England defy Smith to reach semis
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Monday, 28 September 2009

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The Proteas require a miracle to stay in contention for a semi-final position in the ICC Champions TrophyEngland's bowlers held their nerve in the face of a supremely gutsy 141 from their habitual nemesis, Graeme Smith, to steer their side into the Champions Trophy semi-final with a game to spare, thanks to a thrilling 22-run victory over the hosts, South Africa, in Centurion.

Chasing a hefty 324 after a pair of exceptional innings from Owais Shah and Eoin Morgan, Smith forced England to battle every step of the way, and at 206 for 3 with 14 overs to go, a crushing reversal was not out of the question. However, James Anderson put the game safe with the nerveless figures of 3 for 42 in ten overs, and when Smith himself was ninth man out with 19 balls remaining, South Africa had to face up once more to the ignominy of exiting a global tournament on home soil at the very first hurdle.

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