Sri Lanka beaten by Queensland in tour match

BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 4, 2007 (AFP) – Queensland staved off a Sri Lankan pace onslaught to hold on for a four-wicket victory on the final day of their three-day tour match at Allan Border Field here Sunday. In-form Noffke had match figures of 8-57 while Test squad member Mitchell Johnson had a quiet game ahead of Thursday’s Gabba Test, taking 1-39 and 1-47.

The Australian state side, chasing a target of 142 runs from 43 overs, slumped to 78 for six before Clinton Perren (62 not out) and Ashley Noffke (21 not out) shared in a seventh-wicket stand of 64 to steer the home team to victory.

But for a time it looked as though Sri Lanka were on the road to a morale-boosting win ahead of next Thursday’s opening Test here against Australia with pace duo Lasith Malinga and Farveez Maharoof in full cry.

“We spoke amongst ourselves and are very happy with the bowlers. Ready for the Test match,” skipper Mahela Jaywardene said.

“I’m disappointed with the batting, a few shot selections. A lot of people weren’t 100 percent about the shots.

“There are no excuses, we probably could have been much more positive with our shot selection.

“It will be a different kettle of fish come Thursday. What ha