England Lions v Sri Lanka A, 1st one-dayer, New Road August 12, 2011

Taylor hundred sets up Lions win

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England Lions 310 for 8 (Taylor 106, Bairstow 59) beat Sri Lanka A 213 (Thirimanne 61, Meaker 3-40) by 97 runs

James Taylor's 106 and a buccaneering 26-ball 59 from Jonny Bairstow set up England Lions' 97-run win over Sri Lanka A at New Road.

Having been inserted after losing the toss Taylor, who made 76 and 98 in the four-day fixture against the same opposition last week, ensured his side posted a tough target by anchoring the innings. Joe Root offered bright support initially with a boundary-studded 62 from 66 balls. On a day when his England batting rival Ravi Bopara made 7 against India, Taylor's century was excellently timed.

Though less expansive than Root - and later Bairstow - Taylor was still positive. He struck seven boundaries and a six in all, bringing up his century from 115 balls. His partnership with Bairstow, though, was the biggest entertainment of the day. Coming in with 9.1 overs left in the innings he bashed the ball to all parts.

In 26 deliveries he smashed four fours and four sixes getting to his half-century in 22 balls. After he was out with 15 balls left a flurry of wickets followed but the 311 set for victory always looked a difficult task.

Sri Lanka A weren't really up to the chase with only 21-year-old Lahiru Thirimanne, who has had a good tour so far, showing any resistance with the only half-century in the innings until he fell to Scott Borthwick's first delivery, a leg-break that beat his defences.

Steven Finn struck early, castling Dimuth Karunaratne in his second over, but it was Surrey's Stuart Meaker who took the most wickets with three. Borthwick's 10 overs of legspin yielded two wickets, and only cost 42 runs, his second scalp a lovely googly to remove Kanishka Alvitigala.

"I'm delighted to get my first win as captain under my belt and to get a century after getting so close last week in Scarborough was really pleasing," Taylor said. "I thought we played well today. We got a decent total and then put them under real pressure from start. It was a solid performance with bat and ball and we'll be looking to continue that on Sunday."

With only two more games to go, the tourists will have to fight back immediately.

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  • Nuwan on August 14, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    MY friend Lakino is not touch with the Domestic cricket recently.after the world cup 03day domestic competition kapu scored a hundred for NCC..after that sri lanka only played 20-20 competition in recently.Kapu Played Only one match .So how can u say his form & your statistics.????????.....Do you believe sri lanka selectors waste kapu Pushing 7 & 08 in national team My friend lakino ????????????

  • Samuel on August 13, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I wouldn't worry Finn - Jonesy's a well known troll. You should be able to tell that by the fact that he believes Australia supposedly have any depth... they'll need it, as they're soon to be number six in the world!

  • Finn on August 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I would wager that our Lions team could beat the lower ranked Test teams, how can you say there is no depth? Any one of these lads could easily slot into the England side and they wouldn't be in over their heads

  • Christopher on August 13, 2011, 11:16 GMT


    This England Lions team is more of a development side. Oldest player 22 Average age 21

    Pretty impressive performance, good to see another young spinner doing well.

  • Bryn on August 13, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    this is the two countries A sides? god i guess only teams like Australia and South Africa actually have any depth.

  • Neran on August 13, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    i gues they should ve gone with 2 spinners sachithra and prasanna both. done pretty well in the tests too. anyways @ dhakshika, mate kapugedera is in a real bad form right now. not much runs in idomestic season too. so why should selectors give him a chance. the rule in cricket is perform and earn the spot. i understand he was a good player but kapu hasnt scored more than 30 this whole first class season.

  • Nuwan on August 13, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    What sri lanka selectord doing.where is kapugedara??????..why he not selected even Sri Lank A team.what,s wrong with him.Don't waste this young talent.seleted waste him pushing No 07 or 8 in national team.Now he not selected even a A team.Pls anwer all the selectors.He shoul be captain in Sri lank A... Sri lanka cricket is going wrong to worse...dont be happen kapugedar like..Indika de seram, jeewantha kultunga..& talented many more in the Past

  • Garry on August 13, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Taylor was unlucky not to play in the third test. Might have been a good way to debut against a toothless Indian attack. Certainly in good form, the Poms might be trying the Aussie selectors way of waiting till they are out of form before picking them (just in this case anyway). Don't think Bopara is the future in test cricket. Not that England cricket team have much to worry about at the moment. They have a balanced side that is executing their plans really well.

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