England U-19s v Australia U-19s, Youth Test, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day August 6, 2015

Parkinson keeps England in touch

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia U-19s 446 and 91 for 3 (Jewell 38*) lead England U-19s 392 (Davies 73, Alsop 66, Holden 55, Richardson 5-75) by 145 runs
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Matthew Parkinson kept England in touch with two late wickets © Getty Images

On a grim day for his senior countrymen, Jhye Richardson provided a glimpse of a more promising future for Australia as his five-wicket haul cemented control of the first Under-19 Test at Chester-le-Street.

By the close, Australia had built on Richardson's figures of 5 for 75 to reach 91 for 3 in their second innings, a lead of 145 with Caleb Jewell unbeaten on 38 at the close.

Australia's position would have been all the more dominant had it not been for a late intercession from Matthew Parkinson, the Lancashire legspinner, who grabbed two lbws in his final two overs of the day, Jordan Gauci for 14 and Will Pucovski for 3, suckered by a last-ball googly.

Ben Green claimed England's other wicket of the day, that of Jonte Pattison, who was caught by Dan Lawrence for 28 to end an opening stand of 56.

Earlier, England's lower order had added 150 runs to their overnight 242 for 5, with Ryan Davies converting his overnight 42 to top-score with 73. Though he was the first wicket of the day, England's momentum was maintained by Parkinson, who presaged his late contribution with the ball to make a valuable 32 from 89 balls at No.10.

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