WEST INDIES TRI NATION SERIES
Sri Lanka defeated England by a comprehensive 77 runs in the final of the West Indies Tri Nation Series at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua on Saturday. Having lost the formal match a day ago to England, the Sri Lankans produced a fine all-round performance with the bowlers outfoxing the English on a slow surface.
Sri Lanka, batting first posted 265 for 9 and bowled out England for 188. It was a brilliant performance by the Sri Lankans with openers Navod Paranavithana striking 108 and Kamil Mishara 69 in a 124-run alliance in 25 overs got their side of to the ideal start. Paranavitha made 20. The hero of the day Paranavithana, who was adjudged Player of the final, added a further 65 with Ravindu Rasantha who made 20.
England caved in against Sri Lanka’s concentrated pace-spin attack with Kavindu Nadeeshan claiming 3 for 43 backed by 2 wickets apiece by Ahan Daniel, Paranavithana and Sadeera Thilakaratne.
Sri Lanka U19 269/9 (50 Overs) Run rate: 5.3
(N.D. Paranavithana 108, M. Mishara 69, A. Wickramasinghe 25,R. Rasantha 20, G.P. Balderson 4/55, B.C. Cullen 3/43)
England U19 188 All out (43.1 Overs) Run rate: 4.35
(J.M. Cox 77, J.A. Haynes 32, L.P. Goldsworthy 31, J.D.M. Evison 25, K. Nadeeshan 3/43, A. Daniel 2/25, D.S. Thilakaratne 2/31, N.D. Paranavithana 2/45)
England U19 – Ben Charlesworth, Tom Clark, Jordan Cox(wk), Jack Haynes, Lewis Goldsworthy, Joey, Evison, Dan Mousley, George Balderson(c), Kasey Aldridge, Blake Cullen, Hamidullah Qadri
Sri Lanka U19 – Nipun Dananjaya(c), Kamil Mishara(wk), Navod Paranavithana, Ravindu De Silva, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Sonal Dinusha, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Dilum Sadeera Thilakaratne, Ashen Daniel, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Amshi de Silva
By Srian Obeyesekere
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