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Last Updated: Monday, 31 January, 2005, 08:36 GMT
England storm to emphatic victory
First one-day international, Johannesburg: South Africa 175-9 lost to England 103-3 by 26 runs (D-L method)
Kabir Ali

England drew first blood in the one-day series against South Africa with an impressive win in rainy Johannesburg.

Having held the hosts to a lowly 175-9, England were 103-3 and were 26 runs ahead on Duckworth-Lewis when wet weather stopped play in the 26th over.

They had looked in trouble on 44-3, but Michael Vaughan struck 44 not out to marshal his team to safety.

Matthew Hoggard took 2-35 on his return to the one-day team, and Kabir Ali grabbed 2-29 in only his second outing.

England ran through the top and middle-order to reduce South Africa to 90-7 before a gutsy stand of 58 between Shaun Pollock (37) and Nicky Boje (33) spared blushes.

With an experimental middle-order in place, South Africa needed a good start from their openers after losing the toss.

But skipper Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs failed to deliver.

Smith was in Matthew Hoggard's pocket for most of the Test series, but it was Darren Gough (2-27) who ousted him in the third over when he reached and edged to second slip.

Matthew Hoggard removes Adam Bacher
Bacher's failure was embarrassing for him and deflating for SA

Hoggard is a different bowler to the one last seen in England colours two years ago, when Australia took him for 36 runs in 3.2 overs.

Fresh from his best-ever Test series, Hoggard struck in his second over when Gibbs drove uppishly to Kevin Pietersen at short extra cover, reducing South Africa to 5-2.

Oddly, South Africa left out rookie batsman AB de Villiers despite drafting him into the squad following an impressive Test series.

Instead, they went with a middle-order of Adam Bacher (first cap for seven years), Ashwell Prince (first since last March) and Justin Kemp (first for three years).

The break has not improved Bacher, who swung-and-missed his way to four before comically charging down the pitch and inside-edging Hoggard onto his stumps.

South Africa were ailing, and not even Jacques Kallis was immune.

Ali removed the talismanic all-rounder in the second over of a very decent spell, Kallis edging down leg-side for five.

Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen
Vaughan and Pietersen check their maths before getting on with it

And he struck again when trapping Prince, who had provided some cheer with three consecutive boundaries off Hoggard, in front for 22.

Kemp and Mark Boucher stopped the bleeding momentarily with a 34-run partnership, cashing in on the introduction of Marcus Trescothick.

But Ashley Giles (3-18) got rid of Kemp with his second ball, and Boucher with his 13th, to peg South Africa back to 90-7.

They were there for the taking, but the decision to keep Trescothick on for eight overs - depriving both Ali and Giles their full quota - had much to do with the prosperity of the eighth wicket.

Still, 58 soft runs did not break the bank, and England had the final say when Gough bowled Boje with a fine away-swinging yorker and Giles had Pollock caught in the final over.

Jones, opening for the first time, crashed Pollock for two boundaries in the first over of England's run-chase.

But the hosts hit back hard with the scalps of Trescothick and Jones (both caught) in successive overs, and Andrew Strauss in the 12th to reduce England to 44-3.

And England were forced back into their shell by tight bowling from Pollock, Ntini and Nel, going 32 balls without scoring.

It was a false dawn, however, and after checking their maths Vaughan and Pietersen (22 not out) beat the rain to consign South Africa to a 12th defeat in their last 13 matches.

South Africa: G Smith (capt), H Gibbs, J Kallis, A Bacher, A Prince, J Kemp, M Boucher (wkt), S Pollock, N Boje, M Ntini, A Nel.

England: M Trescothick, G Jones (wkt), M Vaughan (capt), A Strauss, K Pietersen, I Bell, P Collingwood, A Giles, K Ali, D Gough, M Hoggard.

Report: BBC Radio Five Live's Simon Mann

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan

Interview: South Africa captain Graeme Smith

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