England victory keeps series in balance
England Under-19s 195 for 8 (Kelsall 43, Naeem 3-31) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 167 (Masud 38*, Hutton 3-34) by 28 runs
England Under-19s kept their series hopes alive with a 28-run victory in the fifth game of their seven-match series against Bangladesh Under-19s, in Sylhet. Bangladesh still hold the advantage, despite failing to chase 196 for a victory that would have put them 4-1 up and out of sight.
Medium-pacers Brett Hutton and Adam Ball led the way with five wickets between them as Bangladesh lost their top six with just 79 on the board. No.7 Zakaria Masud attempted to forge an unlikely revival with a patient, unbeaten 38 but despite putting on a 35-run partnership - the highest of the innings - for the final wicket with Abu Jayed, Masud eventually ran out of partners. No other batsman reached 20, while Hutton was the pick of the England bowlers, taking 3 for 34 from his allocation.
After being put in on a slow wicket, opener Sam Kelsall top-scored with 43 as England reached 195 for 8 from their 50 overs. Kelsall departed with the score on 73 as England slipped to 85 for 4 but Ramanpreet Singh and Sam Woods rebuilt with a partnership of 54. Singh, who made 38, became Naeem Islam Jr's third wicket in the 42nd over but some late hitting from Craig Overton and Ball helped add 38 in 27 balls to pull England up to an ultimately defendable total.