Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone scored two centuries in the match for England Lions as he continued his successful winter tour with the second string side.
Livingstone’s 105 in the first innings was followed by a blistering 140 not out in the second against Sri Lanka A in the Dambulla heat.
The 23-year-old’s heroics came in vein as the Lions lost by three wickets with the hosts quickly chasing down the 90 required for victory in the final overs of the day.
Livingstone’s county teammate Haseeb Hameed also featured in the game but struggled to repeat his first team winter exploits as he could only muster scores of 15 and 14 respectively – the young opener is still expected to partner Alistair Cook when England return to Test match action against South Africa in July.
A good start to the season with Lancashire may also now see Livingstone promoted to the full England squad in order to fill the void in the middle order of Joe Root’s side.
Both Livingstone and Hameed will be available for the start of Lancashire’s County Championship campaign which kicks off on Friday April 7th away at Essex.
Meanwhile Surrey fast bowler Tom Curran will have done his chances no harm as he took six wickets in the match, especially as the game was played in spin friendly conditions.