England U-19s v New Zealand U-19s, 2nd Test, Worcester, 2nd day August 2, 2008

Smith leads England's reply

Cricinfo staff

England U-19 278 for 5 (Smith 104*, Hales 52) trail New Zealand U-19 (Worker 96, Williamson 75, Morgan 81, Dawson 5-74) by 94 runs

Just as one G Smith was frustrating England with a century on Sunday, another one was frustrating New Zealand for junior England on the second day of the Under-19 Test at Worcester. The visitors finally closed on 371, Greg Morgan ending with 81, his dismissal bringing up five wickets for Liam Dawson before Greg Smith built a decent response to leave his side on 278 for 5.

He was unbeaten on 104 at stumps, his innings coming from 198 balls so far over the course of three hours 20 minutes. The opener Alex Hales made 52 earlier, while wickets were shared around the New Zealand attack.

The biggest stand of the day was between Smith and Dawson who had added 98 together when Dawson was run out on 43 to end what had been a useful day for him. New Zealand are well placed, though, with England still trailing by 94 runs.