England U19s lose series but make a difference off the field

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England Under 19s tied their fifth and final one-day match in Mumbai which meant that India won the series 3-1.

In the final game, after being put into bat first, England posted 226 for 9 from their 50 overs.

Somerset’s Tom Banton opened the innings and hit 16 off 17 balls.  During his innings Banton added 21 with Somerset colleague George Bartlett who went on to make 47 off 59 balls with five fours and two sixes.

India in reply were all out for 226 off the last ball of the innings and Banton, who played in the outfield rather than behind the stumps, claimed two catches.

England now meet India in two Under 19 Test Matches at Nagpur, the first  starting on February 13th and the second on February 21st.

On one of the days that they weren’t playing cricket Somerset’s Tom Banton. George Bartlett and Louie Shaw were amongst those who spent a day visiting a group of under privileged children in Mumbai.

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During their visit the England Under 19s had the chance to play cricket with their hosts and also distribute some kit, which was very warmly received.

Louie Shaw said afterwards: “The visit was a great experience for us all. We played cricket with them at four different stations: fielding, batting, catching and bowling and they all got a go on each.  Then at the end we played a big match.

“Their passion for the game was amazing.  Their passion and the enthusiasm they show for just wanting to do it all is amazing. Whatever the situation they just want to be active and just play cricket.  They didn’t care about anything else.  Virtually all of them just latched onto one or other of us and wouldn’t leave our side.”