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by John Pennington Tuesday 10 June 2014
Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after excelling in both one-day and first-class cricket.
It was his unbeaten 60 that guided Sri Lanka to victory over ngland in the decisive fifth One-Day International at Edgbaston and he then made a first-class career best score of 156 against Northamptonshire.
Thirimanne, who is Sri Lanka's vice-captain in Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, was joined by captain Mathews in the closing stages of the contentious ODI in Edgbaston.
Putting the controversy over Sachithra Senanayake's Mankading of Jos Buttler earlier on, Thirimanne stroked 60 not out in 101 balls, calmly taking his side to a 3-2 victory with 10 balls to spare.
Two days later, the team switched to four-day cricket to take on Northamptonshire and after a poor start with the bat, Thirimanne was at the crease soon after lunch, but thanks to him hitting 156 in 221 balls, they were able to declare on 558 for eight.
Captaining the side as Mathews was rested, he hit 14 fours and two sixes, sharing a partnership worth 221 with Kaushal Silva, who made 152.
After the entire third day was wiped out due to rain, the match ended in a draw.
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