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England Lions vs Sri Lanka A

Match info: Triangular A Team Series in England 2014 at New Road, Worcester

Date: 11th Aug 2014 Umpires: R T Robinson and A G Wharf

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

England Lions

285/3 (46.3 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka A

283/6 (50.0 Overs)

England Lions win by 7 wickets

  • Last Updated: August 11 2014, 19:18 BST

England Lions will face New Zealand 'A' at New Road on Tuesday to decide the winners of the Royal London One-Day Series after the host nation thrashed Sri Lanka A by seven wickets at the same venue.

Ravi Bopara: Scored 106 for England Lions
Ravi Bopara: Scored 106 for England Lions

Ravi Bopara scored 106 at Worcester while James Taylor finished unbeaten on 103 as the hosts chased down their opponents' total of 283 with 21 balls remaining.

Earlier Steven Finn had also given his hopes of a Test recall a boost with four wickets, including the scalps of both Sri Lanka's openers within the first 10 overs.

England won the toss and chose to field, which looked a wise decision when Finn dismissed Mahela Udawatte (four) in the third over and Danushka Gunathilaka (nine) in the seventh.

Dinesh Chandimal entered the crease with the score 16 for two but the 24-year-old hauled his team back into contention with a superb unbeaten 119 in 127 balls.

Sri Lanka's number three was ably supported by Ashan Priyanjan, who made 42 before being caught behind off Bopara (one for 29).

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (46) played a sensible innings too but he also fell just short of his half century when he was caught by James Vince off Craig Overton (one for 60).

Chaturanga de Silva (21) and Seekkuge Prasanna (26) added some late runs down the order but both were dismissed by Finn as Sri Lanka closed on 283 for six after 50 overs.

England's response got off to a solid start as Vince (32) and Alex Hales (24) saw off the early running but both fell in quick succession to Prasanna (three for 42).

Sri Lanka were given hope at 66 for two but Bopara and Taylor steered the contest away from their opponents with two excellent centuries.

Bopara was eventually stumped by Chandimal off Prasanna but the game was already won and it was left to Taylor and Jason Roy (12 not out) to see the home side over the line.

Bopara said: "It was a nice performance by the boys. "We took New Zealand really close as well on Friday but just faltered at the start and lost four wickets for 40 runs, which cost us the game.

"Here we made sure. I don't think 280 in 50 overs is enough. It's like chasing 230-240 in the old days.

"We backed ourselves. We had wickets in hand going into the last 20 overs and then we should win quite easily.

"I think with the two new balls in 50-over cricket it is a bit more difficult up front compared to when it was just the one ball throughout the innings.

"The best thing about it is you've now got the two hard balls when you face the spinners and you can get the boundaries - especially with an extra man having to be up."