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Sri Lanka U19 seal series win

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England Under-19s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of their Sri Lanka counterparts in the third youth ODI in Colombo and now trail 3-0 in the five-match series.

The tourists were dismissed for just 132 in 45.2 overs, having initially collapsed to 52 for six, and Sri Lanka took less than 19 overs to knock off the runs for the loss of one wicket.

England won the toss and elected to bat first, but openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Wood were both removed inside the first six overs by off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya.

Sanitha de Mel then picked up the wickets of Rammy Singh and Adam Rossington for one and two respectively, before Ateeq Javid and Adam Ball also fell cheaply to leave England reeling.

Glamorgan all-rounder Andrew Salter helped stage a minor recovery with a steady 36 not out off 75 balls. He received some assistance from Shiv Thakor and Tom Milnes, but the extras column proved to be England’s second highest contributor with 27.

Lahiru Jayaratne was the pick of the bowlers and cleaned up the tail to finish with fine figures of 3-18 from seven overs, while Jayasuriya, de Mel and Amila Aponso finished with two wickets apiece.

Jayasuriya built on his bowling performance with an agressive unbeaten innings off 60 from 53 balls featuring five fours and four sixes as Sri Lanka cruised to their target.

Fellow opener Ramith Rambukwella joined in the fun with a quickfire 38 and, although he was caught by Singh off Milnes, the hosts wasted little time in surging to victory.

England will look to salvage some pride in the two remaining fixtures, which take place on Thursday and Saturday.

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