Proteas go down to England

2010-04-30 07:33

Barbados - Eoin Morgan top-scored with 63 from 62 balls to revive England after a dramatic top-order collapse, as they secured a morale-boosting five-wicket victory over South Africa with three balls to spare at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, according to a report on cricinfo.

England were set 126 for victory, following a disciplined bowling performance led once again by Michael Yardy, who starred with 2 for 25 in four overs. But after 14 balls of their reply, they were in disarray at 9 for 3, with Michael Lumb failing for the second innings in succession and Kevin Pietersen falling for a first-ball duck in his first innings back in England colours since the tour of Bangladesh.

But Morgan maintained his composure in another tricky situation, cracking six fours and two sixes to turn the tide of the innings, with his captain, Paul Collingwood (23 from 26 balls) providing stirling support in a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Collingwood eventually holed out to AB de Villiers at midwicket, leaving England needing 46 runs from 36 balls, and though Morgan struck a vast six to reduce the pressure, he then picked out Johan Botha at deep extra cover off Juan Theron to leave England in some strife on 105 for 5. But Tim Bresnan and Luke Wright ensured against further mishaps.

South Africa had earlier struggled to assert themselves after winning the toss and batting, with their captain, Graeme Smith, needing 13 balls to get off the mark. With Loots Bosman pulling Stuart Broad to midwicket for 10 and Herschelle Gibbs running himself out for 1, South Africa mustered an insubstantial 27 for 2 in their six Powerplay overs.

JP Duminy and Albie Morkel applied some late impetus with 30 and 32 not out respectively, from 21 balls, as South Africa hauled their total from 66 for 5 in the 15th over to 125 for 5 after 20. But thanks to Morgan's solidity, it was an insubstantial total.


  • Middle Stump - 2010-04-30 08:00

    Expect an early return home from the Carribean - so dont unpack your bags - or get too comfotbale in your hotel rooms boys !!!!!

  • Semloh - 2010-04-30 08:07

    Good I prefer this, low key build up, low key warm's all about peaking at the right time boys!

  • Phelan - 2010-04-30 08:30

    Pathetic! 13 balls just to get off the mark? Gibs runs himself out for 1? Time for SA selectors to wake up!

  • Pete - 2010-04-30 08:36

    All good. No worries here.. JP is finding some form - I think they need to send him in earlier. Where is Kallis?

  • Ray Miller - 2010-04-30 08:49

    Gibbs was dropped from the Decan Chargers at the IPL and is now long past his sell by date. Loots is a big gamble and Smith has had no match practice if we use this lot in the World cup we wont get past the first round.

  • kw - 2010-04-30 09:27

    i'm worried about afghanistan!

  • Hey Mister - 2010-04-30 10:09

    Choking Chokers !!!! Idiots

  • Chris G - 2010-04-30 10:11

    If they can't even beat England then there's no chance against teams like Australia, Inida and Sri Lanka, Even the Windies with Gayle and Pollard will give us a hiding... what a poorly selected SA team.

  • frank - 2010-04-30 10:12

    graeme smith is the problem.get rid of him.johan botha for captain.graeme is full of himself and thinks his irreplaceable.oh yes, he needs to stop being so stuck-up.on two occasions he snubbed my daughter,sighting he's busy working.he was walking across an empty pitch after net practice.even ricky turned around signed and smile for a picture with my daughter.she became an aussie supporter.

  • Wiggle - 2010-04-30 10:14

    Gibbs got 6x6 here last time around

  • chris - 2010-04-30 10:24

    no big match temprament

  • Lebo Madubanya - 2010-04-30 11:08

    well yes, it's worrying that Smith seems to be struggling for form. That could have detrimental effects in the next few days. Kallis is well-rested after all the drama in the IPL. Now let's knuckle up for India on Sunday. a big contest that. probable team 1 Smith 2 Bosman 3 Kallis 4 de Villiers 5 Duminy 6 Boucher 7 A Morkel 8 Botha 9 Steyn 10 Kleinveldt 11 Langeveldt 12th man Theron. If Kallis opens then Gibbs at 3.

  • morne - 2010-04-30 12:37

    Gibbs has been over the wall for 2-3 seasons dont know why he is there this can surely not be the best team we could of send there

  • boksupport - 2010-04-30 12:57

    i find it difficult to believe that we wont play with botha and roelof in every game, unless their form drops significantly. besides, this is warmups and mean absolutely nothing as we usually win them comfortably and just fall off the wagon. Afghanistan is a threat though...

  • Conrad - 2010-04-30 13:07

    Fire the selectors you want to tell me that we do not have better T20 players than half of these damn has-been's. Where is Alviero Peterson,Miller(Dolphins),Rossuow just to name a few. I also agree that Johan Botha is a better captain than Smith.

  • Camel - 2010-04-30 13:35

    some of you people dont know what you are talking about... Honestly! To be a professionally sportsman is not all that-all you people couldnt even handle your day to day lives let alone living a life through a magnifying glass! Its a 20/20 world cup-so anything can happen!! Hence Zim beating Aus. Show a bit of faith...

  • Hopeful - 2010-04-30 14:43

    I was one of the guys that questioned Rory Kleinveldt's selection in the squad, but he is proving me wrong and I'm happy for him. Lets hope he starts on Sunday. He is a bit of an unknown, which is good for SA. Taking four wickets I thing at a decent economy rate and bowling all his 8 overs in the two warm up games is a good sign. Yes Rusty Probably did better than him this season, but current form is what's imported. Reyhana if you reading this, you can stop biting your nails. Your man is doing well so far.

  • AL @ Phelan - 2010-04-30 15:17

    England were 9 for 3 in less balls moron!! @frank - Every game there are about 5000 kids who don`t get an autograph because the players are actually working. Grow-up, tie a brick to your leg and go sit with Phelan in the dunk tank!!

  • marco - 2010-04-30 15:53

    If the recent IPL is anything to go by where comes to inform players then South Africa has a real problem on there hands.Only Jacques Kallis as a allrounder batsman with 572 runs and Dale Steyn a fast bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore with15 wickets, SR of 23.6 and econ rate of 6.88 per over were the pick of the Proteas performance during the competition.Boucher our prized wicketkeeper batsman was drop in favor of Robin Uthappa,Roelof van der Merwe never played a single game in the whole tournament neither did Johan Botha and AB DeVilliers the socalled fielder of the tournament lost his position in the Dehli Daredevils side to poor old reject from yesteryear Paul Collingwood of England which tells you how pathetic we've become in that he lost out to an English reject from a bygone era so yeah we are in dire straights. JP Duminy only really got picked for the Mumbai Indians once they've secured there semifinal place and probably thought lets give this fool a chance or else you know preople will start to talk.So yeah overall we are abysmal to say the very least and I can only hope we'll last the distance come next week.

  • Brent - 2010-04-30 16:05

    South Africa is going to win! Normally we go in with a chance of winning and always losing. I think if we go in without a chance of winning we might actually win. Hey weve tried everything to win a major tournament. Might as well try that!

  • SA Fan - 2010-04-30 16:27

    To all the know-it-all loosers that commented on this. How about you grow up a little and start supporting your team. Have some pride in our Cricket team. I also don't always agree with the decisions that are made, but for crying out loud, it was a warm up game. Only the 2nd time in months these guys have played together. Give then a chance. I am sure if any of you could do better, you would have been there, but unfortunately its easier to sit on your couch and bitch and moan.

  • Ling - 2010-04-30 20:25

    Duminy still in the team!!! SA need to wake up. There are many other players (how do we say it without being racist) that could take his place.

  • pi - 2010-04-30 22:35

    Well lets hope for the best when it really matters, glad the Kiwis won their game. Smith and the boys will have to work hard and show some guts for a change otherwise they are going to watch the semis in a hotelroom.

  • Phelan@AL - 2010-04-30 22:42

    Tell you what. ONE day when the Proteas win something.... THEN come back and call me names. The Proteas have wilted! And I for one refuse to support them, until they get rid of useless GS, JPD, JK and HG. In fact, I will sit and laugh at fools like you who keep deluding themselves! Until then, why dont you come push your nose through my pitch black crack! Twat!

  • wateva - 2010-05-02 00:15

    It's amazing how ppl like Phelan flaunt their stupidty with comments like that. Just today i heard an INDIAN commentator go on about how South Africa had the world's best team in the last T20 world cup. A couple of players go out of form and suddenly the proteas "never win anything". Let's rather talk about how amazing Bafana are.

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