Lewis Goldsworthy scored his second half-century in as many days for England U19s, but again ended on the losing side at Blackfinch New Road, this time against Bangladesh U19.
The Somerset Academy star found himself at the crease in the 13th over during a spell in which England lost six wickets for 38 runs in 16 overs.
He survived the collapse and found an excellent partner in Somerset teammate Kasey Aldridge, with the pair putting on 111 for the seventh wicket. Both batsmen passed 50 during the stand, with Aldridge bowled in the final over to give Tanzim Hasan Sakib his fourth wicket of the innings.
England took three wickets in the first 15 overs of Bangladesh’s innings as they chased 201, but the tourists’ run-rate remained high with the Bangladesh batsmen able to find the gaps in the field that England couldn’t.
Aldridge added two wickets to his 58 runs with one each for Nick Kimber and Jack Morley, but Bangladesh reached their target with 12 overs to spare for the loss of four wickets.
George Hill (today’s captain): “We didn’t get enough runs to start with, that was the main thing. On a pitch that was a bit slow and unresponsive, 200 wasn’t enough; 250 would have put us really in the game.
“It was a great partnership [between Goldsworthy and Aldridge] – to get from 87/6 to 200/7 was an excellent effort from those two. They showed their class and maturity to take the time to build a partnership and accelerate on at the end.
“I don’t think we bowled particularly badly, but their batters were just more clinical than we were. They rotated the strike, especially against the spin, a lot more effectively than we did. The pitch didn’t suit us, with our bowlers liking to target the short ball – with the pitch being quite slow they rode it easily and it became quite easy for them.”