Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

More Success Behind The Stumps For Clarke As Lions Share Spoils

Joe Clarke enjoyed more success behind the stumps for England Lions on the final day of the drawn three-day warm-up match with a Sri Lanka Board President's X1 in Moratuwa.

But the Worcestershire batsman was dismissed for 10 for the second time in the game which ended in a draw.

Clarke added to his three first innings catches by holding onto three more chances and also the tidy stumping Dilan Jayalath off the bowling of Ollie Rayner.

The 20-year-old had the chance to keep wicket after Ben Foakes was ruled out with a back problem ahead of the two four-day matches with Sri Lanka 'A'.

The President's X1 resumed on 182-4 in their second innings – a lead of 56 – and were finally bowled out for 324.

That left the Lions a victory target of 199 and they reached 171-6 before lightning and heavy rain brought an end to proceedings.

Openers Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed (39) – who both made their full Test debuts this winter – put on 51. 

Jennnings retired out on 49 and Nick Gubbins made an unbeaten 52.

Clarke moved up two places to number five but was caught behind off slow left armer Pushpakumarg.