England edge to warm-up win

Centurion Joe Root and canny off-spinner James Tredwell helped England to a nervy 29-run win over a University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI.

Root’s unbeaten 104 underpinned 290 for eight – a total in which Ben Stokes’ 58 was the other significant contribution – and then Tredwell, with 3-39, got to work.

The Vice Chancellor’s XI were far from done with, however, as Kyle Corbin’s sustained hitting in a 98-ball hundred kept the hosts just about within range of a shock victory at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Black Caps and Tigers triumphant

New Zealand and Bangladesh will meet in the Plate final of the Under-19 World Cup following respective victories in Abu Dhabi.

The Black Caps sealed their place courtesy of a comfortable five-wicket victory over hosts United Arab Emirates.

Ken McClure struck a fifty as New Zealand edged to a victory that sealed their place in the Under-19s Plate finalKen McClure led the way in reply, his second successive half-century helping New Zealand to their eventual triumph.UAE were undermined after losing the toss as they were dismissed for just 140.

Kent make move for Bollinger

Kent have swooped to sign Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger as their overseas player for the whole of the 2014 season.

The left-arm paceman, who has played 12 Tests, 39 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals, will be available in all forms.

He said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to play with Kent. I feel I am bowling as well as I ever have, and look forward to being able to contribute both on and off the field.

Perera puts Bangladesh to the sword

Kusal Perera scored his maiden one-day international century to guide Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win and a 3-0 series whitewash against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Chasing 241 for victory in the third and final ODI, opener Perera stuck five sixes and six fours in his 106 to lay the foundations for a comfortable win.

Kusal Perera smashed five sixes in a super century that helped Sri Lanka complete an ODI series whitewash of Bangladesh

The 23-year-old shared in a decisive 138-run stand with half-centurion Dinesh Chandimal for the third wicket, although neither could carry their side across the finishing line as they fell within two overs of each other.

Robson staying in the present

Sam Robson is remaining grounded despite his winter of runs continuing with another century in England whites.

Robson was the star of the show on the England Performance Programme’s trip to Australia just before Christmas, prompting many to tip him as a future senior opener.

He has done little to dispel such thoughts, too, while in Sri Lanka with the Lions.

Today, in particular, he shone as his superb 142 put the second-string in position to seal a series triumph against Sri Lanka A.