Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2014 Contents LONDON---Kumar Sangakkara s first century
at Lord s led Sri Lanka to 415-7 at stumps and
within 160 of England s first innings after three
days of the first Test yesterday.
Sangakkara cruised to his 36th Test century,
and helped Sri Lanka sail past the follow-on mark
after England declared at 575-9 on Friday.
England s total didn t look so imposing yesterday
as all of Sri Lanka s top order delivered.
Resuming from 140-1 overnight, Sri Lanka
opener Kaushal Silva was first to depart in the
morning after a patient 63, nicking a James Ander-
Mahela Jayawardene joined Sangakkara, and
the stalwarts led their side safely to lunch and
Sangakkara raised his century off 182 balls with
a four through the covers off Joe Root. Sangakkara
raised his arms and Jayawardene jumped on his
"It feels very special to get on the (Lord s) hon-
ours board," Sangakarra said. "He (Root) tossed
it wide . I committed to the shot 100 per cent,
and usually when you commit to it like that, it
finds the gap."
He and Jayawardene added 126 for the third
wicket until Jayawardene was dismissed for 55 by
Stuart Broad, after a review.
Lahiru Thirimanne scored only 2 before he
became Anderson s second wicket, then captain
Angelo Mathews joined Sangakkara and they
immediately fell into synch.
They put up 96 together when Sangakkara tried
to cut Moeen Ali only to top edge to wicketkeeper
Matt Prior at 385-5. Sangakkara s 147 came from
258 deliveries, and included 16 boundaries. The
Lord s crowd gave him rapturous applause.
Prasanna Jayawardene made 6 before falling to
Liam Plunkett, with Ian Bell taking a good reaction
catch at leg slip, and Chris Jordan took his second
England wicket when Nuwan Kulasekara edged
behind on 4.
Mathews finished the day unbeaten with a defi-
ant 79, with Rangana Herath yet to get off the
England s bowlers looked like they were going
to make an impact with the new ball taken in the
81st over, but generally struggled as Sri Lanka s
did on the flat pitch.
"England will try to ... put the pressure back
on us," Sangakkara said. "Hopefully, the tail can
add 60 or 70 runs." (AP)
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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, left, celebrates his 100 runs not out as
his teammate Mahela Jayawardene leaps on his back on the third day
of the first Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at
Lord's cricket ground in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Charlotte Edwards, who was this week
named England women s Player of the Year,
has been awarded a CBE for services to
cricket after captaining the team to back-
to-back Ashes wins in 2013 and 2014.
Edwards team-mate Jenny Gunn, who
played in both series, also gets a MBE in
the Queen s birthday honours list.
Edwards made her international debut as
a teenager and has captained England for the
best part of a decade, leading the team to
World Cup and World T20 wins in 2009.
Earlier this year, she was named one of Wis-
den s Cricketers of the Year, becoming only
the second woman to receive the accolade.
Gunn, the vice-captain, became England s
leading international wicket-taker during the
2013 Ashes and played a full part in the World
T20 campaign during March and April, which
ended in defeat to Australia in the final.
"I am absolutely delighted," Edwards said.
"This is a huge honour and rounds off an
extraordinary year for me and the England
women s side. I am so proud of everything
that the team has achieved over the last 12
months---to win back-to-back Women s
Ashes Series and reach a World Twenty20
final is pretty special."
David Collier, the ECB chief executive,
added: "On behalf of everyone at the ECB,
I would like to pass on our sincere congrat-
ulations to Charlotte Edwards and Jenny
Gunn on their CBE and MBE awards.
This is fitting recognition for both players
after leading the England women s side during
an exceptionally successful 12 months for
"Charlotte, Jenny and their England team-
mates are all wonderful ambassadors for the
wider women s game, and through their work
with Chance to Shine they act as inspirational
role models for young players in schools
across the country."
There was also an MBE for Ken Lake, who
has been general secretary of the English
Schools Cricket Association for more than
20 years and helps support the ECB s junior
cricket competitions. Dr Paul Hawkins, the
founder of Hawk-Eye s ball-tracking tech-
nology, which forms a key part of the Umpire
Decision Review System, is to receive an OBE.
Sri Lanka to 415-7
Murali Kartik, the former
India left-arm spinner, has
announced his retirement from
all forms of cricket. Kartik, 37,
played eight Tests, 37 ODIs and
one Twenty20 international for
India. His first-class career,
which began in 1996, spanned
more than 17 years.
Kartik s career coincided with
the dominance of Anil Kumble
and Harbhajan Singh in the India
side, and as a result, he never
got a sustained run in Tests. He
played four Tests in 2000, mak-
ing his debut against South
Africa in Mumbai but had to
wait for more than three years
for his next chance, which came
against Australia in Sydney in
January 2004, where he had a
return of 1 for 211.
He bounced back with a solid
showing against the same oppo-
nents at home later that year
and his seven wickets were cru-
cial in India winning the Mumbai
Test in November. The first Test
against South Africa in Kanpur
later that month turned out to
be Kartik s last, although he
made a short-lived ODI come-
back in 2007.
The comeback brought about
his finest ODI performance, also
against Australia in Mumbai,
where he claimed 6 for 27 and
then made an unbeaten 21 in a
partnership with Zaheer Khan.
"The Mumbai Test (match
haul of 7/76) where I won the
Man-of-the-Match award will
always be special as we were able
to restrict an Australian side
chasing 103 (107)," he said, when
asked to pick out his career high-
lights. "Also when Sachin pre-
sented me with my India Test
cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach)
presented the India hat."
Kartik was also a key member
of the Railways side that made
successive Ranji Trophy finals
in 2000-01 and 2001-02, both
times against Baroda. He played
a vital role in their maiden title
triumph in 2001-02, taking 5 for
51 and 3 for 7 in addition to scor-
ing 69 in the second innings of
In all, he played 203 first-class
games and took 644 wickets at
an average of 26.70. Nearly a
third of those wickets were for
English county sides Middlesex,
Somerset, Surrey and Lancashire.
He was also a handy batsman
and was even used as an opener
at times. He made 4423 first-
class runs at an average of 20.19
with a highest of 96.
In the latter part of his career,
Kartik also enjoyed success in
the shortest format in England.
He was part of Middlesex s T20-
winning squad in 2008, and
made two finals with Somerset
in 2010 and 2011. He has rep-
resented Kolkata Knight Riders,
Royal Challengers Bangalore and
Pune Warriors in the IPL and
was picked by Kings XI Punjab
in the 2014 auction. Kartik has
said he will be available to play
for Kings XI in the forthcoming
Champions League T20.
Edwards gets CBE in honours list
retires from cricket
England 1st Innings 575-9 declared
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
D Karunaratne c Prior b Jordan .........38
K Silva c Prior b Anderson .....................63
K Sangakkara c Prior b Ali .....................147
M Jayawardene lbw b Broad ...............55
L Thirimanne c Robson b Anderson..2
A Mathews not out ....................................79
P Jayewardene c Bell b Plunkett ......6
N Kulasekara c Prior b Jordan.............4
R Herath not out ..........................................0
Extras: (7b, 1lb, 6w, 2nb)........................16
TOTAL: (for 7 wickets)............................415
To bat: Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep.
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-151, 3-277, 4-289, 5-
385, 6-400, 7-413
Bowling: James Anderson 24-6-73-2,
Stuart Broad 24-7-60-1, Chris Jordan 27-4-
98-2, Liam Plunkett 30-2-113-1, Moeen Ali
16-2-56-1, Joe Root 3-1-7-0.
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Billy Bowden, New Zealand, and
Paul Reiffel, Australia.
TV umpire: Steve Davis, Australia.
Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.
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