Back to top




SL cling on for draw in U19 series-opener

10 April 2017


Cricket Network

Cricket Network

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

Australia v Sri Lanka U19s 3-Day, Three-Day Match


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.


The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.