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New record for GM England Under 19 player

5th April 2012 12:27, in Cricket News

Gunn & Moore’s Daniel Bell-Drummond hit an unbeaten century to become the most prolific one-day batsman in England Under-19s history as the young Lions beat Australia by three wickets.

Gunn & Moore’s Daniel Bell-Drummond hit an unbeaten century to become the most prolific one-day batsman in England Under-19s history as the young Lions beat Australia by three wickets.

The Kent opener hit a wonderful 103 – his first ton for the Under-19s – to guide England to victory with 15 deliveries remaining in the opening game of the Quadrangular Series.

In chasing down 204, England landed a huge psychological blow ahead of the Under-19 World Cup, where they will meet Australia in the first game.

The tourists did it the hard way, however, and it needed something special from Bell-Drummond, who has now scored 794 runs in Under-19 ODIs – 83 more than Billy Godleman who is second on the list.

The tourists, having lost Sam Kelsall early on, found themselves in trouble when Ben Foakes and Shiv Thakor fell in consecutive deliveries to leave them 46 for three.

Fortunately for England, Bell-Drummond found an ally in Jamie Overton and the pair put on 68 to stabilise the chase.

The quick departures of Overton and Aneesh Kapil, which left England 118 for five, changed the game once more but Sam Wood and captain Adam Ball chipped in with 19 apiece.

They both fell as nerves began to fray, but the composed Bell-Drummond and Ramanpreet Singh kept their heads to complete the victory.

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