Roshane Silva hit a fine unbeaten century but Sri Lanka A fell short by 68 runs.

A fine century from Roshen Silva (120 not out off 214 balls) failed to bring Sri Lanka A victory in the first unofficial test against New Zealand A which ended in a draw at Christchurch.

Silva led the charge hitting 14 fours and one six after New Zealand A had declared their second innings at 229-6 and set Sri Lanka a target of 342 runs to chase.

Sri Lanka eventually finished on 274-6.

Test batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage helped Silva in a third wicket stand of 137 after Sri Lanka A had begun their chase badly losing three wickets for 47.

The second unofficial test starts at Lincoln on October 24.

Scores: New Zealand A 470 and 158-4 contd 229-6 decl (Henry Nicholls 88, Derek de Boorder 86 n.o., Vishwa Fernando 3/72)

Sri Lanka A 358 and 274-6 (Kithuruwan Vithanage 88, Roshen Silva 120 n.o., Neil Wagner 4/79)