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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 May 2006, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Rayner hits Sussex ton on debut
Tour match, Hove, day three of four (stumps): Sri Lanka 521-5d & 5-1 v Sussex 262

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A day to remember in the career of Sussex's Ollie Rayner

A 20-year-old all-rounder making his first-class debut hit 101 for Sussex on day three against Sri Lanka at Hove.

Ollie Rayner, an off-spinner who took 0-115 in Sri Lanka's 521-5 declared, needed just 132 balls and a shade over three hours to pass three figures.

The county side were 98-6 when he came to the crease, but his ton, the first by a Sussex debutant since 1920, allowed them to rally to 262 all out.

Lasith Malinga took 5-79 to make a case for inclusion in Sri Lanka's Test side.

Starting the day on 40-1, Sussex - resting most of their first-team players - only managed to add 48 runs in 25 overs during the morning and lost three wickets in the process.

Paceman Malinga then dismissed three batsmen for ducks after lunch before Rayner joined Neil Turk at the crease for the first rearguard stand - 45 added for the sevnth wicket.

After Nuwan Kulasekara (3-35) had removed Turk, left-arm seamer Nuwan Zoysa, another Sri Lankan trying to get into the Test side, got the next wicket when Duncan Spencer was dismissed.

Lasith Malinga
The lively Malinga was the pick of Sri Lanka's attack

But 47 runs had been added for the eighth wicket, and Rayner together with his captain James Kirtley added 71 for the ninth.

Rayner, who is 6ft 5ins tall, was finally lbw to Kulasekara.

But that gave Sussex time to bowl two overs at Sri Lanka's openers, with the tourists declining the chance to enforce the follow-on.

James Kirtley promptly trapped Michael Vandort lbw for one to complete an admirable second half of the day for the county side.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody suggested a definite change for his Test team after their problems in restricting England's batsmen in the first Test.

He said: "We have to try something different after what happened at Lord's, and Malinga and Zoysa are under consideration."

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