Levi Leads Northants Fightback

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The second day of the tour match between Northants and Sri Lanka, began with the visitors in the ascendency, as they began on 358/3, with Kaushal Silva on 152 and Lahiru Thirimanne on 120.

Sri Lanka decided to retire Silva overnight, to give some of their other batsmen a chance of spending some time in the middle.  Dinesh Chandimal came out to the crease, and he looked impressive as he put on a 53-run partnership alongside Thirimanne, before the Sri Lanka skipper was bowled by Matthew Spriegel for 156. Chandimal fell a couple overs later, as he was bowled by the same bowler for 47.

Prassana Jayawardene and Dilruwan Perera then put on 78 runs between them, before Jayawardene was caught by Richard Levi off Rob Keogh for 25. Perera fell the very next over, as he was caught off Steven Crook for an explosive 59. Sri Lanka then declared, when Dhammika Prasad fell for a bristly 27, with the visitors 558/8.

Northants had a terrible start when James Kettleborough was trapped lbw by Chanaka Welegedara for a duck, with the second ball of the game. This brought South African Richard Levi into the middle, and he instantly went on the attack, as he found the boundary with ease.

Stephen Peters was the second Northants player to go, as was caught behind off Nuwan Pradeep for 5. Levi was then joined by Kyle Coetzer, and the pair put on 65 runs before Coetzer was caught and bowled by Dhammika Prasad for 27. This was quickly followed by two more wickets, as Levi was caught by off Prasad for an excellent 64 and Ben Duckett was bowled for 3. Fortunately for Northants, Rob Keogh and Matthew Spriegel were able to see the hosts through to the end of the day, as Northants ended on 146/5.

With the third day completely washed out, the Northants pairing will be looking to bat for as long as possible on the final day, despite Sri Lanka’s hopes of batting for a second time in the match. Tickets are still available and cost £18 on the gate and £10 after lunch.

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