England Under 19 v Sri Lanka Under 19, 1st Test, Shenley August 5, 2005

Chopra and Latouf extend lead

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England Under 19 199 for 5 (Chopra 68, Latouf 69*) lead Sri Lanka Under 19 285 for 9 by 315 runs
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Kevin Latouf and Varun Chopra both struck half-centuries during a useful partnership of 83, as they built a strong lead in the England Under 19 match against Sri Lanka. Chopra faced 93 balls in his innings of 68, and Latouf was equally brisk in his undefeated innings of 69. They will be disappointed to have lost five wickets, but their lead of 315 is already a dominating one.

Earlier, Sri Lanka could only add a further 10 runs to their overnight score of 285 for nine. Mark Footitt, from Nottinghamshire, was the leading wicket taker for England with four wickets, but proved expensive, conceding 67 runs in 19 overs. His scalps included the captain, Angelo Mathews, who was bowled for an impressive 80.

England might extend their lead briefly tomorrow morning, but will need to give themselves enough time to bowl Sri Lanka out, if they are to win.

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