth 2-55)
  Sri Lanka A 468-7 dec (f/o) (105.1 overs; P Nissanka 217, C Karunaratne 100*; JJ Garth 3-140, M Adair 2-65)
  Ireland Wolves 89-3 (24 overs; J McCollum 45*, L Tucker 22*; L Embuldeniya 2-37)
 
Match drawn

FULL SCORECARD

Sri Lanka A Vs Ireland Wolves
2-Innings Match Played At MRIS, Hambantota, 13-Jan-2019, First-Class
Match Drawn

Toss won by Sri Lanka A
Umpires Pradeep Udawatta - Prageeth Rambukwella - Rohitha Kottahachchi
Umpire notes Match referee: Graeme Labrooy
Home Side Sri Lanka A
Comment 4-day match - 13, 14, 15, 16 Jan
Close:
Day 1 - Sun 13 Jan - Ireland 1st inns 286-4 (81ov. L Tucker 61*, N Rock 57*)
Day 2 - Mon 14 Jan - Sri Lanka A 1st inns 99-3 (23 ov. AK Perera 50*)
Day 3 - Tue 15 Jan - Sri Lanka A 2nd inns (F/O) 180-4 (45 ov. P Nissanka 92*, P Mendis 15*)
Day 4 - Wed 16 Jan - Ireland 2nd inns 89-3 (24 ov. J McCollum 45*, L Tucker 22*) - end of match

Ireland Wolves 1st Innings 508/8 Declared (Overs 138)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JNK Shannon c DM Sarathchandra b C Karunaratne 13 13 1 0
J McCollum c PHKD Mendis b M Shiraz 72 105 7 0
ST Doheny c DM Sarathchandra b C Karunaratne 58 103 6 1
HT Tector* c C Karunaratne b L Embuldeniya 8 18 1 0
L Tucker lbw b SMA Priyanjan 80 171 8 2
NA Rock c RAP Nissanka b L Embuldeniya 85 198 8 0
MR Adair c PHT Kaushal b C Karunaratne 32 38 4 1
JJ Garth c A Ashan b L Embuldeniya 45 85 5 0
J Cameron-Dow not out   76 95 10 1
J Little not out   11 11 2 0
CA Young dnb          
extras   (b10 lb5 w4 nb9) 28      
TOTAL   8 wickets for 508      
FOW
1-24(JNK Shannon) 2-134(J McCollum) 3-151(HT Tector) 4-158(ST Doheny)
5-321(L Tucker) 6-367(NA Rock) 7-367(MR Adair) 8-475(JJ Garth)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
C Karunaratne 25 1 99 3 2 9
M Shiraz 25 1 88 1 2 -
L Embuldeniya 43 10 142 3 - -
PHT Kaushal 20 1 85 0 - -
PHKD Mendis 7 0 38 0 - -
SMA Priyanjan 14 2 25 1 - -
AK Perera 1 0 2 0 - -
A Ashan 3 0 14 0 - -

Sri Lanka A 1st Innings 303/10 All Out (Overs 73.2)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RAP Nissanka c L Tucker b CA Young 4 11 1 0
WIA Fernando c MR Adair b CA Young 13 18 3 0
SMA Priyanjan* c CA Young b JJ Garth 27 50 4 0
AK Perera c L Tucker b CA Young 127 161 17 0
PHKD Mendis c JNK Shannon b J Cameron-Dow 17 16 3 0
A Ashan c CA Young b J Cameron-Dow 72 118 6 2
DM Sarathchandra+ c HT Tector b JJ Garth 9 22 2 0
C Karunaratne c MR Adair b J Cameron-Dow 13 20 1 0
PHT Kaushal c HT Tector b J Cameron-Dow 0 3 0 0
M Shiraz lbw b J Cameron-Dow 9 24 1 0
L Embuldeniya not out   0 3 0 0
extras   (b2 lb2 w2 nb6) 12      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 303      
FOW
1-9(RAP Nissanka) 2-18(WIA Fernando) 3-99(SMA Priyanjan) 4-137(PHKD Mendis)
5-227(AK Perera) 6-247(DM Sarathchandra) 7-270(C Karunaratne) 8-282(PHT Kaushal)
9-298(M Shiraz) 10-303(A Ashan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
CA Young 15 2 76 3 2 3
J Little 10 2 44 0 - 3
MR Adair 11 1 25 0 - -
J Cameron-Dow 25.2 1 99 5 - -
JJ Garth 12 1 55 2 - -

Sri Lanka A 2nd Innings (Follow-on Enforced) 468/7 Declared (Overs 105.1)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RAP Nissanka c NA Rock b JJ Garth 217 274 28 0
WIA Fernando c L Tucker b J Little 15 14 3 0
DM Sarathchandra+ lbw b JJ Garth 28 47 4 0
SMA Priyanjan* c JJ Garth b J Cameron-Dow 7 27 1 0
AK Perera lbw b JJ Garth 19 25 3 0
PHKD Mendis c CA Young b MR Adair 53 106 7 0
A Ashan   c&b MR Adair 14 18 2 0
C Karunaratne not out   100 106 11 2
PHT Kaushal not out   6 19 0 0
M Shiraz dnb          
L Embuldeniya dnb          
extras   (b0 lb3 w1 nb5) 9      
TOTAL   7 wickets for 468      
FOW
1-29(WIA Fernando) 2-80(DM Sarathchandra) 3-98(SMA Priyanjan) 4-139(AK Perera)
5-293(PHKD Mendis) 6-315(A Ashan) 7-417(RAP Nissanka)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
J Little 11 0 49 1 - 1
MR Adair 18 1 65 2 - 1
J Cameron-Dow 24 1 115 1 - 3
CA Young 11 0 57 0 - -
JJ Garth 33.1 1 140 3 - -
HT Tector 4 0 11 0 - -
ST Doheny 2 0 10 0 - -
J McCollum 2 0 18 0 - -

Ireland Wolves 2nd Innings 89/3 Closed (Overs 24)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JNK Shannon lbw b L Embuldeniya 0 2 0 0
J McCollum not out   45 65 7 0
ST Doheny c PHKD Mendis b SMA Priyanjan 18 12 1 2
HT Tector* c RAP Nissanka b L Embuldeniya 0 6 0 0
L Tucker not out   22 60 3 0
NA Rock dnb          
MR Adair dnb          
JJ Garth dnb          
J Cameron-Dow dnb          
J Little dnb          
CA Young dnb          
extras   (b0 lb3 w0 nb1) 4      
TOTAL   3 wickets for 89      
FOW
1-0(JNK Shannon) 2-27(ST Doheny) 3-28(HT Tector)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
L Embuldeniya 10 1 37 2 - -
M Shiraz 1 0 9 0 - -
SMA Priyanjan 4 1 5 1 - -
PHT Kaushal 6 0 17 0 - -
PHKD Mendis 2 0 9 0 - -
AK Perera 1 0 9 0 - 1