EPD U19s up and running
The Elite Player Development under-19s began their quintet of one-day games against county second XIs in fine style with an eight-wicket win over Leicestershire at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.
Gloucestershire’s Chris Dent and Lancashire’s Luke Perry made light work of chasing 144 after Paul Best’s five-wicket haul restricted the county side.
Best took 5-19 in 10 overs to help end the innings in 41.2 of a possible 50 overs, during which Ateeq Javid took two wickets.
Under-19 openers Christopher Jones and Charlie Roebuck both fell for nought but Dent, who struck 81, and Perry, who made 46, completed their task in 31.1 overs.
The sides meet again tomorrow at the same venue, the second of three games in as many days before the under-19s face back-to-back matches against Derbyshire.