England win first ODI by 25 runs
England U-19 won the first Youth ODI by 25 runs at the SSC yesterday. Sri Lankan skipper Dunith Wellallage won the toss and invited England to take first lease of the wicket.
England’s top order did well against the Lankan bowlers as they managed to score 242 runs in 49.3 overs. William Luxton was the top scorer with 44 while James Rew contributed a useful 40 runs. Skipper Wellallage was the pick of the bowlers, grabbing 5 wickets for 30 runs in 9.3 overs. The rest of the bowlers also did well to restrict England to a chasable total.
Sri Lanka ended up being 25 runs short as they were bundled out for 217 runs in 47.3 overs. Chamindu Wickramasinghe and Anjala Bandara gave Sri Lanka a brilliant start with an opening partnership of 50 runs. Ranuda Somarathne, who was making his debut, and the skipper also made useful contributions.
Dunith Wellallage played a gritty knock to score 68 runs in 68 deliveries with 1 six and 6 fours and Ranuda batted for 73 deliveries with 7 fours to score 57 runs. England: 242 (49.3) (William Luxton 44, James Rew 40, James Sales 28 n.o., George Thomas 27, Jacob Bethell 23, Rehan Ahmed 23, Tom Prest 22, Dunith Wellalage 5/30) Sri Lanka: 217 (47.3) (Dunith Wellalage 68, Ranuda Somarathne 57, Chamindu Wickramasinghe 34, Anjala Bandara 20, Joshua Boyden 3/27, Rehan Ahmed 2/31, Tom Prest 2/36, Josh Baker 2/46)