England Under 19 v Sri Lanka Under 19, 1st Test, Shenley August 3, 2005

Mathews defies England attack

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Under 19 285 for 9 (Mathews 74*, Footitt 3-61) trail England Under 19 411 (James 78, Ali 74, Smith 61*, Denly 57, Pathirana 6-125) by 126 runs

The Sri Lanka Under 19 captain Angelo Mathews kept the England Under 19 attack at bay on the second day at Shenley but the home team remain in control. Mathews faced 145 balls for his unbeaten 74 as his team mates wasted some decent starts. England had earlier edged past 400 after Tom Smith, 60 overnight, added only a single to his score.

Sachith Pathirana ended with 6 for 125, worthy reward for 40 overs of hard work on a good batting strip. But England's 411 took on even greater proportions when Sachithra Serasinghe fell for a first-ball duck - caught off the bowling of Mark Footitt, who was the pick of England's attack.

Footitt, a seamer from Nottinghamshire, who took 4 for 45 on his Championship debut against Glamorgan, also claimed Dilhan Cooray and Lahiru Peiris. Smith added two wickets to his 61 runs and Adam Harrison also claimed a brace. England will aim to finish off Sri Lanka early on the third day and the build a commanding lead.