Champions Trophy: England v South Africa, The Oval as it happened

Jonathan Trott hits 82 not out as England thump South Africa by seven wickets to reach the Champions Trophy final.

19 June 2013 Last updated at 17:54

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As it happened

  1. 1725: 

    That's about it from us (take a look at Sam Sheringham's match report on the website) - India-Sri Lanka promises to be a cracker in Cardiff tomorrow, Test Match Special will be on air from 1015 BST and there will also be updates on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Asian Network - while Justin Goulding will be on live text duty.

    But set your alarms and book that babysitter for Sunday - can England claim that much-prized maiden 50-over trophy, and on home soil to boot? Make sure you join us for both games of what has been quite a fun tournament - and enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2.  

    England batsman Jonathan Trott: "You could be slightly disappointed with the amount of runs from 80-8 but the batters held their nerve, Joe Root played very well and I was very happy to get some runs. We held our chances and that's important in one-day cricket. We haven't won a toss, I think today was our first, and sometimes that can be crucial.

    "Sunday should be a great spectacle and we've got a great chance. I'm happy to be part of a winning team, a lot of people can get caught up in strike-rates but you've got to look at the end of a series or a tournament and how many you've won. That's why we play the game, your personal achievements don't really count, there's no better feeling than being in a dressing room with a bunch of guys with smiles on their faces. We've got to play 100 overs of good cricket on Sunday and I think we'll win, we've got some level-headed guys and it should be a good game."

  3.  

    HarryFreeman: Trott, you may be a boring batsman at times but you have been absolute class in the Champions Trophy!

  4.  
    MAN OF THE MATCH

    Man of the match James Tredwell: "It depends what sort of wicket you come across here, today there was a bit of skid and the odd one turned so that was good. I've been in and around different squads in the last few years but it's been good to play a few games. If they're three or four down by the time I come on, so much the better."

  5.  

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It's what you want in a semi-final, it was a good toss to win but you've still got to execute those plans and it was an outstanding performance again. It hasn't swung conventionally but when it does Jimmy Anderson is the best in the world and that was an outstanding opening spell. To win any tournament you need everyone contributing at different times, Jos with some great keeping, and Tredders is so reliable.

    "Hopefully India and Sri Lanka can have a tight game tomorrow and knock themselves about a bit and we can stay fresh, we don't mind who we play as we're very lucky to have our home support, which has been great today."

  6.  

    Andrew Murphy: Who'd have thought with how bad England were in the ODIs against New Zealand and against Sri Lanka we'd make the final!

  7.  

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "I won't say the toss was that important, we didn't play well, we were under pressure from the word go and you have to give credit to the English bowlers. There were sparks of life from David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt, I'm especially proud of them as they kept fighting to the end. But we weren't good enough in the top order. It was probably one of the toughest team selections we've made, it's easy to look back and say we should have played another guy.

    "We tried everything with the ball, we just couldn't get that breakthrough and get four, five and six. There are no excuses - I believe we have the talent and the potential to have won this tournament, but we didn't play well enough. It's been a great tournament, nice and short and sweet, and the best teams come up on top."

  8.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Was it nerves from South Africa? It was a strange innings - they recovered at the end but the top order, not many were got out. The captain AB de Villiers, often he plays that shot and it goes for four but in the situation of the game when he was on nought, was that necessary? And without Dale Steyn you were thinking who is the dynamic wicket-taker, and there wasn't one.

    "I've always valued Jonathan Trott as a one-day batsman. People say about what he doesn't do but let's talk about what he does do and when he scores runs England usually win."

  9. 1705: 
    AB de Villiers

    So, a disappointing day for AB de Villiers and South Africa - and no doubt the debate about their performance in semi-finals will continue.

  10.  

    J Cunningham: Anyone going to mention the fact that Trott's 82 runs came from only 84 balls? Not bad in a situation "made for him".

  11.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "A totally assured win from England, and they will go into their second Champions Trophy final with danders up and confidence high. Their main bowlers are bang on form, the batsmen happy with their strategies. Whether it is India or Sri Lanka they meet at Edgbaston on Sunday, they will seldom have more serendipitous circumstances under which to securing that first global one-day international title. For South Africa this crushing seven-wicket defeat will be a bitter disappointment. From the fifth ball of the match they were behind, and never recovered to put England under serious pressure. So one-sided was the contest that many in the crowd had strolled away through the gates well before the winning runs were struck."

  12.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Set up up by a combination of very good bowling and nervy South African batting that never quite overcame that start, it looked as though it might be all over by lunchtime. As is usually the case, there was a stand. But England have knocked off the runs in the sunshine with 12.3 overs to go, funny how these semi-finals can go, sometimes they can get to one team."

  13.  

    Matt Hicks: Got a very disgruntled South African next to me at work... I kept him updated on proceedings!

  14. 1700: 

    So, to add to the World Cup finals of 1979, 1987 and 1992, the Champions Trophy final of 2004 and the World Twenty20 final of 2010, England have reached the final of a global ICC tournament for the sixth time. They will play the winners of tomorrow's second semi (India or Sri Lanka) in the final at Edgbaston on Sunday.

  15. 1659: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    ENGLAND BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BY SEVEN WICKETS (WITH 12.3 OVERS TO SPARE) TO REACH ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY FINAL

  16. 37.3 overs: 
    Eng 179-3

    Would you believe, with the scores level, Trott takes a fresh guard and plays an immaculate forward defensive to Peterson! Finally, off the third ball of the over, he threads the ball expertly for four through extra cover to finsh unbeaten on 82.

  17.  

    Will, TMS inbox: If Trott was given the same level of trust and support that Amla is he could go about his run making in a similar manner to Hashim - quietly efficient - without the nagging doubt provided by dissenting fans.

  18. 37 overs: 
    Eng 175-3

    Morris back on for his seventh over, Morgan will be looking for a "not out" here after his recent run and waiting for the ball to hit - savagely cutting a four through square cover. Five to win. The last ball is a full toss which Morgan punches through the covers to level the scores. And it will be Trott to seal the deal.

  19.  
    Jonathan Trott

    Who would be your man of the match? Does Trott's run-out put him in contention, or should it be a bowler?

  20. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 167-3

    Here's the one remaining thing that could trigger a shock England collapse - the batting powerplay, which has been taken at the last possible time. Morgan leans forward and reverse-sweeps the recalled Peterson for two. He pushes a quick single, Trott taps it to long-on and with Tsotsobe in pursuit, who's not the quickest, they run two. A single takes him to 78, Morgan swats a three backward of point, and it's now nine needed - England could do this in two shots.

  21.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Interesting call for man of the match. Could be Tredwell with 3-19. And what about Buttler with six catches - but they don't give it to keepers."

  22.  

    David, bored in the City: Re Danny Payne [32 overs] - shoo-in, not shoe-in, please!

  23. 35 overs: 
    Eng 158-3

    Tsotsobe from the Pavilion End, you wouldn't think from Trott's demeanour that England only need 26 more to reach the final - he's still operating at his own pace, driving "Lopsy" for two fours, one each side of the bowler. The unflappable Warwickshire right-hander has 75 from 79 balls.

  24.  

    Craig Knaggs, TMS inbox: Lonwabo Tsotsobe may have something to hide judging by his anagram of "stole two baboons".

  25. 34 overs: 
    Eng 150-3

    Trott pushes Duminy for one, Morgan is off the mark with a single and Trott happily moves to 67 (from 73 balls) with a single off his legs.

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    Benji, Nottingham, via text on 81111: Re: Graham, 30 overs. The team I play for would need a lot of hats...

  27.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd probably put my last penny on Trott being not out at the end of this game. In group games, net run rate is a factor so you have to win as quickly as possible, but that's not a factor here. And I think the Severn Bridge will be quite busy tomorrow morning with the Indian fans heading to Cardiff."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  28. 33 overs: 
    Eng 147-3

    So, Eoin Morgan to the wicket, not in the best of form, while South Africa take the chance to bring back Tsotsobe. Trott moves on with a single, the left-handed Morgan takes guard and is happy to see off the rest of the over. England need 29 from a positively gargantuan 102 balls.

  29.  
    Joe Root and Jonathan Trott

    Paul Clarke: Trott the runmaker, Root the anchor? Has the world been flipped on its head?

  30.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't mind people playing shots like that, but Root could have walked off 75 not out, while Trott will end this game about 85 not out. Keep playing the shot, but play it for the right reasons - he'd already taken 10 runs off that over, but got greedy and paid the ultimate penalty."

  31. 32 overs: 
    WICKET- Root b Duminy 48 (Eng 146-3)

    Duminy, who will finish this summer on this ground as Surrey's overseas player for the last part of the season, has changed ends but Root comes down the track to smack a four over the bowler's head. Short, wide, and Root drags it to mid-wicket for four, that's the century stand. A well-run two means Root has 48 - but then just when a fifty was there for the taking, he needlessly tries a paddle-scoop and is bowled middle and leg.

  32.  

    Danny Payne: Trott surely a shoe-in for the Twenty20 team now!

  33. 31 overs: 
    Eng 136-2

    Kleinveldt replaces Duminy, but there's a slight sense of Titanic deckchair rearrangement about South Africa's bowling changes as England move inexorably towards victory. Just a Root single from the over.

  34.  

    Graeme, Bradford, via text on 81111: On the subject of ducks [Martin in Preston, 14 overs], we have a hat in my team which gets awarded on a weekly basis to whichever batsman fails to get off the mark. Perhaps some sort of similar embarrassing punishment should bestowed on the international players?

  35. 30 overs: 
    Eng 135-2 (target 176)

    More risk-free cricket from England as Root guides McLaren for a single and Trott opens the face to chip a two down to third man. McLaren tries a bouncer, but Trott effortlessly helps it down the leg side for four. The Trott strike-rate (TrottRate?) is slowly ratcheting up- he has 64 from 69 balls.

  36.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa have missed Dale Steyn, who's a game-changing bowler and a wicket-taker. You talk about James Anderson as England's number one bowler - they're probably the two best bowlers in the world."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  37.  

    Chris: Finding myself almost wanting a wicket to fall in order to generate some excitement. Almost.

  38. 29 overs: 
    Eng 128-2

    That's lovely from Root, four through the covers against Duminy, though he's nearly run out again when he guides the ball to short mid-wicket and Du Plessis turns his diving stop into a flip-over-and-throw-at-the-stumps as Root retreats to the striker's end. A two takes him to 35 - England need 48 from 21 overs, and it's hard to see them not reaching the final of a 50-over ICC competition for the first time since 2004.

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    Stuart in sunny Chipping Norton, via text on 81111: At least one top order South African batsmen is getting some runs.

  40.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a pretty hopeless position for South Africa now."

  41. 28 overs: 
    Eng 121-2

    ABDV shuffles his bowlers as McLaren replaces Peterson, but it's business as usual for England as Trott grinds out another single, and Root is up on his toes to pull a four through mid-wicket, in a very controlled manner. A single takes the young Tyke to 29 from 50 balls - Trott has 58 from 67.

  42.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm playing in a charity game with Devon Malcolm in Northampton tomorrow. He's a pretty full-on batsman these days."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  43.  

    Mark in London, via text on 81111: Re: Neil Manthorp on Trott [22nd over] - "Unflappable world-class run-machine" - I feel a T-shirt coming on.

  44. 27 overs: 
    Eng 115-2

    Morris is off as the Proteas turn back to Duminy's definitely-not-part-time-any-more-off-spin, though this is only his second over. Trott helps himself to a single, Root can't get his fellow off-spinner away but you sense England are nailed on here. There, I've jinxed them...

  45.  

    Herr Kartoffelbrot: Aren't we all very glad today that we have a batsman like Trott who can grind out these runs?

  46.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
    Jonathan Trott

    "Before Jonathan Trott's dismissal for eight against New Zealand in England's final group match, he had not scored fewer than 28 runs in any of his 17 Test or one-day innings for England this year. And still he seems to divide opinion more than any other player in this side."

  47. 26 overs: 
    TROTT FIFTY- Eng 114-2

    Peterson begins his eighth over, again he finds some turn - then Trott is rapped on the knee-roll, there's an appeal but it's turned down - and rightly so as the ball-tracker shows it was umpire's call on impact, but clearly missing the wickets. Trott moves to 49 with a two, then another four threaded through the covers brings up his 22nd ODI fifty from 64 balls. A well-run three off the last ball means it's another productive over from England - nine from it.

  48.  

    Tattz: Banter with Peterson on the boundary is legendary. Eng fan offers him a roll, "no thanks mate, I've seen your waistline".

  49. 25 overs: 
    Eng 105-2 (target 176)

    After a single from Root, umpire Tucker spreads his arms to signal a legside wide from Morris, and Trott helps another one down the leg side where Peterson makes a great sprawling stop but only saves one run as England scamper a three. Trott has 47 from 59, Root has 24 from 40 and at the halfway point of the innings, as Neil Manthorp says on TMS, "England are in complete control."

  50.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval
    JP Duminy

    "Root's shot-making and Trott's increasing assurance are slowly diluting the tension that was in the south London air half an hour ago. The atmosphere has been relaxed rather than rowdy, pleasantly pickled rather than ever panicky. With England well over halfway to their target with more than half their overs left, South Africa need to find wickets fast if they are going to stay in this tournament."

  51.  

    Richard Lord: I was given tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy final from my fiancee last Christmas - and she's a massive SA fan.

  52. 24 overs: 
    Eng 100-2

    Trott keeps plugging away with a single against Peterson, Root guides a two and then flirts with disaster again, nearly chopping onto his stumps. A single off the last ball takes the Yorkshire youngster to 23, and England to 100.

  53.  

    Mo: This better be Lonwabo Tsotsobe's last game in an SA shirt, too unfit, too slow and doesn't do anything with the ball.

  54.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "Apparently, Bjorn Borg was like John McEnroe early in his career, really angry - then something changed in one game and he became the Iceman, nothing ruffled him."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  55. 23 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 96-2

    Trott is moving up through the gears here, guiding Morris for four through the covers to bring up the fifty partnership which Trott has dominated. A single takes the Warwickshire man to 43, fortune favours Root as he gets an inside edge, ABDV has to dive to his left and gets a glove to it but the ball disappears for four. A harsh chance, but a chance...

  56.  

    Neil Burns: Trott has come in for a lot of stick in this tournament but there is no other batsman in the world I want out there right now!

  57. 22 overs: 
    Eng 87-2

    McLaren's off after four unthreatening overs and South Africa turn back to Robin Peterson's left-arm spin at the Vauxhall End. Again, there's a slip and a leg slip in for Trott, who tucks a two off his legs before blasting a short delivery through mid-wicket for four. And when the leg slip moves to leg gully, Trott guides it past his right hand for another three - Trott has 38 from 53 balls.

  58.  

    Ashley Wells: That black smoke rising above the pavilion at The Oval - do you think that means Surrey have chosen a replacement coach?

  59.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "The first time I saw Jonathan Trott was as an 18-year-old from Western Province in the nets at Newlands in Cape Town, when he was very easily riled by his team-mates. They'd try to rattle his cage as often as possible - at that age, Trott took his bowling very seriously, and having become rattled, he would sprint in and try to knock everyone's heads off by bowling fast long-hops, which weren't as fast as he thought they were. It's hard to reconcile that with the unflappable world-class run-machine that he's become."

  60. 21 overs: 
    Eng 78-2

    Morris replaces Tsotsobe, a tidy over with just a Trott single from it and Morris has 1-16 from five overs.

  61.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "England in cruise mode at the moment, Trott manipulating the ball around the field, it's never all brutal power with someone like this, but I think South Africa need to clam up the singles, and at least force the England players to play beyond their comfort zones. It's too easy for England here."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  62.  

    Ben Sutton, TMS inbox: Re: cricket races, how about a farmyard derby? Beefy the cow, Lamby the sheep, Trotty the horse and the Golden Duck who has to slope along the course like that old graphic from back in the day.

  63. 20 overs: 
    Eng 77-2 (target 176)

    Trott helps himself to a single to third man, the increasingly assured Root chops another four past backward point to reduce the deficit to less than 100.

  64.  
    Joe Root

    Jordan H in Bristol, via text on 81111: We have got to keep Trott and Root in for a while, wouldn't rely on our middle order to win us the game considering their recent form.

  65. 19 overs: 
    Ouch!- Eng 72-2

    A better start to the over from Tsotsobe at the Pavilion End, Trott moves to 27 with a single, still going about his business in his usual way. Root square-cuts his first four, then takes a nasty blow when he gets an inside edge onto the unmentionables.

  66.  

    Alastair in MK, via text on 81111: Did you know 'England' is an anagram of 'never confident of a win until the last run is scored and Root is drinking shandies in an Aussie themed pub'.

  67. 18 overs: 
    Eng 67-2

    McLaren, who bowls at a somewhat slower pace than the Formula 1 cars which share his name, begins his third over, Root and Trott help themselves to a couple of singles before Root tries to flick one off his legs and the ball scoots away for four leg byes. This stand is already worth 26.

  68.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "For me, the only way South Africa can win this match is by taking wickets. Their best bowlers have been Morris, Peterson and Duminy - the only reason I would bowl Tsotsobe is to give some footmarks to Duminy. They need to bowl the main bowlers, and need to do it fairly soon."

  69.  

    Robin Parmiter: Re: cricket races. A sack race - in which competitors dress up as sacked England captains.

    Perhaps Graeme Smith could chase them, given how many England captains he's seen off?

  70. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 61-2

    South Africa turn back to Tsotsobe, which gives Trott the excuse (as if he needs one) to take a fresh guard - Lopsy's first ball of his new spell is too wide and Trott laces it for four through the covers. England need 115 from 33 overs at a shade under three-and-a-half runs an over, and they've earned some drinks.

  71.  

    George in Berkshire, TMS inbox: I am not a big fan of anagrams but seeing that Alec Stewart quote reminded me that he is a "Rascal Tweet" now he is a summariser.

  72. 16 overs: 
    Eng 57-2

    McLaren strays with a wide, then oh dear, there's another mix-up between the wickets but both Root and Trott return to their creases unscathed. Root guides the last ball for two off his legs.

  73.  
    Jonathan Trott

    Jamie Fullalove: It's up to Trott now to send his fellow countrymen home.

  74. 15 overs: 
    Eng 55-2 (target 179)

    Root helps England past 50, threading a three through the covers, and Trott helps himself to a two off the last ball of Kleinveldt's over. He has 21 from 30 balls - and may have his eye on being about 80 not out in a winning cause here.

  75.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root would be in my team of the tournament so far, he's a useful player and he's had to innovate at times, batting behind that top three. He's a good fielder and can bowl you a few overs, too."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  76.  

    Martin in Preston, via text on 81111: How about on Test Saturdays a (golden) duck race? To honour the primary club and all that. Australian Spotted, Cape Shoveler or South African Shelduck, West Indian Whistling, or Ruddy Duck as options.

  77. 14 overs: 
    Eng 49-2

    It's right-arm seam from both ends as Ryan McLaren comes on as South Africa's sixth bowler, and Trott works a single to mid-on. Root steers to point but you really, really don't take a quick single to Faf du Plessis at point - he's one of the best fielders around. Instead, he finds a gap just to mid-off's left to double his score.

  78.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Signs that the mixture of sunshine and intoxicating beverages is taking effect as a Mexican wave curves its way around the stands of this famous south London venue. There's predictably little take-up in the Pavilion seats, much to the disappointment of the more raucous elements of the crowd."

  79.  

    Stef Johnson: Bell in 'Makes a nice 20 & gets himself out' shocker!

  80. 13 overs: 
    Eng 47-2

    Root takes strike for the first time against the burly Kleinveldt ("looks like a rugby player," notes Aggers on TMS) and is off the mark with a single to third man. Trott guides a single to fine leg to move to 18.

  81.  

    Thomas Lawlor: Re: cricket races. Someone dressed as a pie being chased by a load of Mike Gattings.

    Gatt takes over as MCC president later this year, you should change your name to Thomas Lord and suggest it to them!

  82. 12 overs: 
    Eng 45-2

    The baby-faced Joe Root is the new batsman. Peterson finds some sharp turn past Trott's forward prod - and ABDV keeps the field tight, with all 11 men in the circle, challenging Trott to hit out. Du Plessis comes in at silly point to join the slip and leg slip, and Trott breaks the shackles with a firm straight-drive past the non-striker for four.

  83.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root in now, he doesn't let the occasion get to him. 50-3 wouldn't be a crisis, but it would bring in the middle order in the form of Morgan and Buttler, who haven't set the world alight in this tournament."

  84.  

    Jason Truman: Re: anagrams: The reason Dernbach is not in the one-day squad is because of James Anderson. I quote "Jade snores, man".

  85. 11 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c De Villiers b Kleinveldt 20 (Eng 41-2)

    The fielding restrictions over, South Africa turn to the medium-fast right-arm seam of Rory Kleinveldt, to whom Proteas fans should be grateful for at least getting them past 100 when a two-digit score looked on the cards. Bell pushes a two, twirling his bat between deliveries as ever (in the manner of AJ Stewart) - but he departs to the last ball of Kleinveldt's over, nicking one to the keeper.

  86.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "With such a small total to defend, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers is keeping an attacking field in place, even bearing in mind we have been in the bowling powerplay. He knows the only way his side can realistically win is to bowl England out, and so we have both a slip and leg slip for left-arm spinner Robin Peterson. Jonathan Trott is in as much danger from himself, however - the quick single he took off Morris would have seen him run out by more than a metre had JP Duminy's underarm throw been more accurate."

  87.  

    Phill, Cheshire, TMS inbox: 'A strict choke scrum' is also an anagram of Marcus Trescothick - just wanted to get the word 'choke' in there.

  88.  
    Chris Morris and Alastair Cook

    Alastair Cook, England's leading run-scorer in the tournament, departs for six, caught behind off Chris Morris.

  89. 10 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 39-1

    Trott is hit on the pad and South Africa appeal for lbw, but Hotspot shows there was a bit of bat on that. And after Alec Stewart thought Trott fancied facing Peterson... he plays out a maiden over.

  90.  

    Greg Hobbs, TMS inbox: Trott should knock these runs off on his own… it would take him all 300 deliveries to do that mind you!

  91.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "Maybe Trott fancied a bit of Peterson with a single off the last ball? I've played with people like that who like to face a certain bowler."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  92. 9 overs: 
    Eng 39-1

    Trott tucks in to Morris, whacking a four through mid-wicket and carving a three through point to move into double figures. Bell moves to 18 with a single, while Trott remains a run-out waiting to happen - pushing a quick single to mid-wicket and if Duminy's throw had hit the stumps, he'd have been out without even needing to consult the third umpire.

  93.  

    Matt Graham: To add to the entertainment races, the Washington Nationals baseball team has a Presidents race, similar to the sausage race.

    Anyone think of any similar races cricket grounds could stage? How about a Professional Yorkshiremen race at Headingley, with mascots dressed as Sir Geoffrey, Fred Trueman, Ray Illingworth and Brian Close? Or just a Boycott Race with four mascots dressed as sticks of rhubarb running down a corridor of uncertainty onto an uncovered pitch?

  94. 8 overs: 
    Eng 30-1

    Tsotsobe's off after that expensive last over and Peterson returns. Bell moves to 17 with a two and a single, his Warwickshire team-mate Trott helps the last ball to fine leg for a single.

  95.   
    Tony Cozier, BBC Test Match Special

    "If this game is a tie, it goes to a super over. West Indies could have done with one of those against South Africa at Cardiff."

  96. 7 overs: 
    Eng 26-1

    Jonathan Trott in at three, and gives everyone the chance to catch up with that wicket by taking guard in his idiosyncratic and adjusting his pads. His first ball is a bit of a "please hit me" from Morris, half-volley on leg stump and Trott effortlessly clips it away for four.

  97.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Playing shots like that just puts pressure onto the dressing-room."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  98. 6.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c De Villiers b Morris 6 (Eng 22-1)

    Cook flashes at a short ball from Morris trying to pull him through mid-wicket, gets a faint under-edge and is caught behind.

  99.  

    Tim in Marlow, via text on 81111: Re Sam's report on the entertainment value of outfield races. The hamster wheels sound very amusing but they surely have nothing on the famous Sausage Race in the middle of the 6th inning at Milwaukee Brewers home games. Watching five giant sausage mascots - Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Hot Dog and Chorizo - hurtle round Miller Park to rapturous applause is the highlight of many an evening's baseball. Absolutely priceless.

    I enjoyed watching the Sausage Race when I went to Milwaukee a couple of years go. Great entertainment!

  100. 6 overs: 
    Eng 22-0

    Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe - nicknamed "Lopsy", which is his middle name - is into the attack, he was the top-rated ODI bowler in the ICC rankings not too long ago, but Bell confidently whips England's first boundary through the covers. Second slip moves to a short point position, Bell has a swish-and-a-miss but then connects with a firm cut shot for four off the last ball of the over.

  101.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Solid start by England, nothing too flashy, although Cook has had a few wafts outside off stump. De Villiers has got to keep changing his bowlers as he's got to take wickets."

  102. 5 overs: 
    Eng 14-0 (target 176)

    Duminy's off after one over and Morris returns, Captain Cook is watchful and plays out a maiden.

  103.  

    Adam Stevenson: Re: anagrams - Eoin Morgan sums up batting style: 'On or Enigma'. Hope Ravi Bopara doesn't: 'Bravo a Pair'.

  104. 4 overs: 
    Eng 14-0

    Bell drives Peterson for a single to long-off, Cook gets out the sweep shot for a single to Hashim Amla, who's lurking down on the square-leg boundary under a dark green floppy sunhat.

  105.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've officially declared JP Duminy as no longer a part-time spinner, earlier in the tournament. He's better than that."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  106. 3 overs: 
    Eng 12-0

    South Africa are ringing the changes early on as they turn to off-spinner JP Duminy, bowling in his sunglasses. (I'm rather surprised that ABDV isn't wearing a helmet to stand up to the stumps - considering what happened to Mark Boucher, his predecessor as SA keeper). Cook and Bell add some ones and twos - six from the over.

  107.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Busy on the warm concourses behind the stands at lunchtime. Sweating crowds listening to Brian Lara give his thoughts on a sponsor's stage; even sweatier men piling into enormous portions of rotisserie chicken and chips. Fancy dress of the afternoon so far the posse of vintage-era Bjorn Borgs, with wigs and 'taches straight from that 1980 Wimbledon tie-break."

  108.  

    William Tomaney: Shouldn't we know by now that this won't be as easy as it looks for England - nothing ever is for us in any sport.

  109. 2 overs: 
    Eng 6-0

    South Africa pull a late trick - left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe warms up and looks like he's going to take the new ball as he usually does, but instead it's left-arm spinner Robin Peterson to bowl to Bell, with a slip and a leg slip. Bell guides his first ball past leg slip for two. A single brings Captain Cook on strike, there's still a slip either side for the left-hander, who guides a single off his legs and there's a double dive as Faf du Plessis dives to field the ball and throw it in, Bell dives for his crease and even AB de Villiers behind the timbers falls over as he takes the ball.

  110.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "A little bit of momentum for South Africa after that ninth-wicket partnership, but if England keep cool heads, it should be England's game."

  111. 1 over: 
    Eng 2-0 (target 176)

    Pretoria-born Morris opens up with his right-arm seam, opening with a leg-side wide, while he tries to show a bit of aggression, hurling the ball back at the stump, though the unruffled Cook hadn't left his crease and calmly moves out of the way. Morris is lucky not to be called for a wide outside off stump - the next ball is just as wide, and is called as such. Just those two wides off the over.

  112.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "The South Africa team took to the outfield a good 15 minutes before the scheduled restart for some bowling and fielding practice. Then came a long team huddle, with AB de Villiers no doubt delivering some rousing words to his men. South Africa need to be right on the money, right from the start."

  113. 1415: 

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell remain England's opening pair for all seasons, with Chris Morris taking the new ball for the Proteas.

  114.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa are going to have to keep the fielders up here to take wickets. If they get a couple early, they're in it - if they don't, it's going to go away from them very quickly."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  115.  

    Owen Wood: This run chase should be perfect for Trott to excel.

  116. 1415: 

    South Africa's fielders are walking out, knowing that to save themselves from another semi-final disappointment, they have to restrict England to less than 175.

  117.  

    Jake Waring: James Tredwell MBE (Magnificent Bald Englishman).

  118.   
    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Sachin Tendulkar would be a fool not to know that the end has to be near for him. Personally, I think it's time for him to make the call, though I would be surprised if he doesn't go to South Africa this autumn."

  119. 1411: 

    Something else to flag up to you to stick in your diaries - on Tuesday, 2 July, Flintoff's Ashes Legends on BBC Radio 5 live includes an interview with none other than Kevin Pietersen, who's due to return to County Championship action for Surrey later this week.

  120. 1407: 
    INDIA v SRI LANKA
    Sanath Jayasuriya

    "Their bowling isn't the best, so we need to have a very good plan." Former Sri Lanka opener - and current selector Sanath Jayasuriya - pinpoints India's weakness before the second Champions Trophy semi-final at Cardiff on Thursday. "The goal was to make the semi-finals. Anything can happen now."

    TMS has full commentary of India v Sri Lanka tomorrow on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and BBC iPlayer Radio app, and via the BBC Sport website and app - with regular updates on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Asian Network.

  121.  

    Matt Warwick: People really irritate me with this 'negative captaincy' stuff. Pitch is wonderful batting, Miller and Kleinveldt played well.

  122. 1402: 
    THE ASHES
    Shaun Tait

    Australia's Ashes hopes may have been written off by many observers following their miserable Champions Trophy campaign, but Shaun Tait has a warning for England. "England are the favourites. But I'm looking forward to seeing Australia surprise a few people," the former Australia pace bowler told BBC Essex. "They've had a shocker in the Champions Trophy by Australian standards [but] the Ashes is different to playing one-day tournaments."

  123.  

    Mr Liverpool: England will choke... you heard it here first.

  124.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Bizarre scenes on The Oval outfield at lunchtime as we watch a race involving four people in what look like giant inflatable hamster wheels. The entertainment is actually offered up by a well-known tyre company but there's almost a moment of slapstick gold when one of the oversized circles tilts sharply to the left and briefly threatens to deposit its 'driver' on the turf."

  125.  

    Rachel T: Can we keep the cricket World Cup and ditch the football one?

  126.  

    Will from Glossop, via text on 81111: Re Fenners (15 overs): Trescothick is an anagram of cricket shot.

  127.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Six catches for wicketkeeper Jos Buttler in that innings - not only a riposte to those a little critical of his stumper's skills, but a stat that puts him in relatively select company. Only Alec Stewart, Matt Prior, Mark Boucher and Adam Gilchrist have also taken six snags in a one-day international. Gillie, to give him his due, did it four times."

  128. 1339: 
    INTERVAL

    Right, keep listening to TMS during the interval as they're going to be talking to ICC Champions Trophy tournament director Steve Elworthy.

    It's been an interesting debate on whether (and in which form) this tournament could continue - keep your texts, tweets and emails coming.

  129.  

    England spinner James Tredwell: "Getting those early wickets has set the game up nicely but we know it could still be a tough chase. Jimmy's spell was fantastic, it came out nicely for me and it was nice to make an impact. The wicket is still pretty true and hopefully that will be the case for the next 50 overs."

  130. 1338: 
    THAT'S A RECORD

    I can tell you that Buttler's six catches is a Champions Trophy record - beating the previous record of four, set by Nathan McCullum for New Zealand against England at Cardiff on Sunday! And it's the 12th time six have been taken in an ODI.

  131.  

    Mark Edwards, TMS inbox: I'm all in favour of continuing this tournament. Why not play some of the group matches at some of the smaller grounds?

  132. 1336: 

    Another factor of the Miller-Kleinveldt partnership is that it extended the innings - and with Tsotsobe's wicket falling a minute or two past the 1330 BST deadline, we now get a full 45-minute interval. No need for England to go in for 20 minutes or anything like that, and no need to consider employing a lunch-watchman.

  133.  

    Jed Gore: Teams would fear England more if they had an aggressive captain instead of Cook, who constantly lets opposition off the hook.

  134.  

    Tom, Surrey, via text on 81111: Loving this but can't quite enjoy it until we've had a bat... It's not like England don't have great experience of totally collapsing...

  135.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Peterson, Du Plessis and of course Miller batted well, but when Amla gets 1 and De Villiers gets 0, your side's in trouble."

  136. 38.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Tsotsobe c Buttler b Broad 0 (SA 175 all out)

    Now, the last South Africa batsman is left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe - now unlike Kleinveldt, he doesn't have any kind of batting pedigree, even in domestic cricket - and he perishes first ball as he tries to duck a bouncer and gloves it to the keeper for Buttler's sixth catch.

  137.  

    Kimbole: Hmm, seems to me that having a side at 80-8 and letting them get over 160 could be described as choking...

  138. 38.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Kleinveldt c Buttler b Broad 43 (SA 175-9)

    This stand is now the highest ninth-wicket partnership in the history of the Champions Trophy, for what it's worth - and it's ticking on as Broad sends down a wide, but finally ended at 95 as Broad sends a bouncer down the leg side and Kleinveldt gloves it to the diving Buttler who takes a fine catch - his fifth of the day.

  139.  

    Dave, London, TMS inbox: Watching the movement of Rory Kleinveldt's ample midriff on super slow-mo replays is strangely therapeutic - bit like a lava lamp. Wonder what the effect of watching the likes of Gatting, Boon and Ranatunga would be using today's technology?

  140. 38 overs: 
    SA 174-8

    Bopara, who's been less expensive than Root, continues - Miller and Kleinveldt guide a single apiece, before Miller clips a four off his legs as the pursuing Jonathan Trott slide-tackles the boundary rope and crashes into a steward's canvas picnic chair. England were pretty much having a picnic at 80-8 but are now struggling to chase away a couple of big green-and-yellow insects from their sandwiches and fizzy pop.

  141.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval
    David Miller

    "With this South Africa eighth-wicket partnership having doubled the score, the question now is at what point a recovery morphs into respectability and then a challenge. At 80-8 an England victory was a formality. They are still easy favourites, as they will be even if the target reaches 200 - but 230? 250? It's a long way off yet, but should England get off to the same troubled start when they bat as the Proteas, there'll be a few sweaty palms among their supporters."

  142.  

    Ricky Stephens: England have let SA back into this with some weak choice of bowlers. Go for the jugular, don't sit and wait for things to happen.

    Jack Byrne: Cook's negative side back on show allowing South Africa back into the game.

  143. 37 overs: 
    MILLER FIFTY - SA 168-8

    Root's off after three overs for 22, and Captain Cook tosses the ball to Broad, who has 1-40 from seven. Miller flicks a two off his legs, before flogging his fourth four just over the man at wide mid-on, and bringing up his fourth ODI fifty (from 45 balls) with a single to deep point. Somewhat surprisingly, the burly Kleinveldt is allowed a drink with two balls of the over left. Refreshed, he swats a single to third man, Miller adds another and Broad's over has cost nine runs.

  144.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "A South Africa fan, draped in his country's flag, wiggles his hips in delight as he cheers another boundary from this unlikely pair of saviours. With a first-class hundred in his back catalogue, Kleinveldt belongs firmly in the 'no mug' category."

  145.  

    Ewan Harris: This revision break to see England get the last two wickets has gone on a little longer than I envisaged.

  146. 36 overs: 
    SA 159-8

    Suddenly, it seems like an awfully long time ago that South Africa were 80-8 as another Miller single precedes another clubbed four by Kleinveldt, who moves to 41 by squirting a two to long leg. He's nearly caught Miller, who has 43.

  147.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Root goes for a few more runs in the next over, what does Cook do? With the fifth bowler's allocation being bowled by Root and Bopara together, is there anybody else who can bowl?"

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  148. 35 overs: 
    THAT'S A RECORD- SA 152-8

    Root bowls round the wicket to the left-handed Miller, who moves to 37 with a single, before the increasingly assured Kleinveldt - who has a first-class hundred to his name - clubs Root over his head for a first-bounce four. Root responds by switching to bowl round the wicket to the right-hander as well, but he adds another single. Miller hoicks a four through long-on and moves to 42 with a single - this is now South Africa's highest ninth-wicket ODI partnership and is worth 72 from 75 balls.

  149.  

    Jamie McLean, TMS inbox: Thought it was a pointless tournament before it started. Completely changed my opinion having seen fans from all over the world flocking around south London, absolutely buzzing. Some classic matches as well. Bring it to England/GB permanently please!

  150. 34 overs: 
    SA 141-8

    Kleinveldt lofts Bopara, and a low skimmer falls just short of Broad running round at long-on, but he gets down well to block off the boundary. Miller drills a single to the cover sweeper.

  151.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the circumstances, it seemed quite sensible to try to bowl South Africa out before turning to the fifth bowler."

  152. 33 overs: 
    SA 139-8

    Miller and Kleinveldt milk Root for a couple of singles, how can England land the final (two) punches they need?

  153.  

    Tom Lambert: England don't seem to like 9th wicket partnerships in the Champions Trophy. Need I mention 2004 vs West Indies?

  154.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa need to work the ball around for six singles an over here, if they try to take liberties against Bopara they could be bowled out."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  155. 32 overs: 
    SA 137-8

    A double change in the bowling as Ravi Bopara comes on with his right-arm medium pace, he'll share the fifth bowler's allocation with Root. Kleinveldt is looking less and less like a number 10, hoisting a four over the bowler's head to move to 28 - his highest ODI score (and indeed his highest international score in any format).

  156.  

    Southwest Gaz, via text on 81111: Been trying to come up with anagrams, a la Fenners [15th over], but the wickets are falling too fast! So I've gone to the end of South Africa's team sheet, while they're still batting. Seems we may need to beware of yorkers: Lonwabo Tsotsobe = Bowls at one's boot.

  157.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "Any chance South Africa can change their mind about Steyn now, or is it too late?"

  158. 31 overs: 
    SA 133-8

    England belatedly turn to Joe Root's part-time off-spin as their fifth bowler - Kleinveldt has a look at a couple, pushes a two then brings the fifty partnership up in some style by mowing a six over mid-wicket! A single takes him to 24 from 35 balls. Miller, who defends the last delivery, has 34 from 32.

  159.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think you can choke at five past 11 in the morning. You choke at the end of a game when you're in a winning position."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  160. 30 overs: 
    SA 124-8

    Play resumes with Broad bowling his seventh over, Miller and Kleinveldt plunder four singles without too much trouble - the Notts quick bowler hasn't quite been at peak performance today.

  161.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think South Africa need to reassess the selection of their squad - why is Vernon Philander not in the squad, for instance? Everybody I know came up to me in the first week of the tournament and asked that."

  162.  

    Chris Henderson: Can we suggest a Morgan-Buttler opening combo, knock the total off quick smart and suggest a cheeky afternoon T20?

    You want the international equivalent of a beer match?

  163.   
    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "If this innings ends before 1.30pm, there will be a 10-minute break and England will bat until 2 o'clock - then we get the full 45-minute lunch break."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  164. 29 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- SA 120-8

    With the powerplay concluded, England keep their last two Anderson overs up their sleeve and Tredwell returns. But Alec and Aggers on TMS have noticed that with England not having used a fifth bowler yet, we may see a lot of Bopara and Root in the last few overs if England can't find these last few wickets. Tredwell sends down five dot balls before Kleinveldt tries to smear him to leg - they run two leg byes, so it's a maiden over for Tredders and time for drinks.

  165.  

    Chris Parker: Even at 105-8 Broad's figures are only average.

    Broad now has 1-36 from six overs...

  166. 28 overs: 
    SA 118-8

    While Alec Stewart playfully asks Aggers on TMS if he'd consider coming out of retirement to play if Surrey suffer any injuries, Broad replaces Finn for the last over of the powerplay, and opens with a legside wide. Miller guides a single to mid-on, Kleinveldt edges one down to third man and Miller nurdles a single to Trott patrolling down at fine leg. When Broad drops it short, Kleinveldt pulls but the ball can't quite reach the cow corner boundary and they run three. Bit of width from Broad, and Miller slices it over point for six!

  167.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Right, time for lunch," declares a portly fellow in the stands before heading off to size up the various edibles on offer on The Oval concourses. Is this a lull? I suppose in the context of a match in which eight wickets fell in the first 23 overs it is."

  168.  

    Peter from Bristol, via text on 81111: Why can't we keep the Champions Trophy, drop the 50-over World Cup, and open up the World T20 to more teams because we're more likely to see upsets in the shorter format and we'd see less one-sided contests over 50 overs?

  169. 27 overs: 
    SA 105-8

    Tredwell's off after taking a bit of Miller-time punishment last over, and England turn back to James Anderson who usually bowls for them in powerplays - can England go for the jugular here? Miller manages a single, Kleinveldt dabs a two to third man.

  170.  

    Katie Levick: Think the England lads should stay clear of wigs and Walkabout tonight, could be some angry South Africans about.

  171.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special
    David Miller

    "It's been an incredible performance. South Africa have played some rash shots, England have bowled well and Buttler has caught well behind the stumps. I don't like to use the word 'chokers', but South Africa just haven't turned up. It's as though they've got a plane to catch from Heathrow at 5.30. The crowd are a bit subdued - most of them want to see England win, but they want to see a good game."

  172. 26 overs: 
    SA 102-8

    Finn brings the South African century up with a wide, Kleinveldt slogs a single and the left-handed Miller pops one into the covers to retain the strike.

  173.  

    James, Eastcote, via text on 81111: Do those there get their money back if they don't see a certain number of overs?!

    Only if weather restricts play - not if bad batting does!

  174.  
    NOT OUT

    That review call came very late - not a no-ball, well behind the line, now was it going down the leg side? Impact in line, but it's "umpire's call" for clipping leg stump, so Kleinveldt survives.

  175.  
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    Miller pulls Finn for four and knocks a single to wide mid-on, although a hesitation between the wickets even raises the spectre of another run-out. Kleinveldt is hit on the pad, decent appeal - and belatedly, England call for a review.

  176.  

    Tom in Banbury, via text on 81111: The only issue I can see with having the Champions Trophy mainly in England/Wales would be that the international teams would become much better at playing in our conditions - do we really want to risk surrendering our advantage?

  177.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a strange morning. A dreadful batting performance. Is it nerves?"

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  178. 25 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SA 94-8

    Tredwell to continue, with 3-12 from his first five overs (if he'd reviewed that early lbw it could have been four). Miller pokes a single, and somewhat surprisingly there are no close fielders for Kleinveldt, the Proteas' number 10. He's hit on the pad, Tredders and Butler appeal for lbw but there's nothing doing. Kleinveldt skips down the track and is off the mark with a lofted first-bounce four through long-off, while a two means it's an uncharacteristically expensive over from the spinner. And we're only halfway through the innings...

  179.  

    Sarah in Bristol, via text on 81111: Would love this tournament to continue, I took my teenagers to the SA-WI game in Cardiff, despite the delay we all got to see some brilliant cricketers, at a very reasonable price.

  180. 24 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- SA 87-8

    Interesting move - South Africa take the batting powerplay and David Miller is obviously planning to take matters into his own hands with the field (mostly) up, launching Finn for an enormous straight six. At least SA are well past their lowest ODI score (69 against Australia in Sydney in 1993) and their second lowest (83 against England at Trent Bridge in 2008). Miller moves to 16 with a single, but SA are still in contention for only their third sub-100 ODI total.

  181.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval
    Faf du Plessis

    "With South Africa in a dreadful - and possibly terminal - mess with more than half their overs still to go, the 'c' word will inevitably be bandied about.

    "Choke? Should the remaining men score at six an over, they could still theoretically post a total of 256 - but memories of previous ODI tournament defeats, not only to Sri Lanka at home in 2003, Australia in the World Cup of 1999 and England back in 1992, but against New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup, are being revived with every wicket that tumbles. As the eighth wicket falls, an England supporter in the ground stands up and pretends to throttle himself. No words are needed."

  182.  

    Kai Pritchard: Obviously the England lads have got plans tonight, looking to get this one wrapped up early.

    Daniel McCoach: I'm thinking that Tredwell is England's Stuart MacGill.

  183. 23 overs: 
    SA 80-8

    Rory Kleinveldt is the new batsman but he's primarily a bowler, he averages 10.80 with the bat from eight ODIs (and some of us remember his eminently forgettable brief stint as a Kolpak for Hampshire). At least he survives the over.

  184.  

    Dale Gosling: Taken a half day to watch the cricket, looks like I'll be watching mainly highlights if SA carry on like this!

  185.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Good line, good length and another good catch by Buttler behind the stumps. Every ball that England bowl looks like a potential crackerjack."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  186. 22.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Morris c Buttler b Tredwell 3 (SA 80-8)

    Chris Morris is another unfamiliar figure, playing only his third ODI - and after pushing Tredwell for two, he becomes the spinner's third victim as he plays for turn that wasn't there and nicks a catch to the keeper. This is becoming a procession.

  187.  

    Mike Bell, Ashford, TMS inbox: Re: 'NoFinn Compares to You' (Robin Parmiter, 9 overs). In the 80s when we played club cricket, if anyone bowled a wicket maiden, we'd call it a 'Glad All'. (aka a 'Glad All' over).

  188. 22 overs: 
    SA 78-7

    No sign yet of a fifth bowler - frankly, England might not need one at this rate - as Finn steams in for his sixth over and it's a far cry from Miller's usual T20 biffing modus operandi as Finn completes a maiden over. He has 1-30 from six, while Tredwell has 2-10 from four.

  189.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Big-hitter David Miller boasts a strike-rate of 101.85 from 23 one-day internationals. He played for Yorkshire in last year's FLt20 and Champions League but has ruled out a return this season because he wants to put his feet up ahead of his country's one-day and Twenty20 tour of Sri Lanka."

  190.  

    Jack in London, via text on 81111: Re: whether this should be the last Champions Trophy, if it's a choice between it and the proposed Test Championship then it has to go. Could they find a way of fitting both in? Or maybe just get rid of the current World Cup and make this the new World Cup? It's a better tournament, shorter, more enjoyable and better standard.

  191. 21 overs: 
    SA 78-7

    Chris Morris is the new batsman, he's off the mark with a single and Miller nicks the strike. Yes, do not adjust your TV set/computer/mobile/stick of rhubarb - South Africa are 78-7 after only 21 overs.

  192.  

    Lewis Edwards: Feel for Tredwell. An honest, wholehearted performer who rarely lets the team down but can't get a game when Swann is fit.

    Jack Mendel: Tredwellitharan! In ODIs: Swann in 2012 - 8 wkts @ 36. Tredwell in 2012 - 7 wkts @ 19. Swann in 2013 - 6 wkts @ 51. Tredwell in 2013 - 16 wkts @20.

  193.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I want to give that wicket to the spinner. That turned sharply and it should have been given out stumped by first slip!"

  194. 20.2 overs: 
    WICKET- McLaren run out (Trott direct hit) 1 (SA 76-7)

    McLaren comes down the track to his ex-Kent team-mate Tredwell, misses at one that flicks his pad, and is run out with a direct underarm throw from Jonathan Trott at slip!

  195. 20 overs: 
    SA 76-6

    You're reading the score correctly - there are 31 overs left, and South Africa only have four wickets left. Miller is off the mark, squeezing Finn for a four past point. Two singles mean Miller has eight, and McLaren (who also has county experience, notably with Kent but also with Middlesex) is off the mark with one.

  196.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
     James Tredwell and Jos Buttler

    "I was lurking at the back of the Test Match Special box when spinner James Tredwell was brought on and there were audible groans from Phil Tufnell and Alec Stewart, who wanted to see captain Cook go for the jugular by pressing on with the seam attack. Not for the first time in his short international career, however, Tredders is showing he's far more than just an occasional stand-in for Graeme Swann. That was the Kent man's 28th wicket in his 18th one-day international at an average of 24.07."

  197.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Play out a couple of maidens, just try to get yourself to 150 and at least you'll have something to bowl at. You just need to stop losing wickets."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  198. 19 overs: 
    SA 70-6

    What was that phrase Graeme Swann used to say? "Never pat a burning dog, and never cut a spinner"? Ryan McLaren is the new batsman, he's the fifth left-hander in the top eight.

  199.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "The ominous, lurking threat of maximus dampus squibbus is now upon us. South Africa are sinking."

  200. 18.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Du Plessis c Buttler b Tredwell 26 (SA 70-6)

    The balding Tredwell in for his third over, Du Plessis guides a single to leg, and the left-handed Miller is off the mark with a well-run three as Finn and Bopara pursue it to the mid-wicket boundary. Then Du Plessis cuts and gets an edge behind - another wicket for Tredwell!

  201.   
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at The Oval
    James Anderson

    "Seven overs on the bounce from James Anderson, and he has bowled beautifully this morning - two scalps and just 11 runs conceded. His dismissal of Colin Ingram in the first over was an old Anderson favourite - big outswinger, followed by a straighter one that held its own to beat the bat - and the same out-in combo did for the threatening Robin Peterson. Skipper Alastair Cook may well have kept him going to have a go at his opposite number AB de Villiers, but Broad's sucker-ball at the other end did the job. With South Africa now reeling, Anderson's impact at the very start has proved pivotal."

  202. 18 overs: 
    SA 66-5

    Finn replaces Broad in the attack, a lot rests on Du Plessis at the moment and he pushes a two and a single off his pads to move to 25.

  203.  

    Anthony Buck: Tredwell strikes. Looks like a Baker but bowls like Laker.

    Mark Turvill: Tredwell looks like the sort of player that turns up for a Sunday friendly, claims never to have bowled and takes a 5-for.

  204.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "What's wrong with having the Champions Trophy in England every two years? It's great. The only problem is revenue-sharing, but you can sort that out. The whole point is that it's a sprint, not a marathon."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  205. 17 overs: 
    SA 63-5

    Time for the big-hitting David Miller - who UK fans may remember slogging a few sixes into the River Taff for Yorkshire in last year's T20 finals day at Cardiff. but he's got a rebuilding job on his hands here as he sees off Tredwell's over.

  206.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a calamitous performance by South Africa, who have never got going and are reeling here."

  207. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Duminy b Tredwell 3 (SA 63-5)

    The batsmen take a single apiece, then Tredwell strikes as Duminy chops onto his stumps.

  208.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This tournament has been a success, though I'm not sure whether it would have worked if it had been staged, say, in the Caribbean, where we've seen lots of empty grounds. It's been priced well - and there are a lot of Indians and Pakistanis in the UK, for instance."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  209. 16 overs: 
    SA 61-4

    Single from Duminy, then Du Plessis tries to flick Broad down the leg side and it disappears for four leg byes, but the right-hander moves to 21 with a powerful on-drive for four.

  210.  

    Rob in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: All for continuation of Champions Trophy, and for permanently hosting in 'England'. But given that this one is hosted in England and Wales let's include Scotland and make it a GB event.

    Text, tweet and email us on this - would you like to see the Champions Trophy continue? And if so, are England (and Wales/Scotland etc) the perfect host country if it's to be played at this time of year?

  211.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England are perfectly happy playing Tredwell in one-day cricket and wrapping Swann in cotton wool until the Ashes. They don't lose anything with him in the side, and if they'd reviewed that lbw, South Africa would have been 51-5."

  212. 15 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SA 52-4

    Anderson takes a break after seven excellent overs and England turn to the off-spin of James Tredwell at the Vauxhall End. Du Plessis knocks a single, then Duminy is hit on the pad... this time umpire Dharmasena keeps his hand down and his finger in its holster. England decide against a review... but the ball-tracker shows it would have hit just below the top of leg stump - would have been out if England had reviewed it. Duminy is off the mark with a single.

  213.  

    Fenners, Binfield, via text on 81111: Did you know that AB de Villiers is an anagram of "deliver bails"? A good omen for England do we think?

    He didn't last long enough for us to find out...

  214. 14 overs: 
    SA 50-4

    Duminy sways away from the last ball of the over, but South Africa are on the rocks here.

  215.  
    NOT OUT

    It's not a no-ball, the left-hander is hit on the knee-roll, there's no Hotspot... but it pitched a smidgen outside leg stump so Duminy survives his first ball.

  216.  
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    New batsman JP Duminy is hit on the pad, trapped back on the crease, and he's given out first ball! But he reviews it...

  217.  

    Mark Sanderson, TMS inbox: This is really a du or de situation for South Africa!

  218. 1137: 
    DRINKS BREAK
    James Anderson

    The players take drinks. England have certainly earned theirs.

  219.   
    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have got to the stage where they could bowl South Africa out here. Both these sides have fairly moderate middle orders."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  220. 13.4 overs: 
    WICKET- De Villiers c Buttler b Broad 0 (SA 50-4)

    Du Plessis prods a quick single into the covers, then ABDV tries an ugly cross-batted swat at Broad when he gets down on one knee and is caught behind without scoring! They check for a no-ball - as at Cardiff, Broad is getting close to the line, but was marginally behind it.

  221.  

    Rich Batts at Caldy CC, Wirral, via text on 81111: Got to give Anderson another couple of overs here, AB goes and it's game over for SA.

  222.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Great start for England. It's one of the hottest days of the year, and Prakash Wakankar has come into the TMS box with a scarf on! Ridiculous!"

  223. 13 overs: 
    SA 49-3

    Captain Cook goes for the gamble and hands Anderson a seventh over, Du Plessis adds a single but ABDV is yet to score. Anderson has 2-11 from seven.

    Meanwhile, Tony Cozier and Alec Stewart on TMS are discussing whether this should be the last ever Champions Trophy (as the ICC seems to be planning) - or is there still room for a short tournament like this, if it can be held somewhere such as England where the crowds will be healthy, even for "neutral" games? But what do you think? Email, text or tweet us to let us know your feelings.

  224.  

    Timothy Revell: They should get rid of limiting overs for bowlers. Would be nice to see Anderson bowl a few more.

  225. 12 overs: 
    SA 48-3

    Du Plessis punches Broad through the covers for three, de Villiers - the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world - is on the defensive as he sees off the rest of the over.

  226.   
    Tony Cozier, BBC Test Match Special

    "Alec Stewart may have a gate named after him at The Oval, but he doesn't have a London park named after him, unlike Philip Tufnell. I quite often pass through Tufnell Park."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  227. 11 overs: 
    SA 45-3

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers is the new man, surviving the last ball of a wicket maiden. Anderson's figures? 6-1-10-2. Class. And the ball-tracking replay of the lbw shows umpire Dharmasena got it spot on, again.

  228.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special
    Robin Peterson

    "I'd just said that Peterson wanted to see off Anderson here as it was probably the last over of his spell. Will Cook gamble now and give Anderson a seventh over to try to get AB de Villiers out?"

  229. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Peterson lbw b Anderson 30 (SA 45-3)

    Anderson continues for a sixth over, bowling round the wicket, and Peterson survives four balls before being rapped on the pad as he tries to force Anderson through the leg side, umpire Dharmasena raises his finger, Peterson doesn't look happy but eventually decides against invoking the DRS.

  230.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "When Faf du Plessis signed a Kolpak deal with Lancashire in 2008, he might have been expected to follow the Pietersen-Trott route to England colours, but he was called up by South Africa in 2010-11 and hasn't really looked back. Playing in his 37th one-day international today, he famously scored a match-saving hundred against Australia on his Test debut in November 2012."

  231. 10 overs: 
    SA 45-2

    Tony Cozier takes the mic on TMS - no West Indies left in the tournament, but the voice of Caribbean cricket is a refreshingly familiar sound as Peterson moves to 30 with a single, and Du Plessis smacks a four between extra cover and mid-off. A member of the ground staff trots on mid-over with a bag of sawdust to repair the bowler's footmarks. Apparently in the Caribbean they use a special drying agent which looks like sawdust but isn't. Du Plessis is into double figures as he opens the face and angles a two down to Jonathan Trott, who is England's specialist third man at times in ODI cricket. And the field restrictions end with this pair having added an accomplished 41 for the third wicket.

  232.  

    Kevin in Swindon, TMS inbox: What will happen if the 2nd semi-final tomorrow is a complete washout? Will it be resolved by an indoor bowl-off? Attempt another match Fri or Sat? A coin-toss? Or will India go through by virtue of their superior record in the group stage? Does anybody know?

    A washout tomorrow, and India go through as they won their group. If the final is washed out, the trophy is shared, as it was in 2002 between India and Sri Lanka.

  233. 9 overs: 
    SA 38-2

    Peterson steers Anderson for a single wide of mid-on, Du Plessis is solid in defence against the "Burnley Express" who has a sparkling 1-10 from five overs.

  234.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "When Du Plessis came to Lancashire as a Kolpak player, he was pretty average, to be fair. But since he went back to South Africa, he's been very good. Too many people look at what they can't do - why not concentrate on your strengths and be solid? If you know what you can do, go and do it - and Du Plessis has done that."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  235.  
    Steven Finn

    Robin Parmiter: Just listening to 'NoFinn Compares to You' by Sinead O'Connor. An absolute classic.

  236. 8 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- SA 37-2

    Stuart Broad replaces Finn, another flashing drive from Peterson and he's nearly caught by Ian Bell at cover - the diving Bell leaps like a goalkeeper and astonishingly gets a hand to it, but pushes it round the post, as it were. They run two. Peterson continues to ride his luck as he tries to force the ball towards mid-on and gets a leading edge just over backward point's head for a single. Du Plessis hasn't had much of the strike, but expertly whips a four off his toes through mid-wicket.

  237.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Watching Anderson tying the South Africa batsmen in knots brings to mind the fascinating BBC Radio 5 live programme on Monday night in which the England paceman gave an insight into his methods. 'Over the last few years, if I bowl a good ball I just try to think about everything I did during that ball - how it came out of my fingers, how it felt and just try to recreate that over and over again,' Anderson explained. If you missed 'Jimmy Anderson: The Anatomy of a Fast Bowler', have a listen via the podcast."

  238. 7 overs: 
    SA 30-2

    Having tucked in to Finn, Peterson is more circumspect against Anderson, but gets a lucky inside edge just past leg stump and they trot through for a single. So far, Peterson has faced 27 balls, his three partners have faced 15.

  239.  
    Colin Ingram and James Anderson

    James Anderson celebrates the dismissal of Colin Ingram, man of the match in South Africa's victory over West Indies in their final group game

  240. 6 overs: 
    SA 29-2

    Peterson gets a thick bottom edge when he tries to pull Finn, but it scuttles past the square-leg umpire for four, before the left-hander flicks another four off his legs - Finn falls over in his follow-through, as he used to do when he first came into the Test side. Peterson unleashes a textbook off-drive past the non-striker for four, that's three in three balls. A single to fine leg means Peterson has 24 from 22 balls, positively dominating compared to his partner who has one from six.

  241.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's funny how you get batches of balls that happen to swing, given that they're machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched now. Perhaps this lot just happened to be made from a 'swinging' herd of cows?"

  242.  

    Si Lomas: Well done Tim Bresnan's missus for getting him out of the side and allowing us to strengthen with Finn! Come on England!

  243. 5 overs: 
    SA 16-2

    "There's no sign of this mugginess clearing," warns Neil Manthorp on TMS as Du Plessis steers the beguiling Anderson for a single to get off the mark. Anderson sends down his third wide of the day, Peterson punches a scampered three through mid-wicket as Stuart Broad gives chase. But Jimmy is still right on the money as Du Plessis prods and misses at the last ball.

  244.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Fantastic start for England, couldn't have asked for anything more. Steven Finn settles his nerves, and Jimmy Anderson does what he does best. A good toss to win, and England making the most of it."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  245. 4 overs: 
    SA 11-2

    Peterson turns a two off his legs to the tumbling Jonathan Trott at fine leg, while England are on their toes in the field as Morgan gets down well at backward point. South Africa find the boundary for the first time as Peterson fluently cover-drives Finn for four, before swishing and missing with a cross-batted pull.

  246.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Dotted conspicuously among the Oval crowd are a number of green and gold Australia shirts. No doubt a fair few Aussie fans thought their side would be competing here today after topping the group. But, alas…"

  247.  

    Sam in Cheltenham, via text on 81111: Got my last GCSE today. Hoping to have the comfort of an England win in my mind to add to my happiness as I celebrate temporary freedom tonight...

  248. 3 overs: 
    SA 5-2

    I'm the sort of nerdy cricket enthusiast who always likes to get to the ground really early - but anyone trickling in late to The Oval today will have missed a superb start by England. Yes, the scoreboard is correct, South Africa are two down after two overs, and Hashim Amla (undismissable for much of last summer) is back in the hutch. Peterson is on the defensive against Anderson before prodding a single, Du Plessis shows a straight bat to the last delivery.

  249.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are still a few empty seats here. A lot of seats were sold to Indian supporters who thought their team might be here today - perhaps they're heading to Cardiff for tomorrow."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  250.  

    Alex in Leicester, TMS inbox: South Africa may be Steynless, but let's hope they don't show their mettle today.

  251. 2 overs: 
    SA 4-2

    New batsman is Faf du Plessis (named Francois on his birth certificate, but universally known as Faf, we were told by TMS's SA commentator Neil Manthorp last summer). The right-hander shoulders arms to the rest of Finn's over.

  252.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Lovely catch from Buttler, that's just what Finn needed as he's been out of the side. What a big wicket."

  253. 1.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Amla c Buttler b Finn 1 (SA 4-2)

    Steven Finn takes the second over, bowling to the right-handed Hashim Amla on the scene of the bearded maestro's triple ton in last summer's epic Test series. He's immediately off the mark with a single, Peterson rotates the strike, then Amla dabs an edge to the keeper as he tries to withdraw the bat at the last minute! Huge wicket!

  254.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn hasn't been quite hitting his straps this summer, and you don't want to bowl off-line to this man Hashim Amla."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  255.  

    Troy Perhaps: Win when it's swinging! We only win when it's swinging!

    Lewis Starks: Gave up my ticket for today (didn't think Eng would make it!) to a very appreciative homeless gentleman.

  256. 1 over: 
    SA 2-1

    A bit of a shock - bowling all-rounder Robin Peterson is promoted to number three, he's another left-hander - although those who've seen his powerful switch-hitting (as I did in an ODI at Lord's last year) would attest that he must be borderline ambidextrous. Anderson bowls another wide, but Peterson blocks out the last legitimate delivery.

  257.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He set him up absolutely perfectly with four across him, then one that swung in. That was absolutely brilliant swing bowling."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  258. 0.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Ingram lbw b Anderson 0 (SA 1-1)

    Anderson's second delivery to the left-handed, wide-eyed Ingram (who averages 38.13 from 27 ODIs but has never played England before) is a legside wide, but he flashes and misses as Anderson then swings one past his outside edge - and then is trapped in front by one that swings back in!

  259. 1030: 

    Hashim Amla (for it is he) opening the innings for South Africa, accompanied by Colin Ingram who may be a less familiar face to England fans. James Anderson ready to charge in with two slips, we're ready to go.

  260.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The hackles have risen somewhat over the ball-tampering allegations. If that galvanises them, then fair enough. To say Hashim Amla has good memories of this ground is an understatement after his triple century here last year."

  261.  

    Mason: Re: Anife (1019), I honestly think Buttler didn't know if it hit the stumps first before his gloves.

  262. 1026: 

    Time for the anthems. Several of the South Africa players adopt the hand-on-heart pose often associated with United States sportsmen, while it's hands-behind-backs as usual for England, whose anthem-singing is led by captain and former choirboy Alastair Cook.

  263.  

    Tattz: England looking relaxed at The Oval. Plenty of laughs and smiles during warm up. Let's hope the smiles are still there tonight!

  264.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "South Africa haven't played well in some semi-finals, but they haven't choked in all of them..."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  265.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "It's warm and steamy here in south London today - more Kolkata than Kennington. I predict a few subtle removals of blazers and loosening of ties in the posh seats as the day goes on, although there is a chance of thunder storms later. The ground is about one third full at present, with plenty of green South Africa shirts visible to my right.

    "Out in the middle Steven Finn has been going through his bowling drills after his late call-up in place of expectant father Tim Bresnan. No sign of Finn's pesky right knee dislodging any bails just yet."

  266.  

    BBC Weather's Darren Bett: "It looks like the showers we had earlier this morning have pulled away to the north and while there is a small risk of a shower I suspect it will stay dry, I will be there with my sun cream later, temperatures 21 at the moment and we're looking at 25, possibly a degree higher depending on the amount of cloud, but it's going to be very humid and that's going to be the case throughout the day."

  267.   
    Neil Manthorp, BBC Test Match Special

    "Because there's no Jacques Kallis and no extra bowling option, South Africa don't want to take the risk that Steyn breaks down after five or six overs."

  268.  

    Hugh Ferrey: Lots of talk about Steyn, people forgetting a man with a very long beard.

  269.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "England will have been delighted to have won the toss. It's a fresh pitch, they'll look forward to Mr Finn steaming in on that."

    Listen to live TMS commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  270. 1019: 
    TEAM LINE-UPS

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James Anderson.

    South Africa: Colin Ingram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt & wk), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Chris Morris, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

    Umpires are Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena and Australia's Rod Tucker, joined by fellow Aussie umpires Bruce Oxenford (third) and Steve Davis (fourth).

  271.  

    Anife, Wallington, via text on 81111: Why is Jos Buttler playing? Ramdin appeals a spilt catch and is called a disgrace, loses all match fee and two game ban. Buttler appeals a spilt stumping and we have hardly heard a whisper and just carry on! It didn't take long to show that match referees/ICC will flex their muscles against smaller teams, but then bottle it against the bigger ones!

  272.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's warm and muggy - can either of these teams put history behind them and go on to win the tournament?"

  273. 1015: 

    Test Match Special's coverage is under way - and from now on in this competition, you can hear it on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave as well as on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, via the BBC Sport website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app, which will allow you to take TMS with you wherever you are.

  274.  

    Jay: South Africa couldn't have hoped for a better start considering it is easier to choke while batting than while fielding.

    Oh dear, I thought we were going to get away without using the "c" word...

  275. 1010: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So, a marginally longer tail for England, but will Finn improve England in favourable seam bowling conditions? And how big a loss is Steyn for the Proteas?

    You can have your say throughout the game by emailing tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), texting 81111 or tweeting us via the hashtag #bbccricket as Rakesh (below) has done...

  276.  

    Rakesh Pradhan: "No Steyn, England bowling in Jimmy Anderson conditions. No excuse for England not to win."

    Tweet us via #bbccricket to join the debate

  277.  

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "We would have probably bowled first, but there was a lot of arguments [over what to do], so we're happy to be batting first. Dale's not ready but he's replaced by Rory Kleinveldt and we've got full confidence in him."

  278.  

    England captain Alastair Cook: "We've seen on this wicket you can strike early and hopefully we can do that and put South Africa under pressure."

  279. 1003: 
    TOSS NEWS

    England win the toss and field first, bringing in Finn for Bresnan while Tredwell keeps his place. South Africa recall Rory Kleinveldt for the injured Steyn.

  280. 1003: 

    I'd imagine Swann's perennial ODI stuntman James Tredwell will stay in the side in Swann's absence - while Steven Finn must be favourite to come in for Bresnan (whose wife was two weeks overdue with their first child the last we heard), unless they go for Chris Woakes.

  281. 1001: 

    While we wait for the toss, we're hearing a bit of team news from The Oval - South Africa will be without pace ace Dale Steyn, while there's no Tim Bresnan or Graeme Swann for England.

  282.   
    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the new ball will be the key to deciding the outcome of this match. Can England's top order handle the pace and skill of Steyn? How will South Africa fare against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad? My heart says England, but my head says South Africa."

    Read the rest of Alec Stewart's column - including his feelings on taking temporary charge of Surrey's first team - on the BBC Sport website.

  283. 1000: 

    Morning, everyone - I hope today finds you bright and breezy. The ICC Champions Trophy has reached the semi-final stage, and before the all-Asian meeting of India and Sri Lanka tomorrow, today's mouth-watering tie is England v Souith Africa, which will be under way in half an hour's time.

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Live Scores - England v S Africa

 

  • England beat South Africa by 7 wickets
  • England: 179-3 (37.3 overs)
  • S Africa: 175 (38.4 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

England Innings

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Cook c AB de Villiers b Morris 6
Bell c AB de Villiers b Kleinveldt 20
Trott not out 82
Root b Duminy 48
Morgan not out 15
Extras 4w 4lb 8
Total for 3 179

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Reports and results for the ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England and Wales in June 2013.