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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 July, 2003, 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK
England cruise past SA
NatWest Series final, Lord's: England 111-3 (20.2 overs) beat South Africa 107 all out (32.1 overs) by seven wickets

Gough took 2-9 in seven overs

England claimed their second NatWest Series title with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over South Africa at a sun-baked Lord's.

In an anticlimactic finale to a close-fought tournament, the hosts bowled South Africa out for 107 - their lowest ever total against England and the lowest in a one-day international at the venue.

A second wicket stand of 81 between Vikram Solanki and Michael Vaughan took England within touching distance after Marcus Trescothick was caught at slip with just a single run on the board.

Both men fell in quick succession, Vaughan holing out to mid-on and Solanki playing on to Andrew Hall for 50.

But Andrew Flintoff and Anthony McGrath combined to steer England home with almost 20 overs to spare.

South Africa have given us some tough games and I'm sure we are going to have a tough Test series
Michael Vaughan
Solanki brought up his second one-day half-century of the series with a six and a four off successive balls from a dispirited Jacques Kallis, who earlier fell for just his eighth duck in 171 one-day international innings.

James Anderson was the leading bowler with 3-50, but each member of the England attack enjoyed success on a perfect batting wicket.

They fully justified Vaughan's slightly surprising decision to bowl first when he won the toss.

Jacques Rudolph's 43-ball 19 was the highest score for the tourists.

Anderson struck early to dismiss Graeme Smith and debutant Morne van Wyk, either side of strikes by Darren Gough, who ousted Herschelle Gibbs and Kallis.

Vikram Solanki hit an impressive half-century to set up the win
Solanki completely dispensed with cross-batted shots and played beautifully
Anderson had his senior partner to thank for creating excruciating pressure, Gough conceding just nine runs in a seven-over opening spell compared with the youngster's 42.

Wickets came in braces from there on; the next two coming in the space of six balls, two more in the space of five.

Rudolph's thin edge behind off Flintoff was followed by Mark Boucher's flay at a wide ball from Richard Johnson for Read's fourth catch.

Martin van Jaarsveld upped the pace with Pollock, striking two boundaries, before he gave a return catch to Ashley Giles.

Hall lasted just four deliveries before he handed Anderson his third wicket, a little extra bounce gaining a leading edge to mid-on.

And Giles finished with figures of 2-3 - his only successes of England's home one-day stand - from three overs when he had Andre Nel lbw.

Flintoff took the final wicket when he had Shaun Pollock caught behind for 18 in the 33rd over.

England: M Vaughan (captain), M Trescothick, V Solanki, A McGrath, A Flintoff, R Clarke, C Read (wkt), A Giles, R Johnson, D Gough, J Anderson.

South Africa: G C Smith (Capt), H H Gibbs, J H Kallis, J A Rudolph M van Jaarsveld, M V Boucher (Wkt), A J Hall, S M Pollock M N van Wyk, A Nel, M Ntini.

Links to more Eng v SA 2003 stories


England captain Michael Vaughan
"We were fantastic today"

South Africa captain Graeme Smith
"We just didn't bat well enough"

TMS NatWest Series diary: Lord's
12 Jul 03  |  Test Match Special


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