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August 12, 2005
England U19 294 and 280 (Chopra 64, James 51) beat Sri Lanka U19 227 and 164 (Herath 45, Harrison 4 for 16) by 183 runs
Mark Footitt and Adam Harrison both recorded career-best figures to help England beat Sri Lanka, on the fourth day at Scarborough.
England resumed their second innings on 261 for 7, with Nicholas James well set on 50. But they were only able to add a further 19 runs, collapsing to 280 all out. Sachithra Serasinghe took the key wicket of James, whose brisk innings yesterday evening was the third-highest of England's innings. Chathupama Gunasinghe took Adam Harrison's wicket to end England's hopes of extending their lead any further. Gunasinghe ended with figures of 5 for 70.
Despite their collapse, Sri Lanka's target of 347 was always likely to prove tricky, especially considering that this was a fourth day pitch. England's young bowlers were excellent, removing three of Sri Lanka's top-four batsman before they had 15 on the board. Mark Footitt, who bats right-handed but bowls left-arm pace, was particularly impressive as he dismissed both the openers, de Zoysa and and Serasinghe. Notably, two of his victims were bowled, and a third dismissed leg-before which is an encouraging sign for the young bowler.
Backed up superbly by Harrison, England's bowlers threatened to run through Sri Lanka's line up before they could reach their century. However, their lower-order once again fought hard to deny England's bowlers. Ashan Peiris, with 40 and Chatura Herath, with 45 from 81 balls, prevented a rout with some intelligent batting. They were only delaying the inevitable, however, and were dismissed in the 59th over for just 164.
Adam Harrison ended with the remarkably economical figures of 4 for 16 from 11.2 overs, as England romped home by 183 runs.
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