Sri Lanka U-19 take control
Sri Lanka U-19 ended a rain-shorted opening day to the second Test in a strong position
England U19 144 for 7 (Harmison 35*, Smith 4*) v Sri Lanka U19
Sri Lanka ended a rain-shortened opening day to the second Test in a strong position thanks to the efforts of Shalika Karunanayake, a seamer from Kurunegala, who took 4 for 31, leaving England tottering 144 for 7. Only 39.3 overs were possible at Scarborough but, following their first Test defeat at Shenley, Sri Lanka will be delighted with their position.
Karunanayake's spell reduced England from a promising 112 for 3 to 126 for 7, and included three wickets in an over as he ran through the middle order. Kevin Latouf and Ben Harmison had staged a partial recovery following a top-order wobble after they had been put into bat. Latouf's 61 came from 67 balls and included nine boundaries, while Harmison is unbeaten at the close, with much resting on his shoulders.
England's tail, which made some crucial runs at Shenley, will need to be at their best on the second day. Tom Smith is a capable batsmen but Adam Harrison and Mark Footitt also have an important part to play in offering support to Harmison.