Sales makes his mark as England Under-19s get Sri Lanka series off to winning start

James Sales made an instant impact on his international debut as he helped England Under-19s to a 25-run win over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international of their five-match series in Colombo on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 12:08 pm
Northamptonshire youngster James Sales

The Northamptonshire youngster helped rescue the England innings with the bat.

The tourists were rocking at 178 for six when Sales walked to the crease, and he kept his cool to hit a crucial unbeaten 28 from 40 balls to help steer Richard Dawson's side to a competitive 242 all out in 49.3 overs.

And that proved to be too many for Sri Lanka, who were bowled out for 217 in reply, with Sales bowling four wicketless overs for 16 runs.

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The home side buckled under the pressure as they slumped from 216 for six, losing their final four wickets for just one run.

Top performer with the ball for England was Joshua Boyden who claimed three for 27 - all three of his wickets claimed in the 47th over - while Josh Baker, Tom Prest and Rehan Ahmed all took two wickets apiece.

With the bat, William Luxton hit 44 and James Rew 40.

England now take a 1-0 lead into the second match of the series which again takes place in Colombo on Friday (Dec 3).