Ton-up Silva and Thirimanne star for Sri Lanka

NORTHAMPTON, June 5, 2014 (AFP) – Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne both scored hundreds as Sri Lanka compiled 358 for three on the opening day of their tour match against Northamptonshire. The compact Silva pulled Coetzer for four to complete a 123-ball fifty while left-hander Thirimanne square-cut spinner Spriegel to the boundary to reach the landmark in 84 balls with seven fours.

Silva, 84 not out at tea, went to three figures by cover-driving left-arm seamer David Willey for his 16th boundary.

And when Graeme White dropped short, Silva pulled him for six, with Thrimanne following up by sweeping the left-arm spinner high over the ropes as well.

The 19-year-old Duckett dropped his second chance of the day, a difficult one down the legside off left-arm spinner Spriegel, when Silva was on 124.

The batsman responded by lofting Spriegel for six over wide long-on.

Thirimanne ensured Duckett paid heavily for his earlier error by completing a 151-ball hundred.

Sri Lanka rested tour captain Angelo Mathews but otherwise the tourists were fielding close to a full-strength side. At stumps on Thursday’s first day of four at Northampton, opener Silva was 152 not out in

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