Fin impresses in England U19 World Cup Warm-Up

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Somerset’s Fin Trenouth was in excellent form for the England U19’s, smashing an impressive 73 from just 41 balls in a convincing 125-run win over Ireland in the opening warm-up game ahead of the Under-19 World Cup.

Hundreds for England’s captain Harry Brook and vice-captain Will Jacks formed the backbone of the England innings, with the duo reaching their landmarks off 94 and 91 balls respectively and retired not out, to ensure practice ahead of the tournament proper. Trenouth then made the most of the opportunity to plunder five boundaries and five sixes and take the score up to an intimidating 372-6.

In reply Ireland were always up against it and early wickets made their task even harder. They were dismissed on 247, with the wickets shared around, but they could take solace from a hundred for captain Jack Tector.

Earlier Tector had won the toss and put England in. They overcame the early loss of Somerset’s Tom Banton – caught well at second slip off the bowling of Joshua Little – to make serene progress on a flat batting track.

Ireland’s bowlers were struggling to maintain discipline and throughout the first 10 overs extras were often the highest scorer, despite some competition from Savin Perera who played some attractive shots to move on to 19.

His dismissal, caught mid-wicket with the score on 49, brought Brook and Jacks together and they were only to be separated after Brook had moved to his 100 and retired not out.

The pair complemented each other well and their partnership had reached 179 when Brook reached three figures and left the fray, giving Warwickshire’s Liam Banks a chance to impress. Jacks was soon to follow with a hundred of his own and that enabled Trenouth to tee off. He arrived at the crease at the end of the 40th over and his contribution of 73 enabled England to take 97 from the final 10 of the innings.

England’s opening bowlers ran in hard and shared three wickets across the opening 10 overs, effectively ending the game as a contest.

There were three wickets for Hampshire’s Tom Scriven, two for Middlesex leg-spinner Luke Hollman and one apiece for Jacks – with his off-spin – and Brook – with his medium-pace – but England were unable to maintain the intensity and threat of their early overs with the ball.

That saw Tector make a well-deserved century of his own – bringing it up with a six over cover – but a flurry of late wickets saw his side dismissed for 247.

England face Sri Lanka on Thursday in their second warm-up before moving to Queenstown to kick off their tournament against Namibia on Monday January 15.

England: Savin Perera, Tom Banton, Harry Brook (c), Will Jacks, Liam Banks, Fin Trenouth, Jack Davies (wk), Tom Scriven, Luke Hollman, Ethan Bamber, Dillon Pennington, Adam Finch

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