The South Africa Emerging Team piled up 281 for 3 wickets on the opening day of the first unofficial test match against the Sri Lanka Emerging Team at Potchefstroom on Thursday.
Openers Mathew Britski, who made 114, and Jenamon Marlon 75 figured in a 145-run alliance for the first wicket in the rain marred first day’s play which restricted play to 68 overs. Britski’s 187-ball knock contained 10 boundaries while Marlon’s 93-ball innings included 12 boundaries as the Sri Lankan bowling attack was put to the sword. Skipper Van Tonder was unbeaten on 67 off 111 balls at the close of play.
Chamika Karunaratne was the most economical bowler for the Sri Lanka Emerging Team with 1 wicket for 40 and Mohamed Shiraz 1 for 44. Lasith Embuldeniya, who did not play in the limited overs triangular tournament which Sri Lanka won, took a heavy toll conceding 86 runs for 1 wicket.
South Africa Emerging Team 281/3
(M. Britski 114, J. Marlon 75, Van Tonder 67 n.o., C. Karunaratne 1/40, M. Shiraz 1/44, L. Embuldeniya 1/86)
By Srian Obeyesekere
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