Debut Test victory for Essex boy Lawrence

Sri Lanka: 135 and 359
England: 421 and 76/3
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat – England won by seven wickets

Essex’s Dan Lawrence made a winning start to his Test Cricket career as England saw off hosts Sri Lanka by seven-wicket in Galle.

The Leytonstone-born Essex right-handed batsman became the 123rd player to play Test cricket for England this century and scored 73 off 150 deliveries as the tourists built a commanding first-innings lead of 285 (Root 255 – Perera 4/109)

The 23-year-old was in the middle for 182 minutes, hitting six 4s and one 6 amongst his haul before he was dismissed, caught at short leg by Kusal Mendis off Dilruwan Perera – His fourth-wicket partnership with skipper, Joe Root, 173.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were dismissed inside 47 overs for 135 – Deputising skipper, Dinesh Chandimal top-scoring with 28 – Dom Bess doing the majority of the damage with the ball, taking 5/30 from 10.1 overs.

However, the hosts faired far better second time around – Thirimanne top-scoring with 111 of their 359 (Leach 5/122).

But chasing only 74, was never really going to cause the tourists an issue, despite an uncomfortable start which left England on14/3.

Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley fell to left-arm Lasith Embuldeniya, while there was no repeat of Root’s tremendous first-innings knock after he was run out following confusion with Jonny Bairstow.

But Lawrence provided another mature performance in the middle and was unbeaten on 21 – his unbroken stand with Bairstow 62 – as England secured a series lead.

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (Capt), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando

England: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad

Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Lyndon Hannibal, Raja Wimalasiri and Ranjan Madugalle

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Brian Jeeves

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