Young Lions slip 3-1 down
The efforts of Brett Hutton and Sam Wood proved in vain as England Under-19s suffered a four-wicket defeat to Bangladesh to slip 3-1 down in their seven-match one-day series.
The Nottinghamshire duo picked up three wickets apiece, Wood doing so for the fourth game in succession, as the tourists attempted to defend a modest total of 168 all out in Sylhet.
However, Bangladesh made it home with more than 12 overs to spare, thanks largely to 59 from Salman Hossain.
“This was a game of fine margins, if we had scored another 20 to 30 runs and taken a couple of difficult chances early in their innings it may have been a different result”, said Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton.
Taskin Ahmed and Mosaddek Hossain had earlier shared eight scalps to undermine England, who were grateful for Aneesh Kapil’s 48 as they mounted a recovery of sorts from 40 for four.
Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning fell in successive balls to Taskin, who - after Wood had been caught and bowled by Mosaddek for 25 - then accounted for Rammy Singh and Sam Kelsall on a surface providing early assistance to the seamers.
Kapil and Overton, who contributed 36, shared 63 to bolster England’s hopes, but another flurry of wickets ensured the innings was brought to an end with 26 balls unused.
Hutton removed Soumya Sarkar and Bangladesh skipper Anamul Haque in his opening spell, but Aslam Hossain and Salman then combined in a valuable partnership of 80 in 19 overs.
The third-wicket pair were each dismissed by Wood but - although the spinner and Hutton each claimed a third wicket - it was too late for England, who were without three players due to illness.