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Ruthless Rafiq runs through Tigers

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First-innings double centurion Josh Cobb sealed England's victory by knocking off the required target with James Vince

Azeem Rafiq bowled England Under-19s to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory inside three days of the first youth Test against Bangladesh at Scarborough.

Rafiq, 18, the Yorkshire off-spinner, ran through the Tigers with 6-90 from 30 overs, as the tourists, following on, were dismissed for 276 in their second innings.

When play resumed at North Marine Road, Bangladesh added five runs to their overnight 265 for nine before Scott Borthwick (5-70) claimed the final wicket of Shabbir Rahman.

With a 232-run lead at his disposal, England captain Hamza Riazuddin enforced the follow-on.

Chief resistance came in a stand of 101 for the third wicket between Saikat Ali (58) and Mominul Haque (80) but, after Rafiq dismissed the pair, regular breakthroughs followed. Chris Wood and Nathan Buck took the other four wickets between them.

Bangladesh had eked out a lead of 44, but that proved a formality for England openers Josh Cobb (31 not out) and James Vince (16no), who knocked off the required runs in 6.2 overs on the third evening.

The match was a personal triumph for Cobb, the Leicestershire batsman, who struck four fours and two sixes, to add to his first-innings 220.

The second and final Test begins at Derby's County Ground on July 12.

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