Sri Lanka U19s crush England U19 in first Test
Jul 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Azeem Rafiq was thwarted by opposite number Chathura Peiris (Photo on left) in the morning, as England slipped to defeat at Northampton.
England Under-19s were undone by a brilliant display in adversity by Sri Lanka captain Chathura Peiris on the way to a 199-run defeat in the first Test at Wantage Road.
Peiris was just 13 not out when he resumed the final day, with Sri Lanka on 269 for nine in their second innings, leading by 270.
But the left-hander stuck around for 19 overs in the morning, as the tourists massaged their innings to 367 for nine declared, leaving England a distant target of 369 in two sessions and the four overs prior to lunch.
England never looked likely to reach the winning post, but they at least retained hopes of a draw going to Scarborough for the second and final Test next week.
That aim was rocked by a searing opening spell by Sanitha de Mel, who removed Daniel Bell-Drummond and Luke Gregory cheaply.
Joe Root and Luke Wells stuck around, but both had gone by the time England reached 75 for five just after tea.