Day 1 Close:
Gary Ballance XI
293-9 (203) (80 overs)
Lyth c. Brooks b. Leaning 111*
Tattersall b. Plunkett 15
Ballance c. Hodgson b. Pyrah 3
Hodd c. Hodgson b. Robinson 1
Rafiq c. Brooks b. Leaning 33
Rhodes c. Pyrah b. Rashid 25
Sidebottom lbw b. Rashid 14
Patterson not out 50
Shilmy (local) c. Rashid b. Sudarshaa (local) 25
Coad b. Sudarshaa 0
Tattersall not out 0
Gayashan (local) 4-0-13-0
Gigirypura (local) 3-0-9-0
Sudarshaa (local) 4-1-19-2
It was Adam Lyth’s day on day one of the internal match between Gary Ballance XI and Richard Pyrah XI at RPICS, Colombo.
The classy left-hander looked in great form as he hit three-figures eventually being caught in the deep by Jack Brooks off Jack Leaning for 111. His innings included 17 boundaries from 148 balls as he dominated the crease from the outset.
The Ballance XI ended the day on 293 for 9 from 80 overs. However, with ten runs being lost for each wicket as part of keeping the game competitive, they are in theory 203 for 9 and will almost certainly declare overnight.
Lyth and England under 19s opener Jonathan Tattersall put on 39 runs for the first wicket before Tattersall lost his wicket bowled by Liam Plunkett for 15.
England batsman Gary Ballance, captaining his side in this internal two-day match, came in at number three and was out after a terrific catch by wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson diving in front of first slip to dismiss Ballance for 3 from a full delivery off Richard Pyrah.
Wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd was the third victim of the morning edging to Hodgson from a good ball by young seamer Oliver Robinson for 1.
Azeem Rafiq (33) and Lyth then put on 96 for the fourth wicket as both players dominated the bowling with some excellent shots in the afternoon session.
Wickets fell at regular intervals during the final session but it was left to seamer Steve Patterson to put in a performance with the bat smashing the ball to all parts with a strong 50* from 71 balls including seven fours and one maximum.
Both teams will be pleased with the workout especially performing outstandingly well in the sweltering conditions here in Colombo with temperatures approaching 37c in the middle.
From a bowling point of view, the bowlers were all made to work hard with spinning duo Jack Leaning and Adil Rashid both performing well. Leaning finishing the day with 2 for 56 from 10 overs and leg-spinner Rashid 2 for 57 from 17 overs.
Tomorrow it will be the turn of the Ballance XI to get in the dirt and they will want to make some early in roads with seamers Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom looking to get some bowling in their legs and Rafiq also looking to find some form ahead of the new season.
Yorkshire begins their quest for 2014 glory with an internal two-day match starting Monday March 17 at the RPICS, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
With skipper Andrew Gale still recovering from a hip injury, Gary Ballance and Richard Pyrah will take charge of their respective teams.
The match starts at 10.00am (local time) and will consist of three sessions with 80 overs due in the day.
Yorkshire, through their links with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, will call upon five local players to be included in the line-ups.
The teams selected are as follows.
Gary Ballance XI
Adam Lyth, Jonathan Tattersall, Gary Ballance (capt), Andrew Hodd (wk), Azeem Rafiq, Will Rhodes, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Ben Coad, SL Local Player, SL Local Player.
Richard Pyrah XI
Dan Hodgson (wk), Jack Leaning, Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah (captain), Oliver Robinson, Liam Plunkett, Jack Brooks, Moin Ashraf, SL Local Player, SL Local Player, SL Local Player.