20 Jun 2013

England cruise into Champions Trophy semis

6:47 am on 20 June 2013

The hosts England have cruised into the final of the Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament with a one-sided win over the pre-tournament favourites South Africa at the Oval in London.

South Africa did well to reach 175 after they lost both openers Colin Ingram and Hashim Amla off the first 10 deliveries of the match, and they were reduced to an embarassing 80 for eight in the 23rd over.

But David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt smashed a South African record ninth wicket stand of 95 runs to give the score some respectability.

England lost only three wickets in achieving their target, with Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 82.

The second semi-final between world champions India and Sri Lanka is tonight in Cardiff.