Wednesday, February 15th, 2023


Worcestershire batter Jack Haynes helped lay the foundations for England Lions four-wicket win over Sri Lanka A in the opening ODI in Colombo.

Haynes was part of an opening stand of 69 in just 11.1 overs with Jacob Bethell as the Lions pursued a 231 target.

He had been added to the squad for the white ball leg of the tour along with Worcestershire team-mate Josh Tongue after both had made their Lions debut in the two-match Test series.

Haynes returned to the opening role he had operated in for Worcestershire Rapids in three matches in the Vitality Blast in 2020 and two in 2021.

He struck successive boundaries off Pramod Madushan in the fifth over and collected another two in the ninth over, bowled by Chamika Karunaratne.

The initial ten over powerplay yielded 64 runs to put the Lions well ahead of the required scoring rate.

Haynes made 25 from 28 balls before slow left-armer Praveen Jayawickrama bowled him.

Bethell was eventually dismissed for 50, and then Sam Hain (54) and Jordan Cox (46) ensured victory was completed with 9.4 overs to spare.

Haynes had earlier taken two catches, including Sahan Arachchige (57) off the bowling of Saqib Mahmood, as Sri Lanka recovered from 25-4 to reach 230 all out in 45.1 overs after choosing to bat.

Mahmood finished with figures of 3-27 from 7.1 overs.
The second game in the best-of-three series will take place on Saturday (February 18), also in Colombo.