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Wood leads spirited U19 response

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Sam Wood hit a fine century as England Under-19s made a promising start to the formidable task of overhauling Sri Lanka’s 542 in the second Test.

Wood, who does not turn 18 until April, dominated England’s reply, contributing an unbeaten 110 to a close-of-play total of 158 for two on the second day at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. They trail by 384.

He struck 19 fours and a six off the 129 balls he has faced thus far, and dominated to such an extent that Daniel Bell-Drummond’s share of 94-run opening stand was worth just 24.

Lewis Gregory will resume on seven alongside Wood tomorrow, Shiv Thakor having fallen for 13 shortly before the close.

Sri Lanka employed seven bowlers with little effect, although it was only a taste of the misery England endured during 135 overs in the field.

Yasoda Lanka was chiefly responsible for that, converting his overnight 132 into a magnificent 213 before becoming the second of Jack Parsons’ two wickets, at a cost of 106. Thakor finished with 2-73 and Gurman Randhawa 2-83.

The hosts, who resumed this morning on 372 for five, were thankful for 48 from number eight Amila Aponso, while England’s struggles with the ball were highlighted by the fact that the last two wickets yielded 68 runs.

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