PROVIDENCE, Guyana, March 17, 2008 (AFP) – Malinda Warnapura and Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene warmed-up for the first Test against West Indies later this week when they took advantage of an inexperienced Guyana Cricket Board President’s Select XI attack on Monday.
Warnapura retired out on 132 and Jayawardene was dismissed for 99, as the visiting Sri Lankans reached 343 for five when stumps were drawn on the opening day of their three-day, non-first class, tour match at the Guyana National Stadium.
Warnapura struck 14 fours and one six from 184 balls in just over four hours and shared in significant partnerships with opener Michael Vandort, who scored 29, and Jayawardene, whose knock contained a dozen boundaries from 110 balls in just over two hours.
No GCB President’s Select XI bowler distinguished themselves, as they were made to toil in sweltering heat, after allowing the visitors to bat first.
GCB President’s Select XI captain Patrick Browne is the most experienced player in his side, since choices for the composite West Indies side were restricted by the involvement of more established players in the sixth round of the West Indies first-class championship which ended on Monday.
As a result, Kemar Roach, playing his first full season of