Cricket: Hutchison strikes after long wait
England A 385 Sri Lanka A 341-8
Tuesday 03 February 1998
Sri Lanka's resilient lower-order batsmen frustrated England's efforts to claim a potentially crucial first-innings lead on the penultimate day of the game. Resuming on 105 for 2, Sri Lanka finished the day on 341 for 8 to trail by just 44 runs.
The Yorkshire seamer Hutchison, who passed a late fitness test on a back strain to take his place in the starting line-up, has been one of the tourists most impressive strike bowlers so far on the tour.
But it was 56 overs yesterday before he caught the captain's eye and was finally thrown the second new ball after Knight had tried everything else to make the breakthrough and wrap up the Sri Lankan innings.
Sri Lanka found little difficulty in withstanding England's attack as Knight tried all the options available to him, except Hutchison, using James Ormond, Mark Ealham, Ben Hollioake, Dean Cosker and Ashley Giles, who were all given their opportunity before him.
They had moved to 248 for 4 when Hutchison was finally given his chance and he showed what might have been by striking with just his third delivery to remove the century-maker Mahela Jayawardene. He then claimed a further wicket before the close as Sri Lanka suffered a late collapse.
Third day of four; England A won toss
ENGLAND A - First Innings 385 (M A Ealham 87, N V Knight 85, B C Hollioake 67, D L Maddy 50).
SRI LANKA A - First Innings
(Overnight: 105 for 2)
*M S Atapattu c Flintoff b Ormond 52
M Jayawardene c Cosker b Hutchison 110
N Nawaz b Cosker 31
L de Silva c Giles b Ealham 38
U D U Chandana c Read b Hutchison 6
T Samaraweera lbw b Ealham 1
N Villaverayan not out 36
D Hettiarachi not out 9
Extras (b3, lb16, w1, nb16) 36
Total (for 8, 117 overs) 341
Fall: 3-126, 4-183, 5-254, 6-280, 7-289, 8-296.
To bat: S Perera.
Bowling: Hollioake 19-4-51-0; Hutchison 17-6-43-3; Ormond 16-2-67-2; Giles 39-12-73-0; Cosker 11-0-38-1; Ealham 15-4-50-2..
Umpires: G Pushparajah and S D S Dissanayake.
Latest in Sport
- 2 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 3 Picture of couple posing with beached dolphin 'that later died' causes outrage
- 4 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
- 5 Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...