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Sunday, 13 February, 2000, 22:18 GMT
South Africa defeat sorry England
SA 149 all out, Eng 111 all out
South Africa win by 38 runs
South Africa have won the one-day triangular tournament, after defeating England by 38 runs at The Wanderers.
Five wickets from man-of-the-series Shaun Pollock demolished the England batting attack after the visitors had themselves reduced Hansie Cronje's men to 25-5 earlier in the day.
Pollock finished his spell with figures of 9-1-20-5, but the gulf in class between the sides was evident in almost every element of play.
After losing a succession of early wickets, South Africa certainly looked vulnerable, but a sixth-wicket stand of 74 between Cronje and Mark Boucher settled the South African scorecard.
Facing a target of 150, England initially looked confident at the crease.
It did not last long, however, as Pollock ripped through England's recognised batsmen to leave the tourists floundering.
Pollock destroys England
England captain Nasser Hussain (8) was first to go, caught behind by Boucher, who finished the match with a record-equalling five catches.
Nick Knight fell for 10 again caught behind, while Darren Maddy was caught by Jacques Kallis at slip for nought.
Mark Alleyne never looked comfortable and after a host of appeals was finally put out of his misery, caught by Cronje for just six.
England's last recognised batman Graeme Hick fell in Pollock's next over, caught superbly by Kallis, though TV replays cast doubt over whether the ball had been caught cleanly.
It was a textbook spell from the world's number one pace bowler, but the barrage did not end their as Mark Ealham continued the run of wickets, caught behind off Lance Klusener for four.
Klusener then dismissed Craig White and Andy Caddick nicked an easy catch to Boucher off Kallis to end any hope of an England victory, despite a late rally from Chris Read and Alan Mullally.
Earlier South Africa fought back well to fall just one run short of the 150-mark, after suffering a dreadful early collapse.
Cronje and Boucher quickly stopped the rot, however, with the South Africa captain putting his poor form with the bat behind him to reach a solid 56.
In a dream start, both Caddick and Gough achieved early movement off the seam.
Herschelle Gibbs attempted to strike a wide delivery from Gough, but was beaten for pace, leaving Knight with a straightforward catch at first slip.
With the next delivery Gough sent in-form Kallis back to the pavilion, bowled first ball, before Caddick took England's third wicket when Neil McKenzie played on to leave the home side firmly on the back foot.
Jonty Rhodes was next to go, caught by Knight off Caddick for five and Pollock became Caddick's third victim, caught by Chris White for nought.
SA fight back
Cronje and Boucher steadied the innings to take the run-rate from just over two per over to a more respectable four.
With Caddick and Gough replaced by Mullally and Alleyne, the home side looked more confident, finding a number of boundaries to take the score to 95-5, before Boucher (36) lobbed a mistimed shot to Hick.
In a true captain's performance, Cronje continued to frustrate the England bowling attack, moving past the 50-mark with a superb shot through cover for four.
He eventually fell to Mullally, caught by Knight at mid-off.
Dangerman Klusener made his intentions immediately clear with 10 runs off 26 balls.
But England dug in and after two miraculous catches, South Africa's innings was all but over.
Klusener departed shaking his head after Hussain plucked a ball out of the sky that always looked destined for the boundary and Maddy caught Pieter Strydom at full stretch at mid-on.
The match was reduced by umpires Rudi Koertzen and David Orchard from 50-overs-a-side to 45 overs, after rain caused the final to be postponed from Saturday.
Triangular Tournament Final: South Africa v England
13/02/00 at Johannesburg
South Africa beat England by 38 runs Scorecard correct at 21:01 BST
England 111 all out (38overs) South Africa 149 all out (45overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (16 Hussain, 17 mins), 2-22 (6 Knight, 10 mins), 3-23 (1 Maddy, 2 mins), 4-41 (18 Alleyne, 24 mins), 5-45 (4 Hick, 11 mins), 6-64 (19 Ealham, 28 mins), 7-72 (8 White, 14 mins), 8-83 (11 Caddick, 13 mins), 9-87 (4 Gough, 6 mins), 10-111 (24 Read, 34 mins)
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (14 Gibbs, 21 mins), 2-14 (0 Kallis, - mins), 3-14 (0 McKenzie, 5 mins), 4-21 (7 Rhodes, 7 mins), 5-21 (0 Pollock, 2 mins), 6-95 (74 Boucher, 88 mins), 7-129 (34 Cronje, 28 mins), 8-132 (3 Klusener, 6 mins), 9-134 (2 Strydom, 6 mins), 10-149 (15 Williams, 9 mins)
England won the toss and decided to field
Umpires: R E Koertzen, D L Orchard
N D McKenzie , H H Gibbs , J H Kallis , P C Strydom , W J Cronje (capt) , J N Rhodes , L Klusener , S M Pollock , M V Boucher (wkt) , H S Williams , S Elworthy ,
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