Cottrell, Mayers help WI level series
FLORENCE HALL – Man Of The Match Sheldon Cottrell conjured up a lethal spell to fire West Indies “A” to a series-levelling 45-run win over Sri Lanka “A” in the final one-dayer of the three-match series in Jamaica on Sunday.
Defending a paltry 152 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts bundled Sri Lanka “A” out for 107 in the 39th over, with left-arm speedster Cottrell taking four for 19 from 8.3 overs.
Opener Nipun Karunanayake top-scored with 47 as Cottrell removed Sandun Weerakkody (6) and Roshen Silva (3) cheaply to leave the innings tottering on 12 for two in the fifth over.
And when captain Dhananjaya De Silva was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Odean Smith for three, the visitors slumped to 28 for three in the 11th over.
Karunanayake, who faced 113 deliveries and struck two fours, put on 25 for the fourth wicket with Charith Asalanka (10), but once they were separated the last seven wickets perished for 54 runs.
Seamer Kyle Mayers was also superb, taking three for 24 to destroy the lower order while off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall took two for 23 in his 10 overs.
Earlier, Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 35, Andre McCarthy got 27 and Sunil Ambris made 20, but Windies “A” also faltered after opting to bat first, once pinch-hitting opener Rahkeem Cornwall fell for 18.
They were well placed on 115 for four just after the halfway stage but declined to lose their last six wickets for 37 runs.
Windies “A” were undermined by pacer Vimukthi Perera who grabbed four for 25. (CMC)