Under-19 Tri-series, Malaysia February 3, 2007

Wakely leads England U-19 to victory

Cricinfo staff

England 250 for 7 (Wakely 108, Lyth 54) beat Sri Lanka 236 (Pathirana 57, Thirimanne 50) by 14 runs

A fine all-round display from Northamptonshire batsman Alex Wakely enabled England to continue their impressive form in Kuala Lumpur with a 14-run victory against Sri Lanka.

England had come unstuck against a strong Sri Lankan side in their first meeting but turned the tables this time. Wakely led the way with his 108, which included eight fours and three sixes, as England reached 250 for 7.

Adam Lyth and captain Greg Wood played important supporting roles to set a challenging target. Ben Wright sacrificed his wicket during a mix-up to allow Wakely to continue his innings.

Wakely's memorable day continued with two wickets, but Sri Lanka kept up with the required rate throughout the chase and entering the final ten overs were slight favourites, needing 48 with five wickets in hand. However, England produced some outstanding fielding as the last half of the batting went for 33 runs.

England have now won three out of four matches and their next clash is against Malaysia on Monday.

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