New Zealand A took an unbeatable winning 3-0 lead in the four-match unofficial ODI series against Sri Lanka A with a dominant 117-run victory in Lincoln.
No. 3 batsman Will Young ‘s 85 from 98 deliveries anchored the hosts’ total of 302 for 9, while George Worker, Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne provided supporting innings. Sri Lanka A managed only 185 in response, and were all out in the 41st over. The hosts now lead the four-match series 3-0.
Spinners Shehan Jayasuriya and Dhananjaya de Silva had made regular breakthroughs in the first half of New Zealand A’s innings, taking two wickets apiece to have the opposition 111 for four in the 25th over. But Young struck up two fifty-run stands with Santner and Milne, to steady his team’s innings. The tail provided the death-over aggression after Young departed in the 44th over. Jayasuriya finished with figures of 3 for 52.
Milne dismissed both Sri Lanka A openers for single-digit scores, and the visitors continued to bleed wickets to both seam and spin. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was the only batsman to register a fifty. None of his team-mates crossed 30, as the chase continued to falter. Ish Sodhi took two late wickets to finish with the game’s best figures of 3 for 39.
Scores: New Zealand A 302-9 (50) (George Worker 40, Michael Bracewell 20, Will Young 85, Adam Milne 45, Ish Sodhi 20 n.o., Shehan Jayasuriya 3/52, Lahiru Madushanka 2/57, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/22)
Sri Lanka A 185 (40.5) (Kithuruwan Vithanage 22, Niroshan Dickwella 50, Shehan Jayasuriya 27, Chamara Kapugedera 27, Tharaka Gamage 25, Adam Milne 2/32, George Worker2/29, Ish Sodhi 3/39)