• England Under-19s 2m

    England Under-19s lose ODI series with two games to spare

    Hefty 169-run defeat to India means England are 3-0 down with two games to play.

    Shubman Gill stroked his second century of India’s Under-19 tour of England to set up another emphatic victory which sealed the Royal London One-Day Series with two matches to spare.

    Gill, a tall 17-year-old right-hander from Jharkhand, followed the 102 he made in the second four-day match in Worcester with a hugely impressive innings of 147 from 127 balls, including 19 fours and two sixes.

    That set up an imposing total of 327 for seven after Prithvi Shaw had won the toss and chosen to bat at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove.

    Somerset’s Tom Banton posted England’s first half-century of the series in their reply, but nobody else made 30, and they were all out for a third consecutive sub-200 total with almost 10 overs to spare.

    England never really recovered from a shocking start when Durham opener Liam Trevaskis cut the second ball from Kamlesh Nagarkoti to the gully, where Himanshu Rana took an acrobatic juggling catch.

    Nagarkoti struck again in his second over courtesy of another sharp catch, this time by Shaw at slip to dismiss Liam Banks.

    England’s captain and vice captain, Harry Brook and Will Jacks, were both shaping with promise in a third-wicket stand of 27 before falling in consecutive overs – Jacks steering Nagarkoti to gully, and Brook caught behind driving at Shivam Mavi.

    Tom Lammonby then joined his Somerset team-mate Banton in a sensible fifth-wicket stand of 52, only for the left-handed Lammonby to be bowled behind his legs by tall seamer Ishan Porel for 24.

    Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson was lbw sweeping at the left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma, but Banton reached a 59-ball 50 by sweeping and reverse-sweeping Sharma for consecutive boundaries.

    The right-hander from Taunton then launched his second six into the old pavilion, but perished from the next ball as a reverse sweep picked out Salman Khan on the deep cover boundary.

    Matt Potts, a Durham all-rounder who was making his first appearance of the series, took four for 61 in the India innings, including Rana bowled by a beauty in his second over.

    But Jacks was the pick of the attack with his off-spin, conceding only 40 from his 10 overs.

    The teams now head west for the last two games of the series, in Bristol on Monday and Taunton on Wednesday.

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