Sri Lanka power to 199-run win
Sri Lanka U19s 287 and 367 for 9 dec. (Rajapaksa 97, Peiris 66, Root 3-20) beat England U19s 286 and 169 (Manuel 39, de Mel 4-49, Rajaguru 3-51) by 199 runs
These two teams had matched each other almost perfectly over the first three days at Northampton, but Sri Lanka finally took a decisive upper hand on the fourth afternoon as fast bowler Sanitha de Mel and legspinner Nadeera Rajaguru combined to demolish England's top order and derail the hosts' pursuit of an unlikely 369 in their second innings.
England's disappointing showing with the bat had been foreshadowed by their struggles with the ball in the morning as some stubborn lower-order resistance allowed the Sri Lankans to declare at 367 for 9. Wicketkeeper Denuwan Rajakaruna (45) and Chathura Peiris (66) combined in a 102-run stand for the seventh wicket that tilted the match firmly towards the visitors.
De Mel then dispatched Daniel Bell-Drummond and Lewis Gregory in his opening spell, and after the Sri Lankan bowlers made early inroads England were reduced to 75 for 5 just after tea. Jack Manuel (39) and Azeem Rafiq (16) steadied England and for a time it looked like a draw might be possible. But Manuel was out with an hour of play left and despite the best efforts of Jacob Ball and Atif Sheikh, England were dismissed for 169 in the 63rd over.
Both teams will travel to Scarborough for the final Test in the two match series which begins on Tuesday.