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Find the latest sports news and articles on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA college football, NCAA college basketball and more at ABC News. 2156: Now then, it's been a thrilling day's cricket. Can't remember the last time England looked this good in one-day cricket, beating the Proteas in their own back WMSE presents three major indie rock sensation, Sideone Dummy’s Restorations, Dine Alone’s latest signing The Dirty Nil, and Philly spook rockers Creepzoid along Find mack v8 ads. Buy and sell almost anything on Gumtree classifieds.

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Man of the match Owais Shah: "I feel I've been striking the ball very well for the last couple of months - I'd love to bat on that pitch every day. Paul and I put on a very good partnership, while I've played with Eoin at Middlesex and I'm glad he's done it here at international level"England captain Andrew Strauss: "That's the best I've ever seen England bat - Owais Shah played an absolute gem of an innings, Paul Collingwood played very well and that set the platform for Eoin Morgan to come in and show what he can do. Our ground fielding was excellent - we dropped a couple of catches but they always had to strive hard to keep up the rate and take some risks. Graeme had cramps, but the umpires weren't all that confident about giving him a runner as when you've scored a hundred you're often tired, so I didn't think it was something we could allow"South Africa captain Graeme Smith: "Credit to England, they batted very well but we lost wickets at crucial times - whenever we had a partnership, we lost a wicket. There's no point in making excuses any more, we've just got to go out and do it"2146: So, when was the last time England qualified for anything with one game to spare? It means the situation is quite simple - if England beat New Zealand on Tuesday, they will take Sri Lanka through with them (by virtue of having a the least bad run rate of the other three teams). But if New Zealand win, or if there's a tie or a no result, the Kiwis will go through with England. "Bravo England. Everyone contributed something and it was beautiful to watch. Hard luck to the Saffers, but really great stuff England"From Alan in Runcorn, TMS inbox: "Respect regained. Brilliant, well done lads"2139: As England's delighted players walk off, one unidentified player (with a northern accent) comments "who'd have thought about that, two (expletive deleted) weeks ago?"ENGLAND WIN BY 22 RUNS AND QUALIFY FOR SEMI-FINALS50th over - SA 297-9Needing the small matter of six off every ball to win the game, Parnell can only manage a single off the first ball, bowled by Onions - leaving the Proteas needing snookers. Steyn has some fun with a flicked four off his legs, he and Parnell add a couple more singles apiece and the last ball goes for four overthrows, but it doesn't matter - England are through to the semi-finals, and South Africa are knocked out.From Mike Gallagher, TMS inbox: "OK, which wise guy updated Wikipedia adding that a runner could not be used if you have cramp?! It's now been changed back (or is it someone from SA that has changed it?) I'm totally confused"

48th over - SA 283-9South Africa are going to be desperately short here of the secondary target of 314 they need to keep their run rate ahead of Sri Lanka's and stay in the competition. Like a fast bowler of 50 years ago, Steyn decides he's going to go out in a blaze of glory, bashing Anderson for two past the bowler and then heaving a four through long-on. A single takes him to seven, and that's his highest ODI score too! The crowd give him a big cheer. Parnell cuts a single to third man, Steyn steers another and that's nine off the over, but 41 needed from two overs. Anderson finishes with 3-42 from his 10 overs, he's been outstanding.47th over - SA 274-9Monumental effort needed now by Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell. Braod thinks he has Parnell caught behind, he and Morgan celebrate... but Umpire Davis shakes his head. Broad, whose appeal was quite animated, could earn himself a visit to the headmaster's study for that. 46.5 overs - WICKET - Smith c Shah b Broad 141 - SA 274-9Rather like Shane Warne, Graeme Smith is the sort of man who doesn't believe in lost causes. He blasts Broad for four through mid-wicket, then twice turns down the chance of a single - he realises he's got to hit boundaries to win it for the Proteas. And he goes for another big heave - though not a dandy highwayman, he intends to Stand and Deliver - and whacks four more through backward point. But Smith's brave innings - his highest ODI score - is finally ended when he hoists Broad into the night sky, and is caught at deep mid-wicket. The fielder? Owais Shah! Start the car!46th over - SA 266-8New batsman is Wayne Parnell. He's a leftie. Jimmy is pretty much unplayable at the moment, although he then bowls a no-ball. Parnell pushes a single off his legs, there's no way Smith will take him up on the offer of a second. Smith can only manage a single, South Africa now need 58 from 24 balls.From Ian Pidgen, TMS inbox: "Show no mercy England. Go for the jugular. No runners: make Smith do it the hard way if he wants to win" 45.2 overs - WICKET - Van der Merwe b Anderson 0 - SA 263-8More superb bowling from the "Burnley Express" as RVDM is yorked attempting a big hit!45th over - SA 263-7New batsman is left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe, who's right-handed, but it's Smith on strike as they crossed on the catch. Smith blasts a four through long-on, he's still suffering with cramp and may have to try to win it in boundaries - there won't be many quick singles. He flicks the last ball off his legs for four - as Will texted in after the 17th over, Broad has leaked runs from the last two balls of his over, and that's 61 needed from 30 balls. 44.3 overs - WICKET - Botha c Onions b Broad 0 - SA 255-7New batsman Johan Botha swings and misses at Broad, then skies one into the air and this time it's Onions holding on to the catch just outside the circle at mid-off! 44.1 overs - WICKET - Morkel run out (Morgan direct hit) 17 - SA 255-6Smith swings and misses, Morkel calls him for a run and scampers for the striker's end but keeper Morgan's throw hits the stumps and he's gone! Doesn't even wait for the third umpire's verdict!From Rob Pates, TMS inbox: "Cricket, Star Wars and avoiding work in the office. Does it get any better?"In a word, no!44th over - SA 255-5Anderson to bowl, more field-tinkering to be done. Smith can only manage a leg bye off the first ball - there's a bit of a clash between the captains as Smith appears to ask for a runner, and Strauss refuses. Smith isn't happy at all. Jimmy is right on the money against Morkel, giving him no room to tee off and aim for the fences. He even pings in a slow bouncer which completely deceives big Albie. He can only manage a single, and Smith, who limps through for a leg bye off the last ball, is REALLY hobbling around now. he asks for a runner again, ABDV even walks onto the field but is sent back off. Smith is fuming. 69 needed from 36 balls.From Liam, 15, England, TMS inbox: "The slating of Owais Shah should stop surely? He batted well for his 98 and put England in a commanding position, the only comments on him should be positive ones, everyone drops catches. Yes it was the dangerman and maybe it would be different now if he held it but he made the chance, let's see if we can use it"43rd over - SA 252-5Very tasty - South Africa take their batting powerplay, so England can only have three fielders outside the fielding circle for overs 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47. Broad to bowl, Cap'n Strauss carefully sets his field. Broad bowls round the wicket to the lefties, but it's a bad start to the powerplay as the big-hitting Morkel whacks him to cow corner for four. He then hoists Broad back over his head for a straight six! A single rotates the strike... in favour of Smith, who has 122 from 120 balls. A single brings South Africa to the milestone of 250 - then Morkel goes aerial again, high but not long to long-on, and they can only run two. 72 needed from 42 balls, and the physio comes on to treat Smith who appears to have cramp.From Steve, St Helens, TMS inbox: "World class bit of fate tempting from Alison Mitchell. What a comment to make when the destructive Morkel is walking to the wicket! If he goes I will agree, but until then I will continue to peek from behind the sofa!"42nd over - SA 238-5The PA strikes up the well-known tune "YMCA" between overs - Graeme Swann (who's on for Broad) looks like he could do with somewhere where he can (a) get himself clean, (b) have a good meal, and (c) do whatever he feels - he holds his head in his hands as Morgan appeals for a stumping against Smith, he's clearly in but Umpire Davis at square leg wastes a good two minutes with a needless referral to the third umpire. Not for the first time tonight. But Swanny keeps it pretty tight, his over yields just four singles. And we hear that South Africa's secondary target is 314 - as even if they lose, they'd stay above Sri Lanka on net run rate, and thus would go through if England beat New Zealand in the final group game.41st over - SA 234-5New batsman is Albie Morkel - he's batting on his home ground here, and he can hit the ball further than just about anyone. Anderson tests him with a bouncer... and Umpire Davis quickly signals it as an aerial wide. Jimmy then fires another wide down the leg side, thankfully Morgan hasn't let anything through today. Morkel is off the mark with a single, Smith manages a leg bye as an lbw appeal is stifled. Meanwhile, Owais Shah is off the field for England... funny, that... "Boucher gone, surely we can breath easy...?! Smith 120*... but he can't do it on his own" 40.1 overs - WICKET - SA 230-5Anderson returns, his first ball removes Boucher by hitting the top of off stump. Smith's still there, though...From Dan (another one, there have been many today), TMS inbox: "Smith's charmed life is starting to seriously worry me. Joel [24th over] - how's that sea trout book looking now? "40th over - SA 230-4Smith takes another fresh guard as Broad returns to the attack. The left-hander pulls Broad's first ball for one, then the fair-haired seamer bangs in a bouncer at Boucher, at which he swishes and misses. But Broad undoes all his good work with a wide full toss, and Boucher hangs his bat out to angle it for four to third man. The keeper smears a single, then Smith whacks another loose delivery for four - 10 from the over, and Smith is 120 not out and loving it. 94 needed from 60 balls - run-rate needed is 9.4.From Daz, Widnes, TMS inbox: "I can only think of two possible reasons for England's performances here after the Aussie debacle. Either it's really the Aussies out there pretending to be England or it's the blue kit, replacing the terrible 'pyjama' style of the red one"39th over - SA 220-4Despite the dropped catches, England's ground-fielding continues to save runs all over the shop as Boucher adds another single. Smith has 111 from his first 111 balls, but is off Nelson as he beautifully late-cuts Swann for four. Just one more single - 104 needed from 66 balls. I'll tell you the run-rate after the next over.38th over - SA 214-4The new batsman is wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, who's playing his 283rd ODI, so South Africa have a left-hand/right-hand combo. He's off the mark with a push through mid-wicket for one. Smith smears a single, three fielders converge and they decide against a second run. Boucher is well used to working the singles at this stage of an innings, but more great fielding from Broad and Denly on the boundary denies Smith a four. Lots of ones and twos mean it's eight from the over and Colly finishes with 1-58. SA need 110 from 72 balls. 37th over - WICKET - Duminy b Swann 24 - SA 206-4Onions off, Swann on and SA still have a batting powerplay up their sleeves, which is presumably why Strauss has to hold back Anderson and Broad. Duminy gets a leading edge against Swann, but it falls safely away from any fielders. But he falls when he misses Swann's quicker ball which goes straight on and smashes the leg stump out of the ground!From Luke S, TMS inbox: "Part VI: Return of the Hawkeye? (England really need the Force tonight to win)" 36th over - SA 205-3Wright is taken off after that expensive over and Collingwood returns, but Duminy savagely whacks him for his first four. He prods a quick single to third man, the throw to the striker's end is a direct hit and once more they put the question to the third umpire, but Smith is well in. And the Proteas skipper reaches his eighth ODI hundred by square-cutting another four through backward point. A single ensures he keeps the strike, and somehow I can hear the sound of the wheels coming off England's wagon.35th over - SA 195-3Smith, on 93, straight-drives Onions back past the bowler for four, then hammers two more to bring up the fifty stand. Having reached 98, the Proteas skipper is now the leading scorer in the tournament, overtaking Mahela Jayawardene. Duminy works a two and a single, then Smith aims a big on-drive but can only manage one to the boundary sweeper. He has 99, Duminy pinches the strike and has 20.From Stefan, in Holland rooting for England, TMS inbox: "Time for Episode V - The Umpire Strikes Back"34th over - SA 185-3Colly's off after taking 1-40 from eight overs and Luke Wright returns. Will the Force be with Luke against the Smith? Not by the look of it - Smith crashes him for four through backward point (SA's first boundary for 63 balls) before steering two more through the covers. Short and wide from Wright, and Smith blasts another single, while Duminy adds another. A single takes Smith to 92, nine runs from an expensive Wright over. Control, Luke. You must learn control. Try not . Do, or do not - there is no try. "There is the real Shah, the one that scored 98 was an imposter"33rd over - SA 176-3Ntini the waterboy is on again to give Smith a drink before Duminy on-drives at Onions and a great stop by Wright restricts him to two. (I nearly typed "great strop" there, plenty of people will have a "great strop" at Shah if Smith goes on to win this for South Africa - despite his 98). A single takes Duminy to 15, then Onions has a long, exaggerated appeal as Smith is hit on the pad. Umpire Davis shakes his head, but Hawk-Eye thinks it might have hit the top of the stumps. Make that "My Charmed Life, Part IV: A New Hope" (for South Africa) - Part III could have been "Revenge of the Smith".32nd over - DROPPED CATCH - SA 172-3"My Charmed Life, by Graeme Smith", Part III: The Proteas skipper hoists Colly to deep mid-on, where Owais Shah gets it in both hands... and puts the chance down. Dear, oh dear. Rather sheepishly, South Africa manage four from the over - the required run rate is up to 8.44.From Lee in Dewsbury, TMS inbox: "If you double the 30-over score, it's going to be a close one tonight"31st over - SA 168-3This could be a key moment for South Africa - right-arm seamer Graham Onions, who bowled three expensive overs with the new ball, returns in place of Swann. Smith nearly chops on, he's lived a bit of a charmed life today but a single takes him to 81. Duminy forces one off his legs, Smith nicks the strike but that's a much better over from Durham's Onions.30th over - SA 165-3Colly in for his seventh over - he has 1-31 from his first six. The boundaries have dried up completely for the left-handed batting pair since ABDV's departure, they can only manage five runs from the over.From Tom Flynn, TMS inbox: "Lovely to know Martin MJS [25th over] knows the exact date you last used one of his e-mails. A cherished memory, clearly"29th over - SA 160-3Swann is quickly through his over, but South Africa keep pressing the ones and twos - eight runs from the over, and the required rate is nearly up to eight.28th over - SA 152-3England's "ballsmanship" (Henry Blofeld's phrase for a fielding side complaining about the state of the ball) succeeds as fourth umpire Asad Rauf comes out with a black briefcase containing replacement balls. One is selected and Smith'n'JP manage a single from every ball of Colly's over. Meanwhile, we've worked out that Sri Lanka's players, minus the aforementioned portion of their match fees, will be cheering for England - as a South Africa win will eliminate Sri Lanka and see the Proteas through to the semi-finals along with the winners of England v New Zealand.27th over - SA 146-3Smith nurdles a single from Swann, bringing fellow left-hander Duminy on strike. He's scored nought and 11 so far in this tournament, and is off the mark with a single. Smith powerfully forces one off his legs to keep the strike. And to add insult to injury from earlier today, Sri Lanka's players have been fined 10% of their match fees for a slow over-rate during their defeat by New Zealand, with captain Kumar Sangakkara fined 20%.26th over - SA 143-3JP Duminy is the new batsman, Smith rounds off the over with a single. 25.5 overs - WICKET - De Villiers c Denly b Collingwood 36 - SA 142-3The match ball is very discoloured as Colly tosses it from hand to hand, very green/brown. Smith guides a well-run two to Shah at long-on and the Proteas pair keep plugging the singles, but then ABDV goes for the big one against Colly and it's safely held by Denly on the mid-wicket boundary!

25th over - MISSED STUMPING - SA 137-2Oh, the one time England don't have a specialist wicketkeeper... Smith charges miles down the track to Swann, the ball hits his pad and trickles through but stand-in stumper Eoin Morgan can't gather the ball cleanly, it squirms out of his glove and Smith can get back into his crease. Reprieved, Smith adds a two and two singles to reach 63, AB manages one to take his score to 35. England were 124-2 at this stage.24th over - SA 131-2Smith works Colly for two off his legs, while ABDV takes time out to retie his shoelaces. Smith continues his "step to leg against Colly" tactic, forcing a single through the covers. ABDV, who is batting with a small blue flannel tucked into his waistband, guides a careful one to long-on. Smith looks annoyed with himself as he fails to make proper contact with one down the leg side and can only run one.From Joel Jenkins, TMS inbox: "On my way home from Devon with only your updates and a copy of 'Sea Trout Fishing' by Hugh Falkus to entertain myself. I'll be honest you're edging it, Mark. Although if we don't get some more wickets soon I may give Hugh a go"23rd over - SA 127-2The required run rate is up to 7.25 for the Proteas as ABDV smashes a single to long-on before Smith is befuddled by Swann's change of pace. He hits a single down the ground, then AB aims another big hit to wide long-on, Wright's diving stop prevents the boundary... but the ball still evades Bopara and dribbles over the rope for four! Poor Ravi, nothing's gone right for him tonight, any time the ball's gone anywhere near him.22nd over - SA 121-2Cap'n Smith is brought a drink of water by 12th man Makhaya Ntini, before he and ABDV tuck into Colly again but manage just two singles and a leg bye. "Lots of banging outside my box - the fridge that was full of bottled water is suddenly being refilled with beer! Never normally happens..."21st over - SA 118-2England turn to spin in the shape of Graeme Swann - after a single from De Villiers, Smith majestically blasts two successive fours - the second of which is rather fortunate after a misfield by Broad on the boundary - to reach his 40th ODI half century. Two more singles round off an expensive first over for the Notts off-spinner.From Dave, Washington, TMS inbox: "About the wicketkeeper, why have you all forgotten about Phil Mustard of Durham, a good batsman too"Haven't forgotten, Dave - I thought "The Colonel" played really well in those ODIs in New Zealand, and was prematurely jettisoned for the spurious reason that they wanted the same keeper in ODIs and Tests. (If I recall correctly, the keeper in question, Tiny Tim Ambrose, made a total of 10 runs in five ODI innings that summer and has never played an ODI again).20th over - SA 107-2A bit of cat and mouse as Smith again steps back towards square leg but Colly tries to cramp him for room, and he steers a single to long-off. De Villiers shows his pedigree with a cover-driven four straight out of the MCC coaching manual (or should that be the ABDV coaching manual). A single takes him to 24, that's six an over from each of Colly's first two offerings.19th over - SA 101-2ABDV and Smith milk Wright successfully for a couple of singles, then ABDV drops the ball towards backward point and sets off, Colly comes in and rather than picking up the ball and aiming from close range, kicks it at the stumps with his right boot and hits! Not sure whether he's hoping for a contract with his beloved Sunderland, but although it's referred to the third umpire, Smith has easily made his ground. The Proteas skipper adds a two and a single to take his score to 44.From Dave, TMS inbox: "In reply to Seb of Somerset [15th over] re: the England keeper debate, surely Kieswetter should qualify on the 'he is not English' rule which is serving England so well?"18th over - SA 95-2Having been denied another stint as replacement wicketkeeper, Paul Collingwood gets a chance to bowl - Morgan is standing up to the stumps to Colly's right-arm medium pace and has donned a helmet. Colly goes round the wicket to Smith, who carefully dabs a single to third man. De Villiers on-drives for one, then Smith steps way back outside his stumps to smear a single to the cover boundary. Good placement from ABDV looks set to bring him four more towards cow corner, but the diving Broad and the scampering Denly cut off the boundary. Smith has 40, ABDV has 17.