Lanka suffers Somerset setback ahead of tri-series

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2002, 21:10 [IST]
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Taunton (England): Sri Lanka's preparations ahead of next week's triangular One-day International series took a turn for the worse with a comprehensive 63-run defeat against Somerset on Friday.

Somerset racked up 241 although there was come consolation for the tourists in the form of left-arm quick Nuwan Zoysa (four for 49) and medium-pacer Pramodya Wickremasinghe (three for 37). But with Michael Burns (63) and Keith Parsons (50) making half-centuries, as others chipped in, the home side set a stiff challenge for its opponents. It was one Sri Lanka failed to master, bowled out for 178, its last six batsmen falling for 52 runs with Naveed Nawaz's 94-ball 61 the lone Sri Lankan highlight. Former Middlesex off spinner Keith Dutch (four for 30) and one-time England Under-19 left-arm paceman Matthew Bulbeck (four for 36) did the bulk of the damage. Sri Lanka next plays English One-day specialists Gloucestershire at Bristol on Sunday. In that match-opening batsman Marvan Atapattu is expected to play his first game since being hit on the hand during the Third Test 10-wicket defeat by England at Old Trafford. That victory gave England the three-match Test series 2-0. On Thursday, Sri Lanka plays England in the first fixture of a One-day series, also featuring India, at Trent Bridge.

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