Derbyshire Abroad: Arthur signs off with win, Masood form continues

Friday 10th December 2021
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Mickey Arthur ended his reign as Sri Lanka Head Coach with a series win over the West Indies, while new overseas Shan Masood made it two centuries in as many first-class matches in Pakistan.

Arthur, who has joined Derbyshire as the new Head of Cricket, followed up Sri Lanka’s positive showing in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup with a 2-0 Test series win at Galle, ending his time leading their national team on a high note.

Each victory was a comprehensive one, with Arthur’s side winning by 187 and 164 runs respectively, with spinners Ramesh Mendis (18 wickets) and Lasith Embuldeniya (13 wickets), as well as batters Dimuth Karunaratne (278 runs, one century) and Dhananjaya de Silva (219 runs, one century) the standout performers.

Elsewhere, opening batter Shan Masood continued his fine form in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy for Balochistan, making it two centuries in his first two red ball matches for the side.

His latest, a stylish 102 from 142 balls which included 13 fours and three sixes, could not prevent Balochistan from defeat, as Central Punjab chased down a target of 212 on Day Four to win by five wickets.

Masood, who this week signed for Derbyshire as an all-formats overseas player for the 2022 season, began his red ball campaign with a destructive 105 from just 82 deliveries in a ten-wicket win over Southern Punjab.

In South Africa, Leus du Plooy could feature for South Western Districts in the CSA Four-Day Franchise Series against Northern Cape at Kimberley, starting on Thursday 16 December.

The left-hand batter is in fine form, having scored 198 runs in his four red ball innings for SWD, including two half-centuries, while du Plooy also smashed a top-scoring 55 on his sole T20 appearance for the side.

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