Match Over - England won by 72 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Headingley, Leeds
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 24 May 2017, 15:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: MM Ali


  • Umpire1: RT Robinson
  • Umpire2: RJ Tucker
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0




Overs: 45.0 / 50.0

South Africa

9.50pm: Well, it's been a rollicking start to this Champions Trophy undercard. David Hopps' report should be your next destination, for a comprehensive run through; Gnasher, Miller and myself will be back for more with the Ageas Bowl and Lord's matches on Saturday and Monday. Yawkshur did us all proud tonight. As ever, thanks for your comments... Cheerio!

9.40pm: Right, here we go with the presentations... South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "England played phenomenally well with the bat, credit to Morgs for the hundred. They dominated the bowling and manipulated us, probably 20-30 above par and we didn't bat well enough. But congrats to them. [England 198-5?] I was very excited at that time, went for the attacking fields, but unfortunately things didn't go our way. We lost our way in the early 40s, but other than that wasn't a bad bowling performance. We didn't get going with the bat. [Went with extra batting?] That was the feel we had for this ground, it was a big call not to try and get Morne Morkel in, but it's easy to say that now. Couldn't get a partnership going [with the bat] and at the end of the day we were outplayed. [Champs Trophy?] We all have a bit of pressure, all contenders to win. They played better tonight, hopefully we'll be better in the next game."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Very pleasing, pretty good day at the office for us, having lost the toss and batted first. The parthersnips we built, gave us the best opportunity to get a par score and beyond. I didn't necessarily play a lot of games at the IPL, which was disappointing, but to get a few runs in the Ireland game and to to continue that here was nice. [Moeen selection] If he didn't get any runs or had a bad day, I'd pick him again. He's made some huge contributions for us. That's the trick in chasing, we thought it got harder as the balls got older, managed to break partnerships at the right time. [Stokes injury?] I don't know, it's in his knee, no significant swelling. He was able to bowl but I didn't need him. A couple of days with ice on it will do him good. [Give squad games?] We want to win every game and if we can do that with all of our players fully fit, then we'll put out our strongest team every time."

Moeen Ali is named Man of the Match: [Pleased by batting?] "Yeah definitely, I wasn't batting that well but yesterday I had a good hit with Paul Farbrace indoors. I've been in that situation in the past but I tried to get in and give myself a chance. The pitch had a bit of everything in it. When Stokesy plays, I have a better chance of playing, but shows how good the side is. Tried to bowl into the wicket, little bit shorter, and a few balls went straight up. [Competition for places good?] Yeah 100%, looking at the past, Australia have had the same situation, so with Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings and Jake Ball coming in, shows how good we are."

9.30pm: Well, that was a more routine England win than I suspect most were imagining at the halfway stage. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis had built a pretty useful platform with their 112-run second-wicket stand but no one really fired for South Africa thereafter; though AB de Villiers threatened, he couldn't find a partner and the last six wickets went down for 59, the majority of which came from Parnell and Rabada once the gig was up. Eoin Morgan's hundred led the way for the hosts and Moeen Ali then skewered the Proteas with an unbeaten 77 off 51 and 2 for 50 with the ball. Job done.

44.6CR Woakes to K Rabada, OUT, No run, cutter wide of the stumps, Rabada chases it, gets a big snick and Buttler finishes the job! A tidy four-for from Woakes and England have mopped up a 72-run win at Headingley to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
44.5CR Woakes to K Rabada, No run, another shortish ball, gets across his stumps, defended.

Imran Tahir is in at No. 11, Rabada on strike

44.4CR Woakes to WD Parnell, OUT, No run, bumper from Woakes, swings hard again, top-edged...and taken this time! Simple catch for Wood at mid-off and England are one wicket away from an impressive win.
44.3CR Woakes to WD Parnell, No run, angled across, shortish, pulled into the ground.
44.2CR Woakes to K Rabada, 1 run, Rabada swings across the line, mishits into the off side and he sets off before Parnell tells him not to be daft... then a direct hit at the non-striker's end gives them a run anyway, as Parnell had his bat safely grounded.

"Mo for man of the match? Great all-round performance from him today." He's a candidate, Damian, along with Morgan... Unless Parnell wins it from here, of course

44.1CR Woakes to K Rabada, No run, length on the stumps, blocked back to the bowler.
End of over 44. 13 runs this over. 266/8 after 264 balls.
K Rabada 18 (17b 1x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 9-0-50-2
WD Parnell 19 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more

They couldn't, could they? Imran Tahir is last man, remember...

The rate still hovering in just about manageable territory. Does Parnell have a bit of James Faulkner in him?

End of over 43. 8 runs this over. 253/8 after 258 balls.
WD Parnell 18 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 9-0-42-1
K Rabada 6 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Marc, already picking through the bones: "Reckless performance from SA, Morris reverse sweep? This SA team still lack killer instinct, just don't know when to accelerate, rely on other teams playing badly. England bowling very average."

End of over 42. 9 runs this over. 245/8 after 252 balls.
WD Parnell 11 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 8-0-37-2
K Rabada 5 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Is the chirping Saoirse, that lady who acted in 'The Host'?" I haven't a Scooby, Hari. Saoirse?

End of over 41. 4 runs this over. 236/8 after 246 balls.
K Rabada 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) JE Root 1-0-4-0
WD Parnell 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 2 runs this over. 232/8 after 240 balls.
K Rabada 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 7-0-28-2
WD Parnell 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 5 runs this over. 230/7 after 233 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 10-0-69-1
WD Parnell 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 1 runs this over. 225/7 after 228 balls.
WD Parnell 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 6-0-26-2
AL Phehlukwayo 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 8 runs this over. 224/6 after 222 balls.
AB de Villiers 45 (37b 7x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 7-0-37-2
WD Parnell 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36. 4 runs this over. 216/6 after 216 balls.
WD Parnell 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 5-0-25-1
AB de Villiers 37 (31b 5x4 0x6 ) more

"They are throwing the game away!!! There's no need to be overattacking," squawks Naman

End of over 35. 4 runs this over. 212/5 after 210 balls.
AB de Villiers 37 (31b 5x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 6-0-29-2
CH Morris 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Peter: "Chris Morris was a real thorn in England's side in the last tour to SA. Be good to see him gone sooner rather than later." Rashid, in particular, will remember Joburg

Chris Morris is the new man on strike. Can SA's Mo follow England's Mo and swing the Big Mo their way?

England chipping away. But de Villiers, and strong lower order, still there for South Africa. To see you home it's back to Alan

End of over 34. 2 runs this over. 208/4 after 204 balls.
DA Miller 11 (9b 0x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 4-0-21-0
AB de Villiers 34 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Dave Fern: "Encouraging to wake up here in New Zealand and see England with a healthy score and 4 wickets. De Villiers looks to have his eye in and playing dangerously, could be an exciting 17 overs. Tight finish, England to win by 15 runs!!" Morning, Dave

End of over 33. 14 runs this over. 206/4 after 198 balls.
DA Miller 10 (5b 0x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 9-0-64-1
AB de Villiers 33 (25b 5x4 0x6 ) more

The over costs 14. Kickstarts South Africa again

End of over 32. 10 runs this over. 192/4 after 192 balls.
AB de Villiers 27 (22b 4x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 3-0-19-0
DA Miller 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 6 runs this over. 182/4 after 186 balls.
JP Duminy 15 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 8-0-50-1
AB de Villiers 19 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 5 runs this over. 176/3 after 180 balls.
AB de Villiers 17 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 8-0-34-1
JP Duminy 11 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 10 runs this over. 171/3 after 174 balls.
AB de Villiers 14 (13b 3x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 7-0-44-0
JP Duminy 9 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 161/3 after 168 balls.
JP Duminy 4 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 7-0-29-1
AB de Villiers 9 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 8 runs this over. 159/3 after 162 balls.
AB de Villiers 9 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 6-0-49-1
JP Duminy 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Graeme: "What are Amla's stats in England? He always seems to get runs." Here you go. You are correct

End of over 26. 6 runs this over. 151/3 after 156 balls.
JP Duminy 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 6-0-27-1
AB de Villiers 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vamsi: "I don't think ABD has a good record in England.Can u back me up with some stats?" He averages 33 in England compared to 54 overall

End of over 25. 2 runs this over. 145/2 after 150 balls.
AB de Villiers 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 5-0-41-1
F du Plessis 64 (58b 8x4 0x6 ) more

This chap is a decent player. Here's AB de Villiers. His first innings of the tour after missing the warm-ups with illness

End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 143/1 after 144 balls.
F du Plessis 63 (57b 8x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 2-0-9-0
HM Amla 72 (74b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 12 runs this over. 138/1 after 138 balls.
F du Plessis 62 (54b 8x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-0-39-0
HM Amla 68 (71b 8x4 0x6 ) more

ECB have confirmed a sore left knee for Stokes

End of over 22. 4 runs this over. 126/1 after 132 balls.
F du Plessis 51 (49b 6x4 0x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-4-0
HM Amla 67 (70b 8x4 0x6 ) more

hreyanshu: "if these two manage to 60 more runs in 9 overs without a wicket, then this game will shift momentum fully to SA. 160 in 20 will not be a big deal with ABD, Miller and Duminy yet to come."

End of over 21. 7 runs this over. 122/1 after 126 balls.
HM Amla 65 (67b 8x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 6-0-34-0
F du Plessis 49 (46b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 9 runs this over. 115/1 after 120 balls.
HM Amla 60 (63b 8x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-14-0
F du Plessis 47 (44b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Stokes looks frustrated. He takes his cap from the umpire and makes his way off the field

A few more grimaces from Stokes

End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 106/1 after 114 balls.
HM Amla 57 (60b 8x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 5-0-27-0
F du Plessis 41 (41b 5x4 0x6 ) more

odrivel: "Oh this setting up nicely for the likes of ABD, JPD and Mr Miller...fireworks to come I suggest!!"

End of over 18. 5 runs this over. 102/1 after 108 balls.
F du Plessis 39 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-5-0
HM Amla 55 (58b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Stokes appeared to be grimacing in that over... But he can now have a drink and pop a couple of painkillers if needed. Here's Gnasher for the middle-overs fun

"Amla is playing too many DOTS.." bemoan VK. Steady on, remember this is a 50-over game. The IPL finished last week

End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 97/1 after 101 balls.
F du Plessis 36 (34b 5x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-23-0
HM Amla 53 (54b 8x4 0x6 ) more

"Now then, 4 quiet overs in a row. I sense something happening soon," murmurs Amjad

End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 89/1 after 96 balls.
HM Amla 52 (52b 8x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 5-0-21-0
F du Plessis 30 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) more

"Are we getting a new fastest to reach 8000 batsman tonight?" We might get a new fastest to 7000, Shaun... But it would take something special for Amla to get to 8000 here. I think he'd be batting for the rest of the week

End of over 15. 4 runs this over. 82/1 after 90 balls.
HM Amla 47 (48b 7x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-15-0
F du Plessis 29 (29b 4x4 0x6 ) more

The Yorkshire pair bowling well in tandem, England just beginning to sit on the run rate a little

End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 76/1 after 83 balls.
F du Plessis 25 (25b 4x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 4-0-13-0
HM Amla 45 (45b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Andy Spence: "I am still backing the Proteas to overhaul this huge total on a very benign wicket. They have incredible batting depth proven by having someone with the hitting prowess of Chris Morris batting at number 8. This match is shaping up nicely."

End of over 13. 1 runs this over. 74/1 after 78 balls.
F du Plessis 25 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-11-0
HM Amla 44 (41b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 73/1 after 72 balls.
HM Amla 43 (40b 7x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 3-0-11-0
F du Plessis 25 (19b 4x4 0x6 ) more

"Didn't anyone notice from the replay it looks like woakes bowled no balls???" Vivek Chandrase is not the only person to mention this. Time for the ICC to continue with trials for the TV umpire to call them?

"I'm sure the experience in the IPL did Woaksey a lot of good…but suspect he learned most of his trade from Warwickshire , Samraat," huffs David. To be fair, that last bit was me

End of over 11. 10 runs this over. 69/1 after 66 balls.
HM Amla 41 (38b 7x4 0x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-10-0
F du Plessis 23 (15b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 59/1 after 60 balls.
F du Plessis 22 (14b 4x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 2-0-7-0
HM Amla 32 (33b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Samraat, drilling into the detail for us: "Just 1 score of 50+ (110 v WI) in last 19 ODI inning away from home for Hashim Amla"

End of over 9. 14 runs this over. 56/1 after 54 balls.
F du Plessis 21 (11b 4x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 5-0-25-1
HM Amla 30 (30b 5x4 0x6 ) more

"Looks like Amla's got the wood on Wood..." chuckles lakesidey

End of over 8. 4 runs this over. 42/1 after 48 balls.
HM Amla 30 (30b 5x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 1-0-4-0
F du Plessis 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 5 runs this over. 38/1 after 42 balls.
F du Plessis 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 4-0-11-1
HM Amla 29 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) more

"Chris Woakes brilliant form continues," coos Samraat. He learned everything he knows from six weeks at KKR

End of over 6. 12 runs this over. 33/0 after 36 balls.
HM Amla 28 (25b 5x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-27-0
Q de Kock 5 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"What gives you more joy? Watching a glorious 4 or getting to use the word insouciantly because of that 4?" Are you going to make me choose, Brendan...

End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 21/0 after 30 balls.
HM Amla 16 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 3-0-6-0
Q de Kock 5 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"If Amla completes the 7000 runs in this match? Is he the quickest to do it in 148 innings?" By a country mile, Badar Islam. In fact, he can take all this series and the Champions Trophy, if he wants

"In the early part of the English season when it's supposed to aid the swing bowlers a lot more," opines Arun. "The assumption that the form players in IPL will find success will be proved wrong. I'd like to see some non-IPL type player shine here. " Fair point... Though I don't think it's going to swing much here

End of over 4. 9 runs this over. 18/0 after 24 balls.
Q de Kock 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-15-0
HM Amla 14 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 2 runs this over. 9/0 after 18 balls.
HM Amla 5 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 2-0-3-0
Q de Kock 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 7/0 after 12 balls.
HM Amla 4 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-6-0
Q de Kock 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
Q de Kock 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) CR Woakes 1-0-1-0
HM Amla 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"I'm pleased with England getting to 339. Of those players who got out cheaply got some more runs and plonk a few big ones to and over the boundary for a few extra 4's and 6's then England would have got to 360-370-380. Hopefully England can bowl well and get an early wicket or two then it will mean that England can win the match." Easy as A-B-C, George Macphers

HM AmlaLBW MA Wood7397768096.05
Q de KockC JC Buttler B CR Woakes527130038.46
F du PlessisC JC Buttler B LE Plunkett67766180109.84
AB de VilliersC LE Plunkett B MM Ali45583870118.42
JP DuminyC CR Woakes B AU Rashid1521181083.33
DA MillerC BA Stokes B CR Woakes11131001110
CH MorrisC JC Buttler B MM Ali56410125
WD ParnellC MA Wood B CR Woakes1936232082.61
AL PhehlukwayoB AU Rashid4761066.67
K RabadaC JC Buttler B CR Woakes1923211190.48
Imran Tahirnot out 03000-
Total 267/10
CR Woakes8.003844.75
MA Wood6.004918.17
LE Plunkett9.004214.67
AU Rashid10.006926.9
BA Stokes2.001407
MM Ali9.005025.56
JE Root1.00404