LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Choke is a word which has haunted South African cricket for three decades but rather than shy away from it, departing coach Gary Kirsten has embraced the term in a bid to end their semi-final hoodoo.
LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Hosts England sauntered into the Champions Trophy final after South Africa 'choked' in yet another semi-final when they were bowled out for 175 in fairly benign conditions at The Oval on Wednesday.
LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Scoreboard from the Champions
Trophy semi-final between England and South Africa at The Oval
England win by seven wickets to reach the final
England won the toss
C.Ingram lbw b Anderson 0
H.Amla c Buttler b Finn 1
R.Peterson lbw b Anderson 30
F.du Plessis c Buttler b Tredwell 26
AB.de Villiers c Buttler
LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - South Africa risked 'choking' in yet another semi-final after England ripped through their ranks to restrict them to 175 all out from 38.4 overs in their Champions Trophy clash on Wednesday.
LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Tillakaratne Dilshan took a brilliant one-handed catch to end a stubborn last-wicket partnership of 41 as Sri Lanka beat Australia by 20 runs on Monday to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals.
June 17 (Reuters) - Final Champions Trophy Group A standings
after Sri Lanka beat Australia by 20 runs on Monday.
P W T L NR Pts Net run rate
England 3 2 0 1 0 4 +0.308
Sri Lanka 3 2 0 1 0 4 -0.197
New Zealand 3 1 0 1 1 3 +0.777
Australia 3 0 0 2 1 1 -0.680
(Compiled by Ed Osmond)
LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Scoreboard from the Champions
Trophy Group A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Oval
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
Australia won the toss
K.Perera lbw b Johnson 4
T.Dilshan c Watson b Doherty 34
K.Sangakkara c Maxwell b McKay 3
L.Thirimanne c Watson b Johnson 57
M.Jayawardene not out
LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Mahela Jayawardene's classy unbeaten 84 lifted Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 253 for eight in their must-win Champions Trophy Group A match against Australia on Monday.
June 17 (Reuters) - Troubled opener David Warner has risked his place in Australia's Ashes team after his late night bar-room fracas with England player Joe Root, captain Michael Clarke said on Monday.
June 16 (Reuters) - Scoreboard in the Champions Trophy Group
A match between England and New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday.
A.Cook c & b NMcCullum 64
I.Bell c BMcCullum b McClenaghan 10
J.Trott c NMcCullum b Mills 8
J.Root c Ronchi b McClenaghan 38
E.Morgan lbw b Vettori 15
J.Buttler c NMcCullum b Mills 14
R.Bopara c Williamson b McClenaghan 9
T.Bresnan run out 4
S.Broad c NM
June 16 (Reuters) - Hosts England advanced to the Champions Trophy semi-finals on Sunday after defeating New Zealand by 10 runs in a rain-reduced Group A match in Cardiff which looked likely at one stage to end in a washout.
June 16 (Reuters) - England captain Alastair Cook survived three dropped catches by Nathan McCullum to score 64 out of his team's 169 all out off 23.3 overs against New Zealand in a rain-reduced Champions Trophy Group A match in Cardiff on Sunday.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke hopes to be fit to return for Monday's final Champions Trophy Group A game against Sri Lanka after missing the first two matches with a back injury.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - England strike bowler James Anderson has rejected claims from former captain Bob Willis that the ball was tampered with during a Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at the Oval last Thursday.