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Northamptonshire Frustrate Sri Lankans

Rob Keogh
Rob Keogh celebrates his century
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There were runs late in the day for Dimuth Karunaratne
There were runs late in the day for Dimuth Karunaratne
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Sri Lankans 558-8 dec. & 99-4 drew with
Northamptonshire 345 (Keogh 120)
Tour game, Northampton

Rob Keogh scored a century and Northamptonshire then took four Sri Lankan wickets before their four-day tour game at Wantage Road was declared a draw.

After day three was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, Northamptonshire replied to Sri Lanka's score of 558 for eight declared by hitting 345.

Rob Keogh made 120 as they made an impressive recovery from 113 for five before Sri Lanka decided against enforcing the follow-on.

They then lost four wickets, two of them to left-arm spinner Graeme White, and the match was declared a draw soon after.

Keogh made 120 in 201 balls to help mount the home side's recovery while David Willey made a quickfire 48 in 55 balls and Chad Barrett was not out on 20.

There were four wickets apiece for spinner Dilruwan Perera and pacer Dhammika Prasad and one each for Chanaka Welagedara and Nuwan Pradeep.

Sri Lanka opened with Dinesh Chandimal alongside Dimuth Karunaratne but he could not make more than eight runs before falling to Willey.

Karunaratne (38 in 77 balls) and Kumar Sangakkara (45 in 69) then added 75 runs together before three wickets fell for 10 runs.

Matthew Spriegel bowled Karunaratne and White then had Mahela Jayawardene stumped by Ben Duckett and Sangakkara caught by Barrett five balls later.

11 balls later, with Prasanna Jayawardene unbeaten on four, and Dilruwan Perera on nought, the players shook hands.

Sri Lanka now head to London where they take on England in the first Test at Lord's from 12th June.

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