Under-19s in wasteful mood
A shocking collapse saw England Under-19s cede the advantage to Sri Lanka on the third day of the opening Test at Wantage Road.
The hosts resumed on 255 for five in response to Sri Lanka’s 287, but they contrived to lose their last five wickets for seven runs to surrender a one-run first-innings advantage.
Sri Lanka, emboldened by a profitable first hour, extended that by a significant margin, reaching 269 for six by the close thanks largely to Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 97.
His was the highest contribution to a scorecard that also featured 48 from Kithuruwamn Vithanage, while Jacob Ball and Atif Sheikh claimed two wickets apiece as England battled to peg Sri Lanka back.
Earlier, captain Azeem Rafiq added just nine to his overnight 73 and Ateeq Javid, who resumed on 79, was last man out for 90 to bookend an England collapse that saw them lose five wickets in 11.1 overs.
Left-arm seamer Chatura Peiris claimed four wickets, including Adam Rouse, Ball and Sheikh in the space of five balls, to finish with 5-44.