Somerset’s George Bartlett scored a big hundred for England against their Indian counterparts in the first of the two Under-19 Test Matches in Nagpur to put the tourists in a commanding position by the close of play on the second day.
After England chose to bat the former Academy batsman, who was awarded a one year contract last summer, went to the wicket in the 20th over when opener Harry Brook was dismissed with the total on 57. Along with Max Holden the Somerset player helped to take England Under 19s onto 311 wihout further loss by the close of play on the opening day by which time George was unbeaten on 132.
On the second day the 18 year old from Yeovil had moved onto 179 when he was stumped. George’s partnership with Holden added 321 runs in 82 overs, and during the course of his innings the Somerset player faced 249 balls and hit 25 fours and three sixes. It becomes the highest score by an England Under-19s batsman overseas, beating 170 by Nasser Hussain against Sri Lanka in Kandy in 1986-87.
There are still 10 batsmen ahead of Bartlett in the all-time England list, but all of them made their runs on home soil – including his Somerset seniors Marcus Trescothick with 206 against India at Edgbaston in 1994, and James Hildreth against Bangladesh on home soil in Taunton a decade later.
England eventually declared their first innings on 501 for five and by the end of play in reply India had moved onto 156 for two still trailing by 345 runs.
Talking about the game so far centurion George said: “It has been a good couple of days for me personally. It was good to have the chance to show that I can bat for long period of time and put the Indians under pressure with a big first innings score.”
He went on: “It was great to have our captain Max Holden with me throughout my innings and share a partnership 300 plus with him. On to a big day tomorrow where we can hopefully get eight wickets and put them under more pressure on a deteriorating pitch.”