Washout puts Sri Lanka in final
Sri Lanka U-19s 227 (Mendis 52, Curran 4-52) England U-19s 41 for 2 - Match abandoned
England's participation in the Tri-Nation Under-19s tournament was ended by rain and bad light in Colombo, leaving them without a win in four matches. Sri Lanka, who were in pole position to go through due to their superior run rate, will now take on India in Monday's final.
Surrey 17-year-old Sam Curran shone before the gloom set in, taking 4 for 52 - including three wickets off the last four balls of the innings - as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 227. Kamindu Mendis top-scored with 52 before and Vishad Randika cracked 34 off 34 balls from No. 8 to ensure a competitive total after the match was reduced to 45 overs a side.
The task for England was even steeper, needing to reach their target in 28 overs to overhaul Sri Lanka in the table. They had lost opener Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham to be 41 for 2 after ten overs when the elements had the final say.
England nevertheless gained valuable subcontinental experience ahead of the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, which begins next month.
"It is really disappointing to come away without having won a game, but we've gained so much from our time out here with the World Cup in Bangladesh in mind," England's coach, Andy Hurry, told the ECB website.
"From an acclimatisation perspective we've had some time in challenging conditions, and exposed ourselves to a different culture. From a cricket perspective we've spent a lot of time on our skills and seen some real progress."