Poms cruise to victory

England eased to a six-wicket victory over South Africa on the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval.

Needing just 197 runs for victory, England set about their task calmly as openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss put on a partnership of 123 runs.

The pair took their time and frustrated the Proteas bowling attack as they built a solid foundation. Cook was the top scorer with a cautious 67 off 106 balls including 12 fours before he fell to Makhaya Ntini. Strauss followed soon afterwards, caught off spinner Paul Harris.

Ian Bell didn’t hang around for long and neither did new captain Kevin Pietersen, who made 13.

In the end it was left to Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff to steer their side home, in the process handing Pietersen his maiden Test victory as captain, although the result means little in the greater scheme of things as the Proteas wrapped up the series at Edgbaston last week.

South Africa 1st innings -194
Graeme Smith 46, James Anderson 3-42.
England 1st innings – 316

Kevin Pietersen 100, Paul Collingwood 61, Makhaya Ntini 5-64.
South Africa 2nd innings – 318

AB de Villiers 97, Hashim Amla 76, Stuart Broad 3-44.
England 2nd innings – 197-4

Alastair Cook 67, Andrew Strauss 58, Makhaya Ntini 2-43

England won by 6 wickets.

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