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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Cricket: ICC Trophy: England in the Finals.

Category: Misc.

Cricket: ICC Champions Trophy: England in the Finals.

England comprehensively defeated Australia by six wickets to reach the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

A captain's innings of 86 runs by Michael Vaughan with good support from Andrew Strauss who remained unbeaten on 52 and an almost run-a-ball knock of 81 by opening batsman Marcus Trescothick paved the way for England's victory.

Australia scored 259 runs in their 50 overs. England won with more than three overs to spare. Australia were the favourites to win the match, however, their batsmen couldn't convert the good starts and except for Damien Martyn who scored 65 runns, no other batsman could reach a half-century. They didn't have any century partnerships and Darren Gough took a couple of wickets in the final overs to restrict them to 259 for nine of their alloted 50 overs.

England got off to a shaky start with opener Vikram Solanki getting out cheaply. A lot depended on captain Michael Vaughan, who had not played any significant match-winning knock this summer. It was his day today and he was off to a rollicking start, smashing Brett Lee for three fours in an over.

England had scored 80 runs in their first fifteen overs and the tone was set for the match. Trescothick scored 81 runs of 88 balls with some blazing shots, including a six to complete his half-century.

Andrew Strauss joined Michael Vaughan after Trescothick was bowled by Symonds. Strauss quickly joined the run scoring spree and took England past the 200 run mark.

Flintoff came in after Vaughan's dismissal and scored a quickfire 16 runs and then Paul Collingwood got the chance to hit the winning runs. Brett Lee was smashed around the park, going for 65 runs of eight overs.

England won comfortably with 21 balls to spare and six wickets in hand. Michael Vaughan won the man-of-the-match award for his eight-six runs and two wickets.

England now await the winners of tomorrow's Pakistan v. West Indies semi-final.

It is always good to see the underdogs win.

I think it will be an England v. Pakistan final.