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England U19s find form ahead of tri-series final

Jordan Cox hit an unbeaten century as England defeated Sri Lanka

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England U19s find form ahead of tri-series final

England U19s are stepping up their preparations ahead of the World Cup

Jordan Cox hit an unbeaten hundred and Joey Evison smashed an 18-ball 50 as England U19 prepared for their tri-series final with a 44-run win over Sri Lanka in Antigua.

Young Kent wicketkeeper Cox and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Evison piled on an unbroken 98-run partnership for the fifth wicket in just six overs. Evison’s 50 included six sixes and two fours and matches India’s Rishabh Pant’s fastest ever U19 half-century.

In contrast to the rest of the low-scoring series, England’s scored 292 runs from their 50 overs, with Sam Young (33) and Tom Clark (22) putting on a quick 48 for the opening wicket. Jack Haynes added 39 batting at four, while Luke Hollman contributed 24 when England started to increase the run-rate.

The rate went through the roof in the final overs, with Cox and Evison blasting 43 from the last two overs alone to take England to the unassailable total.

In reply, Navod Paranavithana and Kamil Mishra started well, with a 103-run partnership and although Sri Lanka kept up with the required run-rate, their regular loss of wickets hampered their chances of victory.

Ravindu Rasantha (52) and Sonal Dinusha (51no) joined the openers in reaching half-centuries but Sri Lanka finished on 248 for nine.

The two sides will face off again on Saturday in the Rising Stars Tri-Series final – the final competitive match before the U19 World Cup begins in South Africa in January.

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