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Lewis impresses in England U19 defeat

Lewis Goldsworthy was the standout performer as England Young Lions began their tri-series with a five-wicket defeat to India Under-19s at Blackfinch New Road.

Lewis top scored with 58 and showed impressive resolve as wickets fell around him before the hosts were bowled out for 204.

Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal paced India’s response with 78 and while the Young Lions’ bowlers continued to plug away the reigning Under-19s world champions claimed a first-up win in the tri-series.

The Young Lions will get an immediate chance to bounce back when they host Bangladesh Under-19s at New Road on Monday.

“It was the first game and we didn’t know a lot about the opposition today,” Goldsworthy said at the end of the match. “We got off to a good start but started to lose a lot of wickets quite quickly. Hopefully tomorrow we can make that right.”

Goldsworthy was pleased to get runs at the start of series, during which each team will play eight games before the final at Hove on August 11.

“It’s always nice to get runs in the first game of a series,” he said. “There were wickets falling around me and I just tried to stay there. One of my strengths is gluing an innings together.

“It was a bit disappointing not to go on and get an 80 or 90, but it was nice to get a few runs under my belt.”

Kasey Aldridge also featured in the match, taking one for 47 from his seven overs.

The ICC Under-19s World Cup will be staged in South Africa from January next year with all of the current England Young Lions squad eligible to play in the tournament.

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