Friday, January 27th, 2023


Worcestershire batter, Jack Haynes, scored his second half-century of the game for England Lions on the final day of their three-day match with the Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo.

Haynes followed up his first innings 64 not out by making 51 from 71 balls to help inspire a recovery by the Lions.

He came to the wicket at 135-6 and quickly lost two partners as the Lions were reduced to 151-8.

But Haynes and Lancashire’s Josh Bohannon (50) came to the rescue with a ninth-wicket stand of 98 in 21 overs.

The duo eventually fell in the space of three balls to Sri Lankan pace bowler Isitha Wijesundera.

Haynes was last out with the total on 250 from 47.4 overs.

He struck five boundaries to give him a match aggregate of 115 runs for once out on his Lions debut and ideal preparation for the forthcoming two Tests on this tour.

The Board were set a 309 target with Worcestershire pace bowler Josh Tongue, who picked up three first-innings wickets, sharing the new ball.

He did not make a breakthrough in his first four-over spell but returned to dismiss Janith Liyanage for 42 to end a stand of 73 with Pasindu Sooriyabandara for the sixth wicket.

It was an all-Worcestershire dismissal, with Haynes taking the catch.

The Board XI were then 270-6 but reached their target without any more setbacks.

Tongue ended with figures of 9-2-46-1 and a match analysis of 17-4-68-4.