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England Deaf saunter to victory

Another excellent bowling performance saw England Deaf thump South Africa by nine wickets in the third one-day international at Pretoria to secure an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Darrell Sykes and Sam Crichard shared six wickets and there were two cheap scalps for Paul Allen as the hosts crumbled to 99 all out in 27.4 overs after winning the toss.

England then made light work of their modest target, all of the top three making handy contributions as victory was secured with more than half of the allotted 50 overs to spare.

South Africa looked to have made the right decision in making first use of the pitch on a warm and sunny morning.

Yet England soon took charge with Sykes trapping Zane Adams lbw before Crichard ran out Charl Bonthuys with a direct hit.

Sykes also pinned Shane Gangan and Rual Kumalo in front either side of another run out, leaving South Africa 33 for five.

Reinhardt Limbach contributed 37 but was one of only two men to reach double figures as wickets continued to tumble.

Limbach was eventually lbw to Crichard having struck three fours and two sixes, and it was not long before South Africa’s innings came to an end.

England openers Umesh Valjee and Stephen George understandably operated with caution in reply, facing a required run-rate of just two an over.

South Africa’s all-spin attack did claim a wicket when George mis-timed a pull to be caught at midwicket off Jeffrey van der Winter for 21.

Yet Valjee held firm and received able support from James Schofield, the duo sharing 64 and finishing unbeaten on 31 and 37 respectively.

Having won all five matches on tour so far - three ODIs and two T20s - England play their final game against South Africa on Saturday and Head Coach Bobby Denning is eager for his side’s 100% record to be maintained.