England U19 v Sri Lanka

DaveMorton

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4th & final day today. live stream on YouTube. Could be a good finish, with positive captaincy. England lead by 183 with 6 wickets in hand and 86 overs left in the match.
 

Karma

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4th & final day today. live stream on YouTube. Could be a good finish, with positive captaincy. England lead by 183 with 6 wickets in hand and 86 overs left in the match.
Yorkshire's Ben cliff is playing , maybe there as a bigger need to have beeen playing for Yorkshire at Scarborough (not sure where his contract is at) he took a couple of wickets in 1st innings ,scored some runs (average 19)
 

Newby

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Probably better for Ben Cliff's development to play in the U19's game. The way things turned out it might have been better for Will Luxton if he had done the same.

Sri Lanka digging in, looks like a draw but all results possible.
 

Newby

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Pity there's no commentary. Sri Lanka seem to have England rattled. They should feel at home with the pitch it looks like a dust bowl.
 

Karma

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Well it looks like a dustbowl because it is one , there's a difference between making someone feel at home and giving them an advantage . still a few long days in the field will not do any of them any harm , the best practice is to play a game. even though England lost .

We might have to get more used to wickets like that and monsoons because of climate change.
 

DaveMorton

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Fabulous day's cricket. England were bowled out before lunch by the Lankan spinners - lovely cricket to watch - though it looked as though they were declaring anyway. The final equation was 273 off 59 overs. Perfect!

Big Tom Aspinwall from Lanky then took 3 quick wickets, and SL were 48 for 4. Ben Cliff bowled pretty well, though didn't quite attack the stumps like Aspinwall, who bowled two and got an lbw for his third. One poster on YouTube reckoned it was fifty fifty at that stage - 50% England, 50% draw, and I wouldn't have disagreed much with that.

However, we seemed to have no credible spin option. An off-spinner from Sussex, who was dire, and a few leg-breaks from a Durham batsman, who has never bowled for his County. I saw him bat at Richmond. He, at least, did manage to land a couple, and got a wicket.

Sri Lanka simply batted well, and paced their innings perfectly. One lad got a lovely not out ton, everyone chipped in, and the left-arm spinner who had taken 4-for came in to score 23 off 23 to get them home with 11 balls to spare.

SL won by 3 wickets. Good to see two top umpires officiating.

And yes, Karma, the pitch did look a bit 'sub-continental', which is why bowling at the stumps was a good idea. Our spinner didn't turn it, their two did.
 
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