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ENGLAND U-19s: Sussex's Finch hits unbeaten century

12-Aug-2013

An unbeaten century by Sussex's Harry Finch steered England Under-19s home against Bangladesh Under-19s in Leicester.

Finch's innings helped the home side register its first win of the tri-series, also featuring the Pakistan Under-19 side.

It was slow going for England after Ryan Higgins was dismissed off the fifth ball of the chase, with no run on the board. They crossed fifty only in 18th over but with Finch at the crease, striking half-century partnerships with Haseeb Hameed and Will Rhodes, the target of 171 was always in sight. Finch got to his half-century in the 32nd over, but Rhodes' wicket in the 39th took the required rate up to five. James Tatterstall holed out three overs later, which meant England needed 42 off 47 balls. The well-set Finch struck five of his 12 fours, the last of which took him to a century before Miles Hammond completed the formalities.

Bangladesh, having chosen to bat, could not negotiate seamer Jack Winsdale, who removed Sadman Islam off his sixth ball and accounted for Shahriar Jummon and Mosaddek Hossain in successive overs to leave Bangladesh at 56 for 4 in 10 overs. With a healthy run rate as cushion, captain Mehedy Hassan and Joyraz Sheik were tasked with the recovery, adding 69 runs for the sixth wicket and they guided the team past the century-mark in the 19th over. The score had reached 130 when Tom Barber removed Mehedy in the 26th over. Joyraz fell eight runs later and Winsdale and Matthew Fisher cleaned up the tail, ending with 4 for 39 and 3 for 28 respectively.

Above: Sussex's Harry Finch is congratulated by ECB Lead Batting Coach Graham Thorpe following his century

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