England Lions left the Sri Lankan President’s XI reeling four down wickets with only a lead of 56 on a three-day tour match of the Island.

Westley and Livingstone both struck 95 and 84 respectively to propel the Lions to 279 before Chandraguptha conjured an innings of 91 before the end of day’s play.

Chandraguptha was supported by right-handed Samarasooriya who chipped in with a helpful 42.

Left arm finger spinner, Pushpakumara was the pick of the Lankan bowlers having collected three scalps.

Hameed and Jennings will want to score runs before looking to jump back into international cricket.

Ollie Rayner struck in the last session to dismiss Chandraguptha before they could bring up the fifty partnership.

Francisco was left unbeaten on 32* with Prabath with one day left to play.

SLC will be hoping the Presidents XI kicks on and looks to bat at least one more session but the most likely result seems to be a draw before the start of day three.