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881dThe Report by David Hopps

Dominant England cruise into final

England's bowling attack, led by James Anderson and James Tredwell, set up a comprehensive victory completed by Jonathan Trott to secure a place in the Champions Trophy final

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
82(84) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 11 12 7 16 4 9 17
DA Miller
DA Miller
56(51) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 0 7 7 18 1 8 13

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Tredwell
JC Tredwell
O7
M1
R19
W3
Eco2.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
SCJ Broad
O8.4
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Alex Winter

In fact before I go, there's time to tell you that Tim Bresnan is now a father! His wife has given birth to Max Geoffrey Bresnan. Congratulations to the Bresnan's.

So there we have it, England, as many expected in all fairnace, are in the final of the Champions Trophy and go into Sunday's final with great confidence. They will take on India or Sri Lanka who contest tomorrow's second semi-final in Cardiff, which gets underway at 10.30am BST, so tune in then for all the best live coverage. And I'll be back for the final on Sunday at the same hour. My thanks to Monty for today, but from me, Alex Winter, it's goodbye, see you Sunday...

Presentation time: "The toss wasn't that important," AB de Villiers says. "It didn't really do that much but England got their plans spot on. Under pressure from the word go, we just weren't good enough.

"It was the hardest team selection I've had. Alviro would have been great in the team but we backed Hashim and Colin. I'm especially proud of David Miller and Rory, they kept fighting to the end and that's what I expect from our guys.

"We tried everything with the ball but it got pretty flat in the afternoon. There's no excuses. We had the talent to win this tournament. We just didn't play well enough."

Winning captain Alastair Cook: "That's the performance you want in a semi-final. Jimmy was outstanding which was fantastic. The other guys back him up, especially tricky Tredders. To win any tournament you need everyone to fire and we've got that so far."

Man of the Match goes to "tricky Tredders" James Tredwell for his three wickets.

South Africa have lost yet again in a semi-final and this time it was their batsman that let them down badly. They failed to deal with the new swinging balls and then lost cheap wickets to put themselves out of the game before they had a chance to get into it. James Anderson was at his brilliant best and James Tredwell was excellent again. The only proper application came from David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt but then it was too late and they merely served to save complete humiliation.

That is a thumping, England dominant and have won by seven wickets and qualify for Sunday's final. The damage was done with the ball but a small chase can be tricky, not with Jonathan Trott at the crease it isn't. He's been his usual steady-Eddy best and timed the ball as good as I have seen today, he was superb and has led his side home in fine fashion. There was a mini-scare when Alastair Cook fell cheaply and Ian Bell went with less than a quarter of the target overcome but Trott and Joe Root got together in a partnership of 105 to pick off South Africa, Root again showing great maturity in such a calm innings.

37.3
4
Peterson to Trott, FOUR runs, floated up outside off and driven past extra cover, Trott finishes it in style
37.2
0
Peterson to Trott, no run, back and pushed from just outside off stump to cover
37.1
0
Peterson to Trott, no run, bend of the front knee and blocked back to the bowler

So a brief scare but England have, as expected, cruised it, the last rites...

END OF OVER:
37 | 8 Runs | ENG: 175/3 (1 run required from 12.3 overs, RR: 4.72, RRR: 0.07)

  • Eoin Morgan15 (19b)
  • Jonathan Trott78 (81b)
  • Chris Morris8-1-38-1
  • Robin Peterson9-1-45-0
36.6
4
Morris to Morgan, FOUR runs, full toss outside off, guided through the covers, whoops
36.5
4
Morris to Morgan, FOUR runs, too much width, Morgan does he get-low-and-thrash-it-square thing and powers it through point, very well timed
36.4
0
Morris to Morgan, no run, back and across the off stump to block

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22IR BellAN Cook
2nd19IR BellIJL Trott
3rd105IJL TrottJE Root
4th33IJL TrottEJG Morgan

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
ENG32140.308
SL3214-0.197
NZ31130.777
AUS3021-0.68
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA33060.938
SA31130.325
WI3113-0.075
PAK3030-1.035