The first of the 3 match Youth ODI series between Sri Lanka U19 and England U19 concluded today as the hosts registered a 3 wicket win in a rain affected game.
England U19s, who won the toss at Worcester, invited Sri Lanka U19s to bat first. The game had some interruptions due to rain and 2 overs were deducted making it a 48 over match. Most of the Sri Lankan top order batters got starts but none could go on to make a big one.
Shevon Daniel, who made another solid 50 top scored with 54 off 64 deliveries. His knock included 5 fours and a six. With Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 147 for 5, wicket keeper Anjala Bandara and all-rounder Malsha Tharupathi built a 69-run stand for the 6th wicket in just 73 deliveries which revived the Sri Lankan innings. After Tharupathi’s departure, Bandara, who continued to bat well managed to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score of 248/9. He got out during the penultimate over, having made 44 off 62 deliveries. Abhisheak Liyanaarachchi who opened the batting was the other batsman to score 30+ as he made a watchful 33.
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Fateh Singh was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he took 3 wickets for 49 and Thomas Aspinwall who caused a lot of trouble with the new ball in hand ended with figures of 2 for 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. English youth batters who were up to the task of chasing this total down batted aggressively from ball 1 as the young Sri Lankans were put under a lot of pressure.
The England top 3 managed to get them over the 100-run mark in just 15 overs and rest of the batters who made full use of the advantage of having wickets in hand managed to cross the target with 5 balls to spare. Keeper Alex Horton who batted at number 3 made a quick fire 49 from 37 deliveries with 4 fours and 2 maximums. Danial Ibrahim also made a blistering 32 off 21 balls.
For Sri Lanka, only Treveen Mathew was able to stop the flow of runs but unfortunately he couldn’t take any wickets. Skipper Raveen de Silva took 2 wickets but went for some runs as he registered figures of 2/32 in 4 overs going at a rate of 8.
With this win the hosts England U19 take the 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The 2nd youth ODI between the two sides will take place on the 08th of September at the same venue.
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|Hasitha Amarasinghe||b Fateh Singh||19||30||4||0||63.33|
|Abisheak Liyanaarachchi||c Danial Ibrahim b Fateh Singh||33||47||3||0||70.21|
|Shevon Daniel||b Thomas Aspinwall||54||64||5||1||84.38|
|Ranuda Somarathne||lbw b Fateh Singh||4||2||1||0||200.00|
|Raveen de Silva||c Thomas Aspinwall b Dominic Kelly||19||22||3||0||86.36|
|Anjala Bandara||b Thomas Aspinwall||44||62||2||0||70.97|
|Malsha Tharupathi||c Alex Horton b Jamal Richards||37||39||4||1||94.87|
|Duvindu Ranatunga||b Danial Ibrahim||12||10||2||0||120.00|
|Treveen Mathews||not out||4||6||0||0||66.67|
|sahan mihira||c Joseph Eckland b Danial Ibrahim||2||7||0||0||28.57|
|Extras||20 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 16, pen 0)|
|Total||248/9 (48 Overs, RR: 5.17)|
|George Thomas||c Ranuda Somarathne b Treveen Mathews||28||23||4||1||121.74|
|Ben McKinney||c Abisheak Liyanaarachchi b sahan mihira||31||32||5||0||96.88|
|Alex Horton||c Duvindu Ranatunga b Raveen de Silva||49||37||4||2||132.43|
|Ross Whitfield||c sahan mihira b Raveen de Silva||5||11||0||0||45.45|
|Matthew Hurst||run out (Raveen de Silva)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Danial Ibrahim||c Abisheak Liyanaarachchi b Duvindu Ranatunga||32||21||2||1||152.38|
|Joseph Eckland||run out (Shevon Daniel)||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|Jamal Richards||not out||10||9||1||0||111.11|
|Dominic Kelly||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||10 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 6, pen 0)|
|Total||174/7 (23.1 Overs, RR: 7.51)|
|Raveen de Silva||4||0||32||2||8.00|