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England seal memorable season with South Africa series win by 2-1

LONDON: England required less than six overs to complete a resounding victory over the Proteas early on the final morning of the decisive third Test at the Kia Oval in London on Monday.  

The nine-wicket win ensured that that the hosts wrapped up the series 2-1 – an excellent comeback after South Africa had emphatically won the first Test by an innings and 12 runs last month.

But England improved after that opening loss and themselves claimed a handsome win in the second Test which they won by an innings and 85 runs in Manchester.

And they were on top for most of the deciding Test, which was effectively a three-day match after day one was washed out and day two suspended following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The game progressed quickly from there, though, with the home side bowling the Proteas out for 118 and 169 sandwiched between their own first-innings score of 158.

That left a winning target of just 130 and England got 97 of those runs without the loss of anyone in just 17 overs on a dominant fourth evening. They continued that charge on Monday morning as Alex Lees and Zak Crawley extended their opening partnership to 108, before Kagiso Rabada (1/57) finally struck.

The fast bowler claimed the only wicket of the innings upon review to send Lees on his way leg before wicket for 39.

The opener was dropped earlier, one of numerous missed chances in a below-par fielding display.

But England continued their procession to victory as Crawley ended unbeaten on 69 off 57 balls. Ollie Pope finished on 11 not out.

 

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