Sri Lankans Continue To Dominate
Sri Lankans 558-8 dec. (Thirimanne 156) v
Northamptonshire 146-5 (Levi 64)
Tour game, Northampton, day two
The Sri Lankans continued to torment Northamptonshire on day two of their four-day tour match, holding a 412-run lead going into the third day.
After centurions Kaushal Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne returned to the pavilion, Sri Lanka batted on until declaring on 558 for eight.
After that, Northamptonshire slumped to 146 for five at stumps despite Richard Levi hitting a quickfire half-century.
Silva retired on 152 in 260 balls while Thirimanne went on to make 156 in 221 balls before being bowled by Matthew Spriegel.
Dinesh Chandimal (47), Prasanna Jayawardene (25), Dilruwan Perera (59) and Dhammika Prasad (27) all made good use of the opportunity to get some time in the middle and deny Northamptonshire the satisfaction of bowling them out.
Steven Crook finished with three for 98, Spriegel two for 55, Rob Keogh two for 46 and Kyle Coetzer one for 78 for the home side.
Sri Lanka's opening bowlers Chanaka Welagedara and Nuwan Pradeep then fared much better with a wicket apiece to reduce Northamptonshire to 32 for two.
Welagedara trapped Richard Kettleborough in front for a golden duck before Peters was caught by Jayawardene off Pradeep.
Levi then cracked 10 fours during his 66-ball 64 as he and Coetzer (27) added 65 runs in good time for the third wicket.
Levi and Keogh (26 not out) took Northamptonshire past the 100-run mark before the former fell to Prasad, who had already removed Coetzer caught and bowled.
Perera bowled Ben Duckett for three before Keogh, who faced 80 balls, and Spriegel, who made 11 not out in 41, dug in to see out the rest of the day.
© Cricket World 2014
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