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Henry stars against Sri Lanka

Sportal December 6, 2012, 8:42 pm
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New South Wales opener Scott Henry has scored 172 not out to lead the Chairman's XI to 4-390 on the opening day of the tour match against Sri Lanka.

While the focus was on former NSW batsman Usman Khawaja, who could be involved in Australia's Test side during the Sri Lanka series, Henry stole the show with 172 off 253 balls, including 22 boundaries and two sixes at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Victoria's Glenn Maxwell almost made it two centuries in a day for the home team before he was dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep for 91 in the third session.

Khawaja, captain of the Chairman's XI, won the toss on Thursday and elected to bat, which Henry and fellow opening batsman Marcus Harris took full advantage of.

Harris and Henry built a partnership of 47 before the former was out for 20 in the 15th over, caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga just after the first drinks break.

Khawaja batted until well into the second session to make a half century but was out soon after for 56 when he hit a delivery from Chanaka Welegedara straight to Mahela Jayawardene at midwicket.

Sri Lanka picked up another wicket to end the session with Suraj Randiv bowling Alex Doolan for six and the Chairman's XI were 3-193 at tea.

Maxwell went on a rampage in the final session scoring 91 off 77 balls including two sixes and 11 fours but fell nine short of his century when he danced down the wicket to Pradeep, missed and was bowled.

That brought Travis Head of South Australia to the crease and the 18-year-old wicketkeeper worked alongside Henry to take the Chairman's XI to 390 at stumps with six wickets in hand.

Eranga was the best of Sri Lanka's bowlers with figures of 1/22 off 13 overs in a tough day for the tourists.

Dhammika Prasad (0/101 off 15 overs) was the most expensive of the visiting bowlers, conceding 6.73 runs per over.

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