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Mohammed, McCarthy centuries ensure whitewash

Trinidad Express / COLOMBO   Captain Jason Mohammed and Andre McCarthy stroked hundreds as West Indies A completed an impressive 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka A in their unofficial One-Day International series, yesterday. Playing at the Khetterama Stadium, the Caribbean side extended their impressive batting form by rattling up 305-5 off their allotted 47 overs, with Mohammed hitting an unbeaten 105 (108 balls) and McCarthy getting 102 (75 balls). Seamers Ronsford Beaton (2-38) and Kesrick Williams (2-74) then picked up two wickets apiece as Sri Lanka A were limited to 248-7 off their allotted 38 overs, to go down by eight runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Set a revised target of 257, Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored with 58 while Milinda Siriwardana (35), Pathirana (34) and Dasun Shanaka (33 no) all got starts, but Sri Lanka A failed to get that big innings required. The victory capped off a remarkable series performance by the Windies A, who won the opening game by 165 runs in Dambulla and the second by 109 runs in Kurunegala. Choosing to bat first, West Indies overcame a stoppage for rain early in their innings to top the 300-run mark for the second straight game. Chadwick Walton hammered 36 off 41 deliveries as he dominated an opening stand of 43 with Kyle Hope who failed for the first time in the series with seven. The visitors lost three wickets for 16 runs to stumble to 59-3 in the 15th over before Mohammed and McCarthy changed the game in a brilliant 163-run fourth wicket stand. Mohammed struck eight fours and three sixes while McCarthy blasted 13 boundaries and three sixes. Rovman Powell produced a small cameo with 24 off 16 balls. Sri Lanka A got a decent start when Gunathilaka spearheaded two decent partnerships up front. He put on 44 for the first wicket with Sandun Weerakkody (20) and a further 46 for the second wicket with Jayasuriya (18). But the hosts lost wickets steadily thereafter to decline to 166-6 in the 31st over and Pathirana and Shanaka’s 51-run, seventh wicket partnership was not enough in the end.

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