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England U19s stave off defeat

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Ateeq Javid

Ateeq Javid's unbeaten 66, which spanned 140 deliveries, helped keep Sri Lanka at bay on the final day and earn England a draw in Colombo

England Under-19s produced a sterling rearguard to secure a draw in the second Test with Sri Lanka and a share of the series.

They succeeded in their mission of batting out the final day, having repelled Sri Lanka’s best advances on a wearing surface at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.

The tourists resumed on 104 without loss - trailing by 65 and with the threat of defeat very real - had progressed steadily to 324 for seven by the time the captains shook hands.

Sam Wood, 62 not out overnight, made 95, but his failure to register a second century of the match should not detract from his immense contribution to ensuring England saved the game.

Although he perished moments after Daniel Bell-Drummond fell for 43 - they shared an opening stand worth 151 - Shiv Thakor made 44 and Ateeq Javid an unbeaten 66 to ease any nerves in the England dressing room.

There were also handy - if not sizeable - contributions from Lewis Gregory, Ben Foakes, Christain Davis and Adam Ball, while Shehan Jayasuriya wheeled away for 35 overs in caliming 3-78.

Javid completed England’s task by batting through to the close, by which time he had faced 140 balls and hit eight fours.

With the Test series drawn 0-0, both sides now turn their attention to the five one-day matches scheduled for Colombo. The first takes place at Colts CC on Friday.

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