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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 20, 2013
LONDON---England eased into the
Champions Trophy final after fin-
ishing off South Africa in a semifinal
at The Oval yesterday that had all
the tension of a practice session.
After dispatching South Africa for
175 in 39 overs, letting the Proteas
slip out from a parlous 80-8, England
could still afford to take its sweet time
before a subdued, near-capacity
The unfussed English eventually
bagged the winning runs in 38 overs
with seven wickets to spare.
Jonathan Trott and Joe Root com-
bined for 105 to steer England to the
brink of the victory. The indispensable
Trott hit the winning runs with his
11th boundary in 82 not out off 84
balls. Root made 48.
But this was really the bowlers' vic-
tory, when they exploited ideal over-
cast and muggy conditions to tear
apart the Proteas in the morning and
rob all tension from the rest of the
Offspinner James Tredwell, the
backup to the injured Graeme Swann,
was named man of the match for
returning 3-19 and assisting in a run
out. But it was fast bowler James
Anderson who began the rout in the
day's first over and took 2-14.
"If you'd said we'd win by seven
wickets by 5 o'clock when we were
walking to the ground, we'd have
laughed at you," England captain Alas-
tair Cook said. "It was a good toss to
win. It was the first time the white
ball swung conventionally in this tour-
nament, probably down to the muggy
conditions. When it swings like that,
there's no other bowler in the world
you want out there than Jimmy. And
the others supported him."
Title favourite India or Sri Lanka
will join England in the final on Sun-
day at Birmingham, where the hosts
will try to win their first major one-
day international title.
"This England side has delivered
when the chips are down and the
pressure is at its highest," Cook said.
"We hope its our time."
England's only previous Trophy
final was also on home soil in 2004,
when West Indies came from behind
Only a South Africa-record, ninth-
wicket stand of 95 between David
Miller and Rory Kleinveldt spared
them from utter humiliation. A battery
without the fearsome but injured Dale
Steyn couldn't defend 175 in better
batting conditions in the afternoon,
and in South Africa's notorious post-
apartheid history of major events, it
was another scar to add to chokes in
the World Cup semifinals in 1999
and 2007, the quarterfinals in 2011,
and the Champions Trophy semis in
2000 and 2002.
Kirsten, who returned to his home-
land after helping India win the 2011
World Cup, decided long ago to bow
out after this tournament. He believed
the batsmen would lead the way to
South Africa's second Trophy after
winning the first in 1998.
But captain AB de Villiers and
Hashim Amla, the world's two leading
batsmen in one-day internationals,
scored only one run between them
Amla, with an average of 56, was
second out for 1 in the second over,
nicking Steven Finn and giving wick-
etkeeper Jos Buttler the first of his
Finn, No 2 in the ODI bowler rank-
ings, made his first tournament
appearance only after Tim Bresnan
returned home for the overdue birth
of his first child, a boy.
De Villiers, with an average of 50,
was fourth out for a duck, giving an
edge to Stuart Broad at 50-4. After
less than 23 overs, they were 80-8.
Miller was stranded on 56, after
Kleinvedlt notched a career-best 43
in their late stand.
"To be blown away with the bat
with the quality of batting in our line-
up is very disappointing," Kirsten said.
He admired the Cape Town-born
Trott, saying he batted the way they
"I don't think they choked," Cook
said. "We didn't allow them to play."
England into Champions Trophy final
H Amla c Buttler b Finn
C Ingram lbw b Anderson
R Peterson lbw b Anderson
F du Plessis c Buttler b Tredwell 26
AB de Villiers c Buttler b Broad
JP Duminy b Tredwell
D Miller not out
R McLaren run out
C Morris c Buttler b Tredwell
R Kleinveldt c Buttler b Broad
L Tsotsobe c Buttler b Broad
Extras: (6w, 6lb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-4, 3-45, 4-50, 5-63,
6-70, 7-76, 8-80, 9-175.
Bowling: James Anderson 8-1-14-2,
Steven Finn 8-1-45-1, Stuart Broad 8.4-
0-50-3, James Tredwell 7-1-19-3, Joe
Root 3-0-22-0, Ravi Bopara 4-0-19-0.
Alastair Cook c de Villiers
Ian Bell c de Villiers b Kleinveldt 20
Jonathan Trott not out
Joe Root b Duminy
Eoin Morgan not out
Extras: (4w, 4lb)
TOTAL: (for 3 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-41, 3-146.
Bowling: Chris Morris 8-1-38-1 (3w),
Robin Peterson 9.3-1-49-0, JP Duminy 5-
0-27-1, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 5-0-26-0,
Rory Kleinveldt 4-0-10-1, Ryan McLaren
Result: England won by 7 wickets.
Man of the match: James Tredwell.
Toss: won by England.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka,
and Rod Tucker, Australia.
TV Umpire: Bruce Oxenford, Australia.
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath, India
St Johns---The West Indies Cricket
Board and the West Indies Players
Association yesterday formally
announced a historic partnership
to stage an awards ceremony hon-
ouring the best performances by
West Indian players, in both region-
al and international cricket, for the
2012 calendar year.
The leadership of both the WICB
and Wipa have been in discussions
regarding several joint initiatives,
and they have agreed to collaborate
on the staging this year's ceremo-
"The WICB had been planning a
ceremony to honour the winning
team from the ICC T20 World Cup,"
said WICB CEO, Michael Muirhead.
"It makes good sense from any
angle for Wipa and us to stage the
tenth anniversary of this event jointly.
As part of the overall plan to re-
position cricket, we think the col-
laborative approach is more attractive
to the corporate sector and cricket
fans. The awards present a fantastic
opportunity for the partnership to
grow even more."
This year's event will be known
as the WICB/Wipa Annual Player
Awards Ceremony, and will see four-
teen categories of awards presented
on the evening, along with a special
presentation to the winning West
Indies World Twenty20 team mem-
Two new awards will also be
included among the 14---the WICB
Lifetime Achievement Award and
the Wipa Lifetime Achievement
The event will be held during the
T&T leg of the Celkon Mobile Cup,
on July 4, in the Grand Ballroom of
the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-
of-Spain. It is expected to be broad-
cast live on regional television sta-
tions. Both WICB and Wipa are
currently in discussions with poten-
tial commercial partners, and expect
to make an announcement regarding
these discussions in the next few
Both WICB and Wipa have agreed
to use a part of the net proceeds
from the event to fund an initiative
which will be for the benefit of past
players, and these details will be
announced in the near future.
The sale of tickets, both corporate
and individual, has already begun,
and Wipa CEO Michael Hall is
encouraging the support of corporate
T&T in this regard.
For the past nine years Wipa had
staged the awards ceremony on its
own through sponsorship support
from First Citizens Bank in T&T.
Regrettably First Citizens recently
advised Wipa of their inability to
continue this arrangement.
"We are extremely grateful to First
Citizens for their previous commit-
ment," said Wipa CEO Hall.
WICB/Wipa awards ceremony set for July 4
Simmons hit an unbeaten 51 to
steer West Indies A to a convinc-
ing five-wicket victory over Sri
Lanka A in their second T20
cricket match at the Arnos Vale
complex in St Vincent yesterday.
The Trinidadian smashed a
boundary-studded half century as
West Indies A responded with 83
for five, off 11.4 overs, chasing 82
posted by the Sri Lankans after
they were dismissed in 18.1 overs.
Simmons hurried West Indies
to victory and also posted his half
century with successive sixes, off
Niroshan Dickwella , as West
Indies reached what turned out to
be an easy target with eight overs
to spare. Simmons knock came off
42 balls and included five sixes
and three fours.
Captain Dwayne Smith, who
opened with Simmons, contributed
14 while the other West Indies
batsmen dismissed were Chris
Barnwell, Nkrumah Bonner and
Sri Lanka's opening batsmen
Dickwella and Udara Jayasundara
were kept in early check by West
Indies opening bowlers, spinner
Samuel Badree and pacer Shannon
Gabriel, and never recovered after
losing the first wicket with three
runs on the board.
Wickets fell regularly as the vis-
itors struggled against the West
Indies bowlers and after nine overs,
Sri Lanka were 31 for five.
The innings folded as Smith had
Madura Lakmal (11 runs) trapped
LBW with the first ball of the 19th
over and after some eventful early
overs , West Indies romped to vic-
tory on the aggressive strokeplay
Offspinner Ashley Nurse (3 for
15) and seamer Kevon Cooper (2
for 17) were the leading bowlers
for West Indies.
Today's match was the second
of two T20 matches in the series.
The first was rained out on Tues-
day after just three balls were
Sri Lanka A and West Indies A
will next meet in the first of three
50-over matches in Grenada, start-
ing on Sunday. (CMC)
Windies A defeats S Lanka A in second T20 match
England's James Anderson, right, celebrates the lbw wicket of South
Africa's Colin Ingram, left, during their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal
cricket match at the Oval cricket ground in London, yesterday. England won
by seven wickets. AP PHOTO
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