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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Somerset batter Sri Lanka morale
Tour match, Taunton: Somerset 332-6 (50 overs) beat Sri Lanka 281 (46.3 overs) by 51 runs

Wood watched by keeper Jayawardene
Wood hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 116
Somerset duo Matt Wood and Charl Willoughby helped inflict a 51-run one-day warm-up defeat on Sri Lanka.

Wood's 116 led Somerset to a formidable 332-6 in the one-day warm-up. Arul Suppiah made 72 and Cameron White 64.

And Willoughby then took 3-7 in the space of 11 balls to reduce Sri Lanka to 15-3, on his way to figures of 6-43.

Despite innings from Tillakaratne Dilshan (97), Prasanna Jayawardene (55) and Kumar Sangakkara (52), the tourists were bowled out for 281 at Taunton.

It was Sri Lanka's second successive defeat ahead of the one-day series with England, which starts at Lord's next Saturday.

Two days before then they have to face the home side in a Twenty20 match at the Rose Bowl.

However, captain Mahela Jayawardene warned not to read too much into the losses.

"I felt we competed much better against Somerset than in the Essex game and things are coming together," he said.

"While it is never good to lose to county sides, the results of these games are not all-important.

"Overall, I am pretty happy going into the Twenty20 and feel we will be ready for the first one-day international."

Opener Wood scored his runs off 120 balls, with two sixes and 13 fours, sharing a second-wicket stand of 164 with Suppiah after John Francis fell for a first-ball duck in the opening over.

All the bowlers suffered in the hot Taunton sunshine, no-one more so than Sanath Jayasuriya, on his return to the county he represented last summer.

The veteran saw White take 23 off one of his overs and finished with 0-60 from nine.

Opening bowler Ruchira Perera conceded 71 from his 10 overs and the pick of the attack was Lasith Malinga, who worked up some genuine pace with his slingy action and claimed 3-55.

Despite a late flurry of wickets, Somerset smashed 110 off the final 10 overs as James Hildreth added a scintillating 46 not out from 24 balls which included two sixes and five fours.

Lasith Malinga
Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lanka attack

As the tourists began their reply, South African Willoughby pinned Upul Tharanga lbw first ball, sent back Jayasuriya for four in similar fashion and had Mahela Jayawardene picked up at second slip by White.

Sangakkara steadied things with a 56-ball half-century, including eight fours, but the 57th ball of his innings saw his middle stump uprooted by Richard Johnson.

After Russel Arnold was lbw sweeping leg-spinner White, Dilshan and Prasanna Jayawardene added 125.

The partnership ended when Jayawardene was run out backing up as Dilshan straight-drove Suppiah.

Jayawardene played neatly for a 55-ball fifty, but Dilshan was the star of the Sri Lanka batting line-up.

Dropped on 69 by John Francis at deep mid-wicket off Suppiah, he fell three short of a deserved century when run out by Wood's direct hit from deep cover attempting a second run.

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