England youngsters edged out in World Cup thriller

Rob Sayer, seen batting for Peterborough Town, starred with the ball in England U19's defeat to Sri Lanka

Rob Sayer, seen batting for Peterborough Town, starred with the ball in England U19's defeat to Sri Lanka

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England Under-19s were on the wrong end of a one-wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in their second World Cup group game on Sunday.

At the Dubai International Stadium, England’s total of 230-9 was chased down with seven balls to spare as the Sri Lankans recovered from 160-7.

Leicestershire’s Rob Sayer, who used to play for Peterborough Town in the NCL, was the pick of the attack as he took 2-33 from his 10 overs of off-spin.

Earlier in the day, Jonathan Tattersall top scored with 95 but Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett missed the game.

Next up for England in Group D is a clash with New Zealand tomorrow (Tuesday).