Peiris and Rajapaksa crush England U19s
Sri Lanka U-19s 109 for 1 (Rajapaksa 54*) beat England U-19s 107 by nine wickets
England's Under-19 cricketers were taught a lesson in big-hitting in the first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street, as they were thrashed by nine wickets with more than six overs of the contest to spare.
Chasing a meagre total of 108, after Chathura Peiris had claimed 3 for 20 in a consistently dominant bowling display, Sri Lanka were given a flying start by their opener Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who cracked three fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 54 from 29 balls.
He was ably supported by his opening partner, Ramith Rambukwella, who made 36 from 30 balls before falling in the eighth over to Adam Ball, but with 75 already on the board by then, the rest of the innings was a formality. Aside from one four and one six, Yasoda Lanka was required to make four runs from his remaining 21 balls as Sri Lanka strolled over the line.
Despite their impressive series-levelling victory in last week's Test encounter at Scarborough, England never really got going after winning the toss and batting first. Peiris claimed the opener, Luke Wells, with the sixth ball of the match, and though Jack Manuel responded with some spirited hitting in a 12-ball 23, he was gone before the end of the fourth over.
By the halfway mark of the innings, England were already five-down, and facing a struggle. The wicketkeeper, Adam Rossington, ran hard between the wickets for a run-a-ball 22, but when England were bowled out with nine balls of their innings still to go, their total never look like being enough.