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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2006, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Rain spoils Sri Lanka tour match
Tour match, Hove, final day: Sri Lanka 521-5d & 5-1 drew with Sussex 262

Sri Lanka fielders
The Sri Lankans were unable to take the field at all on Sunday

Sri Lanka's warm-up match against Sussex at Hove was abandoned as a draw before lunch on the final day of four.

The tourists had been 5-1 in their second innings with a lead of 264 against a virtual Sussex second XI.

Before the scheduled resumption at 1100 BST it was agreed that there would be no play before lunch because of heavy rain on the south coast of England.

But at 1245 umpires and players agreed there was no point in hanging around hoping conditions might improve.

The early finish at least meant Sri Lanka could begin preparations to move north to Brimingham for the second Test against England starting on Thursday.

The paceman with the round-arm action, Lasith Malinga, who took 5-79 in Sussex's 262 all out, is likely to play at Edgbaston after missing the Lord's Test.

Sussex could at least reflect on a brilliant century made at number eight by a young man making his debut, Ollie Rayner.



SEE ALSO
Rayner hits Sussex ton on debut
20 May 06 |  England
Teenager's ton boosts Sri Lanka
19 May 06 |  England
Sri Lanka in England 2006
27 Jun 05 |  Future tour dates


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