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England beat South Africa by four wickets in third ODI at the Oval

England v South Africa: Dernbach and Morgan put smile back on Flower's face

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England celebrated their first victory over South Africa this summer
after half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott saw them to a
four-wicket win in the third match of the NatWest Series.

Having lost the Test series 2-0 and fallen 1-0 behind after two matches
of the one-day leg, England turned the tide at the Kia Oval courtesy of
Morgan's fluent 73 and a stoic 71 from Trott.

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

The bowlers earlier played their part by dismissing the tourists for 211, Ravi Bopara miserly with one wicket for 31 runs in 10 overs and James Anderson polishing off the tail to close with four for 44.

England briefly looked in bother on 64 for three but Trott played the anchor role in a dogged 125-ball innings, while Morgan added the flair with seven fours and two sixes.

Ian Bell wasted no time getting England's chase going but, after crashing three boundaries in Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over, he was pinned leg before wicket by Dale Steyn.

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

His opening partner Alastair Cook took 18 balls to get off the mark but did so by turning Tsotsobe off his hips for four.
Eleven more came off Steyn's fourth over as Trott arrived at the crease and the hosts reached 45 for one after 10 overs.

Tight lines from Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell saw just 12 runs added in the next five overs.

Cook was particularly sedate and went for a laboured 20 with a tame shot to Robin Peterson.

Bopara then fell for a disputed duck, given caught behind off Morkel.

He immediately reviewed the verdict but the technology was inconclusive and he was forced to depart, albeit reluctantly.

At 69 for three from 20 overs, England had plenty of work to do.

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch...

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch…

... and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

… and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

Morgan's arrival added much-needed impetus – not to mention boundaries – as he raced past 30 at better than a run-a-ball.

A wide from Dean Elgar took England's target below 100 and Morgan
thrashed the spinner for the first six of the day in the 32nd over.

All the while, Trott was compiling slowly but surely and reached 50 from 86 deliveries.

Morgan's own half-century came off a breezier 54 balls and he overtook his partner with a flowing four over extra-cover.

A second six followed to the same area off Tsotsobe and his seventh four, off Morkel, brought up the century stand.
Morgan's game-changing knock ended with a looping caught-and-bowled to Peterson and 40 still needed.

Craig Kieswetter cleared the ropes once before being run out for 14,
leaving Trott to shepherd England within five runs of victory.

The impressive Parnell accounted for the number three, via the outside
edge, but Samit Patel was on hand to hit the winning boundary.

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

South Africa, having won the toss and batted, got off to a promising
start but after reaching 119 for two at the halfway stage they lost
wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out with 3.2 overs remaining.

Hashim Amla, having made a 311 not out on this ground in the Test
series, was quickly into his stride and plundered 11 off James
Anderson's third over.

His partner, Graeme Smith, had 18 of the first 50 runs before he was bowled by Anderson to an ugly stroke.

Cook turned to Bopara and his nagging medium pace soon after and he successfully strangled the scoring.

It was Jade Dernbach who made the key breakthrough, though, swinging a
full delivery past Amla's bat and removing leg stump for 43.

The bowling powerplay boosted England, costing just 21 runs and yielding that prize scalp.

Elgar and AB de Villiers were in danger of getting stuck until they took
13 off a single James Tredwell over, although the off-spinner exacted
his revenge at his next visit.

De Villiers was the man out, chipping to Bell at long-off for 28.

Bopara got a deserved wicket when he bowled Faf du Plessis for one and
Elgar went for a less-than-fluent 42 when he missed a trademark Dernbach
slower ball.

Number seven Parnell had a frenetic eight-ball stay, hitting one
authentic four through midwicket and two edged boundaries before
Dernbach had him caught behind.

That left JP Duminy to repair the innings and he made a diligent 33
before holing out off the bowling of Tredwell looking to up the rate.

Anderson made light work of the lower order, removing Steyn, Morkel and Tsotsobe in the space of eight deliveries.

England v South Africa – live score second ODI

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England finally start their NatWest Series against South Africa on Tuesday at the Ageas Bowl after the washout at Cardiff last Friday.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes is set to keep his place after being recalled to the side in place of the rested Stuart Broad in Cardiff. Test captain Andrew Strauss is not available while Matt Prior is not in the squad, and star batsman Kevin Pietersen remains in exile.

South Africa are also likely to make sweeping changes to the side which won the Test series 2-0, with lead seamer Dale Steyn unlikely to be selected and a handful of limited-overs specialists, including Dean Elgar, Robin Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe all set to be included.

Follow the live score when the match gets underway at 1pm local time.

Final preparations: England's Eoin Morgan bats at nets at the Ageas Bowl

Final preparations: England's Eoin Morgan bats at nets at the Ageas Bowl

England v South Africa ODI abandoned after wash-out

Cardiff wash-out scuppers England ODI revenge bid against South Africa

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England's hopes of exacting revenge against their Test conquerors South Africa were frustrated as the first match of their NatWest one-day series was washed out with less than half-an-hour's play possible in Cardiff.

Ian Bell did his best to offer the drenched supporters some entertainment, clubbing two huge sixes on his way to 26 not out from 18 balls, but England's 37 without loss from 5.3 overs was a poor return for more than five hours of watching the skies.

The sides were contesting a reduced 23-over contest when the game was finally abandoned under the heaviest rain of the day.

Foiled: Alastair Cook during a rare period of play

Foiled: Alastair Cook during a rare period of play

Play in the first one-day
international was due to begin at 10.15am and the rival captains got as
far as the toss, with AB de Villiers calling correctly and opting to
field.

The dark clouds above duly began to open and the start was delayed.

The umpires, Richard Kettleborough and
Kumar Dharmasena, were frequent visitors to the pitch for the next few
hours, inspecting conditions in the brief breaks between showers.

A handful of provisional start times –
and revised playing conditions – were set and then abandoned as the
rain continued to set in but spectators finally got some action when the
sides took to the field at 3pm.

A 24-over match was scheduled at that
point but spectators reacted with disbelief when just one delivery – a
leg-side wide by Morne Morkel – was sent down before the players left
the field again.

On hold again: Players trudge off in the rain

On hold again: Players trudge off in the rain

A slow handclap ensued and the delay
this time lasted just 10 minutes before hostilities were resumed, this
time with a further over per innings removed.

Alastair Cook failed to score off the
first six legal deliveries of the game and was then close to being run
out attempting a bold single when Wayne Parnell failed to hit the stumps
from close range.

England managed just four runs from
the first three overs but both Cook and Bell picked up boundaries in
Lonwabo Tsotsobe's second over, both crisply driven to the ropes.

Cook (10no) might already have been
gone after a bold single gave Parnell the chance of a run-out from
mid-on. He missed from close range to reprieve the England skipper.

From there it was all about Bell.

Still having fun: Fans drinking during a rain break

Still having fun: Fans drinking during a rain break

He took a step down the track before
swiping Morkel into the stands at mid-wicket for six and followed up
with an even better lofted six over mid-off.

England took 16 off that fifth over to
double their total and when Bell stepped outside off-stump and flicked
Tsotsobe for four over short fine-leg it looked as though fireworks were
imminent.

Instead, it turned out to be a damp squib as just two more balls were possible before the rain returned with vengeance.

This time the weather was heavy and
locked in for a long time, leaving officials with no choice but to call a
halt to proceedings.

England had earlier chosen to hand Chris Woakes his fifth ODI cap, and the first since August 25 last year, with the in-form Warwickshire all-rounder replacing the rested Stuart Broad.

Broad has been given the series off and 23-year-old Woakes got the nod ahead of Samit Patel's left-arm spin and the pace of Jade Dernbach.

Halted: Ian Bell and Cook leave the field

Halted: Ian Bell and Cook leave the field

South Africa's side was much-changed from the team which clinched the Test series 2-0, with only De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, JP Duminy and Morne Morkel retained.

Debutant Dean Elgar was among the incoming players, alongside one-day specialists including Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis.

Both Albie Morkel and Dale Steyn failed fitness tests and will be monitored ahead of Tuesday's second match at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl.

Team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: 'Albie's recurring left ankle injury is still a concern for us. We do not want to risk him by playing and would rather take the necessary precautionary measures especially with the World T20 taking place next month.

'Dale is battling with a stiff neck and will need a few days to recover from the strain.'

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England face South Africa in the first one-day international after losing the three-match Test series and their world No 1 ranking to the Proteas.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes was recalled to the side in place of the rested Stuart Broad in Cardiff.

With Broad given the series off Woakes edged out all-rounder Samit Patel and fellow seamer Jade Dernbach for a place in Alastair Cook's starting XI.

Woakes, 23, last featured for England on August 25 last year against Ireland but has enjoyed an impressive county season with bat and ball.

South Africa made sweeping changes to the side which won the Test series 2-0, with lead seamer Dale Steyn not selected and a handful of limited-overs specialists, including Dean Elgar, Robin Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe all included.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to field.

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Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers