England U19 v India U19, Test 2, 24-27 Aug 1994

England U19 v India U19, Test 2, 24-27 Aug 1994

Post by S. Badrinarayan » Wed, 31 Aug 1994 06:19:59

Under 19 International, England v India, Test 2
Headingley, 24, 25, 26, 27 August 1994

====> Day 1, 24 Aug 1994

Two  years  ago  at  Headingley  the  Under-19  Sri  Lankans  had
England`s first three wickets down for one run. Without emulating
this, the Indians could feel reasonably pleased with taking seven
England  wickets  for  204 after putting them into bat in a day`s
play interrupted by rain and bad light.  The wicket was described
by India`s manager, Sandeep Patil, as the best he had seen on the
tour and India`s seamers had first  use of  the  track.    Marcus
Trescothick, currently averaging 47.58 for Somerset, scored quck-
ly before lofting Iqbal Siddiqui to backward point. This  brought
in  the  Test  debutant, Anurag Singh, with two centuries already
against the  Indians.  After surviving  two  lbws  he   succumbed
without   playing  a  shot.  Nevertheless,  as the best schoolboy
batsman of the year, he has now had his baptism of fire  at  this
level.   Talking  of levels,  his grades of A, A, B ought to have
Cambridge interested in him reading law this October.  Meanwhile,
the  captain, Michael Vaughan, drove and square cut his way to 77
with  12  boundaries,  emulated  in  some  measure    by  fellow-
Yorkshireman Chris Schofield.

====> Day 2, 25 Aug 1994

This youth Test at halfway has all the makings of a dour struggle
for  first-innings  lead  with India closing yesterday at 150 for
two in reply to England`s 348. Wicketkeepers, who bat at No 8 and
can  make  a century, as did England`s Ismail Dawood, are a valu-
able asset. India conceded their overnight advantage as 129  runs
were  added  before  lunch  with  Dawood and Gary Keedy setting a
ninth-wicket record of 119. On  a wicket  which  played   easily,
India`s   reply  was  led  by Tarun Kumar, who hit 16 runs in the
first over. England lost the services of Kevin Innes through  in-
jury after one ball but Steven Lugsden and Melvyn Betts generated
some pace.

====> Day 3, 26 Aug 1994
Singh maintains his momentum - Gerald Howat

India, one up in the three-match  series  against  England,  were
content  to bat throughout the day yesterday at Headingley at the
rate of 2.40 runs an over. They finished on 393 for six, a   lead
of  45  runs.   After losing three early wickets - two of them to
Melvin Betts in his first six balls - India slowly advanced to  a
first-innings   lead   by   late   afternoon.  Jitender Singh has
been batting for 10 and a  quarter  hours  adding  110   to   his
overnight score  of  51.   He has a fine off drive - seen in some
of his 20 boundaries - but both he and Milap Mewada  participated
in  a   long  drawn-out   war  of attrition on a docile wicket in
which Michael Vaughan employed eight bowlers.   Mewada,  in  fine
form  in  recent matches,  took three  hours  over  his  33. Alex
Morris  had  some  success  and  Gary  Keedy,  as   always,   was

====> Day 4, 27 Aug 1994
Trescothick races to hundred in vain - Gerald Howat

Marcus Trescothick, of Somerset, will play better innings in more
serious circumstances, but few will be as carefree as the century
he scored in the  closing  stages  of  the  drawn Under-19   Test
against  India  at Headingley on Saturday.  The match took a long
time to die  as  India`s  first  innings marched  inexorably   on
throughout   the   fourth   morning.  Jitender Singh finally went
for 172 in 636 minutes and Sridharan  Sriram  almost   apologeti-
cally  reached  his half-century in three hours.  It is difficult
to find anything positive in India`s approach, other  than  their
desire  to cling to their 1-0 lead in the series.  A faster scor-
ing rate on Friday might have opened up the prospect of  an   in-
teresting last day.   Trescothick and Michael Vaughan immediately
more  than  doubled the scoring rate  in  the  half  hour  before
lunch,  Trescothick racing  to  his  140, which included 20 fours
and three sixes, in 109 balls.  Two younger players, Anurag Singh
and   Alex  Morris, gained  confidence and experience in the mid-
dle. Morris is a tall and elegant left-hander  who   struck  hard
and   straight   in  his half-century.  After taking three for 44
as well, this  Yorkshire man looks  a  good  all-round  prospect.
England  declared at 294 for six,  163  ahead, and India, who had
used 10 bowlers, declined to bat in the final half hour.

Thanks Daily Telegraph, John Hall, cricinfo database.