Adil Rashid took four wickets to continue his fine run of form today but an inexperienced Yorkshire side slipped to a 26-run one-day friendly defeat against Sri Lanka A at Headingley.
The Bradfordian leg-spinner returned 4-57 from ten overs as the tourists, including six full internationals, made 276-9 on a true surface in front of crowd of approximately 160.
He has now taken 14 wickets in his last five outings in all forms, including two four-wicket hauls and a three-for in Tuesday’s one-day Cup defeat to Gloucestershire.
Yorkshire, including three debutants, had a great chance to pull off a notable win, but they fell from 113-1 and 140-2 to 249 all out as nine wickets went to spin.
The hosts’ damaging period came when they lost five for 42 to fall from 140-2 in the 24th over to 182-7 in the 35th, including soft dismissals for Jack Leaning, Rashid and Dan Hodgson in that period.
Hodgson made an inventive 51 off 66 balls, but he was caught at backward point reverse sweeping at the left-arm spin of Chaturanga de Silva, who claimed 3-33 from ten overs.
Leg-spinner Prasanna Seekkuge finished with 4-42 from 9.2, but de Silva picked up the key wickets.
Yorkshire captain Alex Lees was the innings top-scorer with 54 off 58 balls.
Sri Lanka’s total was underpinned by a century from their most experienced player, wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal.
He played in the Headingley Test match earlier in the summer and scored 45, but he has since fallen out of favour having played in the first Test of the home series against South Africa, which finished last week.
Like Rashid, debutant left-arm seamer James Wainman enjoyed an encouraging day with 3-51 from eight overs and 33 off 27 balls from number nine in the order as Yorkshire attempted to drag the game out of the fire.
Ben Coad also bowled an excellent new ball spell of 0-11 from six overs.