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Matthew Dunn & Ramith Rambukwella

Matthew Dunn has Ramith Rambukwella caught at slip as England made early inroads into Sri Lanka at Northampton

Young Surrey fast bowler Matthew Dunn impressed as England Under-19s forged a useful position on the opening day of the first youth Test against Sri Lanka at Northampton.

Dunn, who played for England in the ICC Under-19 World Cup last winter, claimed 4-50 as Sri Lanka compiled 287 after being asked to bat by England captain Azeem Rafiq.

Only Kithuruwan Vithanage, with 52, posted a half-century, but there were useful contributions throughout the order from the tourists, who were able to add 114 for the last four wickets to frustrate England.

After seamer Lewis Gregory took three middle-order wickets, Denuwan Rajakaruna and captain Chathura Peiris provided late resistance with stubborn 40s.

When Sri Lanka were finally dismissed in the evening, Joe Root and 16-year-old Daniel Bell-Drummond negotiated England through the final three overs to 14 without loss.

England handed Under-19 debuts to four players in this first of two Tests - Gregory (Somerset), Bell-Drummond (Kent), Jacob Ball (Nottinghamshire) and Adam Rouse (Hampshire).

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