Bangladesh deny Under-19s
England Under-19s were denied victory in the second Test as Bangladesh’s lower order produced a dogged rearguard display to keep the rampant hosts at bay and earn a draw in Derby.
Declaring on their overnight second-innings total of 283 for four, England set Bangladesh an unlikely victory target of 375 and looked on course to seal a series whitewash when the tourists were reduced to 133 for seven.
However, an unbeaten 51 from Shabbir Rahman and healthy contributions from Nur Hossain (22) and Alauddin Babu (28) dented England’s chances of victory, steering Bangladesh to 204 for eight before the captains shook hands.
Yorkshire leg-spinner Azeem Rafiq was the pick of England’s bowlers, claiming 5-77, while Nathan Buck, David Willey and Luke Wells picked up a wicket apiece.
It was England’s batsmen that put them in a winning position, with Kent’s Sam Northeast impressing, piling up an outstanding 258 runs in the match.
Despite their failure to force victory at the County Ground, the hosts still recorded a 1-0 series win following the 10-wicket triumph in the opening Test at Scarborough last week.