England win in rain affected game

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England Under-19 registered a 3 wicket win over Sri Lanka Under-19 in a rain effected first of three Youth ODI worked off at County Ground, Worcester on Monday (5). 

The game had some interruptions due to rain and 2 overs were deducted making it a 48 over match.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka posted 248-9 with all top order batters contributing with useful knocks.

Sri Lanka were off to a positive start with a 45-run partnership between Hasitha Marasinghe and Abishek Liyanaarachchi. Hasitha was the first wicket to fall when he was bamboozled with a peach of delivery by Fateh Singh in the 10th over. Abishek too didn’t last long and was back to the pavilion to the apply brakes to the Sri Lanka charge.

Adding salt to the visitor’s wounds, No.5 batter Ranindu Somarathne threw away his wicket when Fateh Singh once again delivered in the 16th over.

After two quick blows, Shevon Daniel and Raveen de Silva revived the inning to a certain extent but failed to carry on, as the England pace attack once again clicked to send Raveen back to the pavillion.

Despite wickets falling at one end, Shevon Daniel played a lone hand with a solid 54 off 64 deliveries including 5 fours and a six to put Sri Lanka on a perfect track, but failed to hang on as he was bowled by Thomas Aspinwall, and the momentum was back with England.

With Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 147 for 5, wicket keeper Anjala Bandara (44) and all-rounder Malsha Tharupathi (37) built a 69-run stand for the 6th wicket to take Sri Lanka to a respectable 248/9 at the end of their allotted overs.

Fateh Singh was the pick of the bowlers with 3/49, and Thomas Aspinwall – who caused a lot of trouble with the new ball – ended with figures of 2/24 in 9 overs.

With more rain interruptions at Worcester, the encounter lost more overs and the hosts were given a target of 172 in 24 overs.

The English youth were up to the task and chased the total down, batting aggressively from ball 1, and achieved their target with 5 balls to spare.

Alex Horton was the hero with a quick fire 49 from 37 deliveries with 4 fours and 2 maximums, while Danial Ibrahim, George Thomas and Ben McKinney also contributed with useful knocks.

The 2nd youth ODI takes place tomorrow (8) at the same venue.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka U-19: 248-9 (Shevon Daniel  54, Anjala Bandara 44, Fateh Singh 3-49)

England U-19: 174-7 (Alex Horton 49, Danial Ibrahim 32, Raveen de Silva 2-32)