Eng U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19, Headingley, 2nd day August 16, 2005

England U19 cruise to commanding lead

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England U19 298 (Harmison 57, Chopra 50, Ali 52) and 203 for 4 (Chopra 46, Thompson 60, Latouf 56) v Sri Lanka

England U19 continued to be the dominant force in this Test series as they cemented a strong position on the second day of the final match at Headingley.

After reaching 298 yesterday, they bowled Sri Lanka U19 out for 155, before reaching 203 for 4 in their second innings. This gives them a commanding second-innings lead of 346 with six wickets remaining.

The opening attack of Mark Footitt and Tom Smith took five wickets among them to reduce Sri Lanka to 99 for 5. Ben Harmison took the next wicket, then Mooen Ali added to his first-innings fifty by tearing through the tail to take 4 for 29.

Varun Chopra and Chris Thompson, who was promoted to opener, gave the home side a strong platform, putting on 94 for the first wicket, with Chopra just missing out on a second fifty this match. He made 46. Thompson went on to strike 60 and there was a half-century, too, for Kevin Latouf.