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England Under-19s held to a draw

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Sri Lanka’s batsmen dominated the final day of the first Under-19 Test of two to ensure a draw in Galle.

England this morning took their first-innings lead to 117 before four wickets for off-spinner Jack Parsons reduced the hosts to 175 for five.

If the tourists scented victory, Duleeka Thissakuttige and wicketkeeper-batsman Lasith Aberathne erased those hopes with a stand of 140.

The attacking Aberathne fell three short of a ton, his innings coming from just 86 balls and containing 13 fours plus two sixes, while Thissakuttige was unbeaten on 70.

Lewis Gregory’s side resumed on 502 for eight, a lead of 87, but lost Adam Ball to off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya for the addition of two to his overnight 63.

Gurman Randhawa extended his unbeaten 12 to 28 not out before Parsons was bowled by Maduka Liyanapathiranage for 12.

Sri Lanka’s openers put on 52 but Parson struck twice in as many overs to have both held. Dhananjaya de Silva went for 13 and Jayasuriya for 42, including eight fours.

First-innings centurion Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Yasoda Lanka also shared a half-century alliance before left-arm seamer Ball bowled the former for 31.

Lanka and Duleeka Thissakuttige produced a third fifty partnership, which Parsons ended when he trapped Lanka in front for 57.

Three balls later Parsons removed Kaushalya Gajasinghe to leave the hosts five down and just 63 in front.

However, Thissakuttige and Lasith Aberathne guided their side to safety before the latter fell to Ateeq Javid.

Chathuranga Kumara joined Thissakuttige in the middle but the teams soon shook hands.

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