# Cricket: Rutherford provides relief

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New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .288 and 195-5

Sri Lanka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .327-6 dec

Match drawn

AN entertaining half-century by Ken Rutherford from 61 balls provided the only relief as the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand faded to a draw in Moratuwa yesterday.

Part of the afternoon session was lost to rain, but from the 54 overs bowled by Sri Lanka during the day, New Zealand managed only 91 runs, 53 of them from Rutherford.

Trailing by 39 on the first innings, New Zealand toiled to 195 for 5 before the game was brought to a halt with 13 overs remaining.

Blair Hartland and John Wright fell in the morning session after New Zealand resumed at 104 without loss. Champaka Ramanayake trapped Hartland lbw for 52 after he had occupied the crease for 256 minutes while Wright was even more painstaking, spending 300 minutes over his 42 before he was stumped off the bowling of the left-arm spinner, Don Anurasiri.

Sri Lanka's main success was to capture the wicket of Martin Crowe, the New Zealand captain, for 11. Clearly annoyed with himself, he slammed his bat on the ground on his way to the pavilion.

New Zealand play a day/night one-day international in Colombo tomorrow before the second and final Test on Sunday.

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings 288 (K R Rutherford 105, C Z Harris 56; D Liyanage 4-82).

SRI LANKA - First Innings 327 for 6 dec (R S Mahanama 153, P A de Silva 62).

NEW ZEALAND - Second Innings

(Overnight: 104 for 0)

B R Hartland lbw Ramanayake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

J G Wright st Wickremasinghe b Anurasiri. . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

A H Jones c Wickramasinghe b Ramanayake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

*M D Crowe c Tillekeratne b Anurasiri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

K R Rutherford lbw Warnaweera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

J T C Vaughan not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

C Z Harris not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Extras (lb8, nb14, w1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Total (for 5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .195

Fall: 1-110 2-122 3-136 4-160 5-194.

Did not bat: A C Parore, D J Nash, M Su'a, M Owens.

Bowling: Ramanayake 17-6-27-2; Liyanage 17-4-48-0; Hathurusinghe 10-6-22-0; Ranatunga 7-2-26-0; Anurasiri 26-11-32-2; Warnaweera 25-15-31-1; Tillekeratne 1-0-1-0.

Umpires: K T Francis and T M Samarasinghe.

Man of the match: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka).