England take major honours at stumps on Day 1


Sri Lanka was on 25 for the loss of 1 wicket in reply to England’s mammoth total of 387 on the opening day of the first four-day Youth Test at Chelmsford.

Electing to bat, England’s total was propped up by George Bell who scored 107 off 96 balls inclusive of 10 boundaries, and Ross Whitfield who made 86 off 106 hitting 8 boundaries and a six. The duo shared a third wicket partnership of 185 runs.

17-year-old speedster Duvindu Ranatunga took 4 wickets for 100 runs, which included the prized ones of Bell and Whiteley. Dulaj Samuditha provided him good support with a 2-wicket haul alongside Wanuja Sahan who also took 2 wickets.

With 9 overs left in the day the Sri Lankan openers walked out to bat hoping to reach stumps without any casualties, but unfortunately lost Sadisha Rajapaksa for 11, leaving them on 25/1 at close.

Asitha Wanninayake, the unbeaten batter was on 13. With a deficit of 362 runs and a new ball at play, the Sri Lankan top order will have their work cut out to take the upper hand in this encounter.

Brief scores:

England: 387 (George Bell 107, Ross Whitfield 86, Bertie Foreman 58, Ben Mckiney 33, Duvindu Ranatunga 4/100, Wanuja Sahan 2/56, Dulaj Samuditha 2/105)

Sri Lanka: 25/1 (Sadisha Rajapaksa 11, Asitha Wanninayake 13*, Benjamin Cliff 1/6)