Australia v Sri Lanka U19s 3-Day

SL cling on for draw in U19 series-opener

Australia's Under-19s push hard on final day but finish three wickets short of victory in first match of six-game series

Cricket Network

10 April 2017, 05:02 PM AEST

Extended highlights: Sri Lanka U19s hang on

Australia Under-19s have been denied victory despite a valiant final-day bowling effort in their series-opening match against Sri Lanka U19s at Kingston's Twin Ovals.

Setting the visitors 268 to win from nearly two sessions, Australia made steady inroads but fell three wickets short of a win in the only red-ball match of the six-game series in Hobart. 

Fast-bowler Ryan Hadley did best for the hosts, picking up 4-41 from 12 overs to take his match haul to 5-72.

Hadley leads charge with four scalps

Sri Lanka resumed the day still batting in their first-innings, with No.10 Nipun Ransika (31) dominating a frustrating final-wicket stand of 35 to take their side to 184 all out, after starting the day at 9-149.

Australian fast bowler Zak Evans finished with figures 4-61, including the final wicket of Ransika.

In reply, the hosts batted aggressively through the morning session and a handful of overs after lunch in an attempt to push for victory.

Openers Matt Spoors (33) and Ryan Hackney (27) combined for a 61-run partnership, before a late cameo of 23 from captain Will Sutherland allowed the Australians to declare at 8-142 after 30 overs.

Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama bowled brilliantly for Sri Lanka, claiming 6-40 off nine overs.

Still needing 190 runs to win at tea, a win looked out of reach for the visitors but Australia kept their hopes alive by reducing Sri Lanka to 3-78 at the break.

And while Hadley led the charge, Nipun Sumanasinghe (31 not out) kept the Australia young guns at bay as the tourists finished on 7-201.

Allrounder Jack Edwards was named Player of the Match for his first innings century, which alongside a ton from Jonathan Merlo allowed the hosts to control the running of the game after a first innings of 6-309 declared.

The two teams' attentions now shift to limited-overs cricket, with the first of five 50-over clashes getting underway at the same venue on Thursday.