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Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn picked up three wickets as England Under-19s reduced their Sri Lanka counterparts from 126 for three to 150 all out

Bad light in Colombo denied England Under-19s the opportunity to gain a morale-boosting first win at the fourth attempt in the one-day series against their Sri Lanka counterparts.

In a game reduced to 20 overs a side at Nondescripts Cricket Club, the tourists were set 151 to win following an impressive bowling display.

Having been put into bat after a 28-over delay, Shehan Jayasuriya and Ramith Rambukwella quickly put on 55 for Sri Lanka’s first wicket either side of a rain stoppage that cost two more overs.

Rambukwella became the first of three wickets for Lewis Gregory, for 27 from 24 balls, before Jayasuriya dominated a half-century stand with Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

However, after Rajapaksa was bowled by Jack Parsons, Jayasuriya became Gregory’s second victim for 60 from 43 deliveries.

That precipitated a collapse of eight wickets for 24 runs, including three for Matthew Dunn and one for fellow opening bowler Adam Ball.

Chathuranga Kumara had Daniel Bell-Drummond caught behind early in England’s chase but they were handily placed at 41 for one from seven overs, with Adam Rossington unbeaten on 21 from 19 balls and Gregory on 10, when bad light ended proceedings.

The final match of the series and England’s tour is on Saturday at Moors Cricket Club also in Colombo.

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