It was rearguard actions galore in the County Championship, as the competition basked in the the media limelight.
Close of play: Match Drawn England 486ao & 355/7d (Cook 106, Pietersen 72, Trott 58, Bell 57*, Herath 3-87) Sri Lanka 479ao & 127/3 (Paranavitana 44, Trott 1-5) In a sentence A strangely lethargic final day from England allowed Sri Lanka to seal a comfortable draw in the end. Player of the day While Alastair […]
Close of play England 486ao (Prior 126, Cook 96, Morgan 79, Welegedara 4-122) Sri Lanka 479ao (Dilshan 193, Paranavitana 65, M Jayawardene 49, Finn 4-108) England 149-2 (Cook 61*, Trott 58, Pietersen 15*, Herath 1-17) In a sentence The hosts reduced Sri Lanka’s promising overnight position to a first innings deficit, and began to build […]
Close of play England 486ao (Prior 126, Cook 96, Morgan 79, Welegedara 4-122) Sri Lanka 372/3 (Dilshan 193, Paranavitana 65, M Jayawardene 40*, Finn 2-84) In a sentence A dull day to go with the dull weather, as a flat pitch got flatter and a flat attack got flatter. Player of the day Tillakeratne Dilshan. […]
Close of play England 486ao Sri Lanka 231/1 (Dilshan 127*, Paranavitana 65) In a sentence Sri Lanka throw down the gauntlet with a titanic opening stand that puts them right back in the match and renews lost confidence from the debacle of Monday. Player of the day Tillakeratne Dilshan. Starved of the strike early on, […]
Close of play England 496-5d (Trott 203, Cook 133, Bell 103*) Sri Lanka 400 and 82ao (Perera 20, Swann 4-16, Tremlett 4-40, Broad 2-21) England win by an innings and 14 runs. In a sentence An unbelievable few hours saw England steal victory from the jaws of a damp squib of a draw. Player of […]
Close of play England 491-5 (Trott 203, Cook 133, Bell 98*)Sri Lanka 400 (P Jayawardene 112, Anderson 3-66) In a sentence Easy pickings for England as Trott continued his serene progress while Sri Lanka pursued a defensive attitude, seemingly fearful of final day gremlins in the pitch. Player of the day One IJL Trott. A […]
Close of play England 287-2 (Cook 129*, Trott 125*) Sri Lanka 400 (P Jayawardene 112, Anderson 3-66) In a sentence Trott and Cook cruised along at a gentle pace in 240 run partnership where neither player ever looked seriously troubled by a popgun attack. Player of the day The two headed monster that is Johnister […]