England's young cricket stars, including Kendal's Tom Aspinwall, shone brightly on their route to the Under-19 Cricket World Cup Final in Antigua, but fell just short against a strongly-fancied India team.

India were strong favourites going into the tournament, having already won the title a record four times, so it was always going to be a big ask for England's young lions to prevail.

England battled valiantly though, and, batting first, posted a total of 189, after being in a perilous position of 96-7 after 25 of the allotted 50 overs.

England's bowlers pushed their opposition all the way though as the game ebbed and flowed, with Tom Aspinwall taking 2 of India's wickets

India, however reached their target with 2 overs to spare, and the loss of 6 wickets, to claim a record-extending 5th World Cup.

Despite their eventual defeat, the cricketing world was full of praise for England's youngsters, as

Ex-England player Alex Tudor tweeted: "It wasn’t meant to be this time for the young @englandcricket U19 lads but they can hold there heads up high. I am sure you we will hear from a few of these lads in the years to come.

Massive congrats to @BCCI U19’s just too good some serious talent…future looks good"

Former England spinner Graeme Swann tweeted: "A brave effort by the @englandcricket u19 men but not enough to deny an exceptional @BCCI team. Stars of the future shining brightly here in glorious Antigua"

Praise also came from closer to home though, as Kendal Cricket Club's Andy Dugdale said:

"Sadly it was not to be, the England U-19s got beat by a well-deserving Indian team of very talented youngsters - many congratulations to them.

"Nonetheless, a fantastic effort by the English lads, a terrific experience.

"One that will stay with them throughout, and what will hopefully be a spring board to their future sporting lives.

"Playing and handling the pressure of a world cup final, just being there, is immense, when you know your club and members are watching and your on Sky Sports,is ,well, challenging to say the very least - some of these lads are only 17.

"What they achieved was fantastic and will undoubtedly live with them forever and hopefully help them massively going forward.

"Kendal Cricket Club bar was packed on Saturday cheering on and supporting a Kendal lad making good - just how it should be.

"The result wasn’t what we hoped for, but for all the English lads and Tom Aspinwall, whilst it never turned out with the perfect ending, hopefully you can all take great heart from what you achieved and for every one of you, here’s hoping that it leads to a successful cricketing career.

"Well done lads"