Ravel revels as Sri Lankan A attack struggles against New Zealand A

Jeet Raval punished the Sri Lankan A bowling attack with a masterly 152 for New Zealand A on the opening day of their ...
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Jeet Raval punished the Sri Lankan A bowling attack with a masterly 152 for New Zealand A on the opening day of their four-day match in Christchurch

Jeet Raval helped ensure there was no respite for Sri Lanka A's cricketers despite a switch to the four-day format as New Zealand A took early control of the penultimate tour match in Christchurch on Saturday.

Raval produced the bulk of the A team's 336 for five at Hagley Oval with a superb 152 from 235 balls.

The Auckland left hander posted his 11th first class hundred from 160 deliveries after sharing a substantial opening stand with Dean Brownlie.

After opting to bowl first Sri Lanka's attack rarely threatened in an effort reminiscent of the displays produced by the one-day side as they slumped to a 4-0 series loss.

Raval and Brownlie, who scored a patient 68 in a touch over two hours, put on 153 for the first wicket in 42.3 overs before the Australian-born former Black Cap edged to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Michael Bracewell departed in the next over for a six-ball duck but Sri Lanka's joy was short lived as Raval and Cantabrian Henry Nicholls added 121 for the third wicket.

Raval was also caught at the wicket after stroking 13 fours and a trio of sixes once he passed three figures.

Nicholls was unbeaten on 67 at the close and Black Caps bowler Adam Milne resumes on six.

Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay was the most successful and economical bowler with 2-67 from 22 overs.

New Zealand A 336-5 (Jeet Raval 152, Dean Brownlie 68, Henry Nicholls 67*) v Sri Lanka A at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

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