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England Under 19s visit township

Somerset’s Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby and Fin Trenouth were part of the England Under-19s squad that enjoyed an unforgettable day at a South African township this week.

The squad travelled to the outskirts of Potchefstroom, their base for a Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia, and organised an afternoon of games for local children.

Tom Banton and Fin even made their shirts available as prizes for a catching competition, and all the children were provided with tickets for a T20 match between Highveld Lions and Warriors on Friday night – which the England players will also attend.

Before then they have the last qualifying match in the Tri-Series against South Africa.

The players were also back in action yesterday (Wednesday) and notched up another comfortable victory over Namibia to remain top of the table in the Under 19 Tri-Nation series.

Namibia won the toss and opted to field first in this 42 overs aside contest.

Tom Banton opened the innings and hit 21 off 19 balls before he was out in the seventh over which made the score 35 for two.

Another wicket fell off the next ball meaning that Fin came into face the hat-trick ball- which he thankfully survived. He helped to add 62 with Will Jacks before the Under 19 captain was out for 20 with the total on 98.

He saw up three figures but after moving onto 42 off 40 balls he was out with the score 105 for five off 19.4 overs.

Tom Scriven and Prem Sisodiya then added 125 for the sixth wicket before the latter was out for 63 while Scriven remained at the wicket until the close of the innings, by which time England had moved onto 269 for six and he was unbeaten on 88.

Namibia were never really in the hunt and in the end were bowled out for 139 in 34 overs, Tom Banton, who kept wicket, claimed one catch to give England victory by 130 runs.

Tom Lammonby was rested for this match.

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