Vandorts knock helps Lanka beat Derbyshire

Published: Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Michael Vandort did his prospects of playing in next week's first Test againt England at Lord's no harm by scoring an unbeaten 90 as Sri Lanka beat Derbyshire by six wickets on the third and final day of their tour match.

After the tourists were left with a target of 262 off a minimum off 60 overs, Vandort dropped anchor to see his side home with an innings lasting nearly four hours and featuring 10 fours.

Experienced wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara made 48 and Chamara Kapugedera helped see Sri Lanka home with an unbeaten 44 off 45 balls.

At tea, the Sri Lankans were 127-1, needing another 135 from 31 overs, and Sangakkara danced down the pitch to the second ball after the break from seamer Mo Sheikh.

But he was stumped attempting a repeat off Andy Gray but Vandort and Kapugedera prevented further trouble after Tillakaratne Dilshan went cheaply.

Sri Lanka conclude their first Test preparations with a four-day match against England A starting at New Road, Worcester, on Thursday.

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