Ben Green helps England U19 to draw with Australia
Somerset youngster Ben Green played a significant part with the ball in England Under 19′s test match draw with Australia at Emirates Durham ICG.
After four days of high quality cricket the spoils were shared in the North East despite some excellent individual performances.
Having won the toss Australia batted first and made 446 all out with the 17 year old from Devon taking three for 72 from 15.5 overs. In reply England made 392 all out.
Australia declared on 253 for six second time around with Green claiming three for 65 from 20 overs but as the final day drew to a close England couldn’t quite reach the required total and finished on 186 for three as the match ended in a draw.
After the match England Coach Andy Hurry praised the resilience shown by his players in securing the draw, and ending the game so strongly, after conceding a first-innings total of 446. “Over the four days we’ve really stretched the players from both sides,” he said. “It’s been highly competitive, and I think the ebbs and flows of the game have really put our boys under pressure. Australia got off so well on the first day.
“Getting over 400 on the board required us to start our first innings with some real composure and the ability to absorb pressure. We got that fantastic opening partnership of 95 and that really set up the rest of our innings, and it pleased me that we had a lot of contributions with bat and ball.”