Sri Lanka enjoy fruitful innings at Northants

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Sri Lanka's batsmen enjoyed a fruitful second day against Northamptonshire in their tour match, with Lahiru Thirimanne's century at the forefront of the visitors' 558 for eight declared.

Sri Lanka's batsmen enjoyed a fruitful second day against Northamptonshire in their tour match, with Lahiru Thirimanne's century at the forefront of the visitors' 558 for eight declared.

Thirimanne made 156 before being bowled by Matthew Spriegel, while Kaushal Silva was unable to bat on the day after retiring hurt overnight on 152. At stumps, Northants were still 412 runs behind with five wickets down.

The day began with Thirimanne on 120 not out and the Sri Lankans on 358 for three, though Silva had retired. Thus, Dinesh Chandimal joined Lahiru and they took the score to 441 before the latter was removed.

Spriegel also claimed Chandimal's wicket, having made 47, two overs later. The lower order were undaunted though, with Prasanna Jayawardene sticking around for 59 balls to make his 25, while Dilruwan Perera added a half century to the score.

Once Dhammika Prasad's wicket fell, with the score on 558, Sri Lanka called it a day and put Northants in to bat for 41 overs, just before the tea interval. James Kettleborough was out for a duck in the first over.

South Africa batsman Richard Levi was the best on show as he made his way to a half ton, but the rest of the order faltered as Stephen Peters and Ben Duckett were out for single figures.

Levi was eventually out for 64 to Prasad, while Kyle Coetzer made 27 before also falling to the all-rounder. At the close, Robe Keogh was on 26 not out and Spriegel on 11, though the forecast for day three was not promising.

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