3 Aug 2008

Smith guides South Africa to series win

7:24 am on 3 August 2008

The South African cricket captain Graeme Smith,scoring 154 not out, has lead his team to a five-wicket victory over England in the third test at Edgbaston.

South Africa, set 281 to win and with it the four-match series, reached 283 for five in fading light on day four.

The Proteas claimed their first series win in England since 1965, though they did not play international cricket from 1970 to 1991 because of the country's isolation.

They surrendered series leads in 1994, 1998 and 2003.

South Africa started brightly when reaching 65 for no loss but they slumped to 93 for four.

Earlier, yesterday's batting hero Paul Collingwood took his overnight century on to 135 before he was the last man out as England lost their last three wickets for two runs.

The fourth test, now a dead game, starts at The Oval on Thursday.