George Bartlett impresses for England Under 19′s

George Bartlett England

Somerset youngster George Bartlett impressed with the bat today as England dominated the Under 19 Test Match against their Sri Lankan counterparts at Cambridge.

England won the toss and elected to bat but lost captain Max Holden with just 20 runs on the board.

George Hankins was then out for 28 to leave England on 85 for two.  This brought Bartlett to the crease and he and Ollie Westbury both made centuries in an impressive partnership of 231.

Bartlett went on to make 131 from 152 balls and his innings included 13 fours and two sixes.

At the close of play England had reached 355 for four.

Following his innings George said: “I fought hard early on and as the ball got a bit older the boundaries came a bit easier and it became easier to build our partnership. It’s a shame I couldn’t build an even bigger score off the back of that hundred but we’ve built a great platform for the team to go on and get a great score.  Today has been surreal.  Playing cricket for your country is what you dream of and to get a hundred has topped it off.”

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard was delighted by George’s performance.  “Everyone connected with the County is thrilled for George,” he said.  “He is a young man with a bright future ahead of him in the game.  He has performed well for the Second XI throughout the year and has always acquitted himself well when called upon by England.  It’s great that he has been able to show what he can do on the international stage.”

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