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England’s Lord’s Taverners Tri-series campaign hangs by a thread after they slipped to a disappointing eight-wicket defeat to South Africa at Ringwood CC.

The defeat leaves Gavin Randall’s side tied in second place with South Africa given both sides have now won one game apiece.

However, the Proteas possess a superior run rate and England need to take at least a point from tomorrow’s clash against hosts Australia in Geelong to progress to the final.

England’s defeat to South Africa today came after they won the toss and batted.

The loss of three quick wickets was offset by Chris Edwards and James Dickens’ partnership of 84, the former notching 43 while Dickens posted a gritty 67 as England chalked up 160 for seven from their 40 overs

However, the score looked modest and South Africa successfully chipped away at the total to chase it down with two overs to spare.

“We felt at the interval that this was probably about 20 runs short of where we wanted to be but felt that it was competitive,” said national disability manager Ian Martin.

“We bowled reasonably well but dropped some sharp slip chances and one more simple catch. The boys are pretty low at the moment because had we won the game, and we should have done, we would be in the final.

As it stands England are level on points with South Africa having both won one game, although the Proteas posses a better run rate as a result of England's heavy defeat to Australia on Friday at the MCG.

“We play Australia tomorrow in the final group game at Geelong, and put simply we must win,” Martin added.

However, with rain forecast in Geelong, England would also advance to the final if the game is washed out by virtue of the point they would gain.