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Last Updated: Friday, 19 May 2006, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Teenager's ton boosts Sri Lanka
Tour match, Hove, day two of four (stumps): Sri Lanka 521-5 dec v Sussex 40-1

Chamara Kapugedera
Kapugedera's innings was good news for the tourists
Youngster Chamara Kapugedera helped himself to a maiden first-class century for as Sri Lanka piled up a big first innings total against Sussex at Hove.

The tourists finally declared on 521-5 after 19-year-old Kapugedera (134) and Thilan Samaraweera (100) had shared an unbroken stand of 238.

They came together when captain Mahela Jayawardene was caught off James Kirtley at the start of play for 45.

After a rain break, Sussex replied with 40-1, losing Richard Montgomerie (27).

Kapugedera, playing in only his eighth first-class game, stroked 11 fours on the way to three figures while Samaraweera's patient hundred was his second of the tour.

The decision by Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody not to select veteran Sanath Jayasuriya has proved profitable for the top order batsmen, opener Upul Tharanga hitting 140 on day one.

In cool, blustery conditions, acting Sussex captain James Kirtley had Jayawardene caught low down at the wicket after getting a bottom edge when attempting to drive.

Kapugedera quickly eased into his stride, pulling fast bowler Duncan Spencer vigorously to square leg for four,

He later moved into the forties with a cracking cover-driven boundary and another through mid-wicket at the expense of young off-spinner Ollie Rayner.

Kapugedera advanced to his hundred in untroubled fashion and he played paceman Tim Linley firmly behind square for four before on-driving occasional off-spinner Chris Nash to the boundary.

A handsome pull to the mid-wicket fence off Kirtley brought Kapugedera to his hundred in just under three hours.

And Samaraweera was dropped on 98 by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd, who was standing up to medium-pacer Neil Turk.

But he reached his century in nearly four and a half hours with a single off Carl Hopkinson, bringing about the tourists' declaration.




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Sri Lanka in England 2006
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