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England vs Australia Second Final at Sydney

ENG vs AUS 2nd Final CB Series 2007 : England win CB Series

England defeated Australia by 34 runs in a rain-interrupted match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday to win the tri-series one-day international tournament and end their disappointing tour on an unexpected high.
England followed up their thrilling four-wicket win in Melbourne on Friday with a second victory to wrap up the best-of-three finals series with a game to spare and salvage some pride after losing the Ashes 5-0. Australia had 152 for eight off 27 overs in reply to England's 246 for eight from 50 overs before rain ended play at the Sydney Cricket Ground. England's bowlers enjoyed the better of the conditions with Liam Plunkett (3-43) extracting fierce swing to upend Australia's top order in overcast conditions.
Paul Collingwood, named man of the finals series, earlier continued his storming finish to the tour with 70 runs. Wet weather twice disrupted the Australians' chase and the loss of five wickets in the first dozen overs of the innings revised the target to 211 from 33 overs when they resumed with the score on 79 in the 17th over. Plunkett placed Australia into early trouble by removing the prized trio of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke.
Commonwealth Bank Series 2nd Final, Sydney : England 246-8 (50 overs) beat Australia 152-8 (33 overs) by 34 runs (D/L)

England vs Australia First Final at Melbourne

ENG vs AUS 1st Final CB Series 2007 : England beat Australia by 4 wickets

Paul Collingwood hit a superb century to guide England to a nailbiting four-wicket victory over Australia in the opening tri-series final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
After Australia had slipped from a promising 170-1 to 252 all out, England recovered from 15-3 to win with three balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Collingwood, who also took a superb catch and effected two run outs, struck the winning runs to finish on 120 not out as England recorded their second straight victory over the world champions.
Commonwealth Bank Series 1st Final, Melbourne : England 253 for 6 (49.3 overs) beat Australia 252 all out (48.3 overs) by 4 wickets

England vs New Zealand Fourth Match at Brisbane

ENG vs NZ 4th Match CB Series 2007 : England beat New Zealand to reach CB Series final

England extended its trying summer in Australia on Tuesday when it beat New Zealand by 14 runs to qualify for the finals of the limited overs tri series.
After being swept 5-0 by Australia in the Ashes Test series and winning only two of its seven previous matches in the one-day tournament, England posted its second straight win to gain a place opposite the Australians in the best-of-three match final. Paul Collingwood made 106 - his third limited overs century and first against New Zealand - as England reached 270 for seven batting first and Liam Plunkett took three for 60 as the Kiwis were held to 256 for eight in reply. Stephen Fleming matched Collingwood's score, making 106 - his sixth one-day hundred and his highest score against England, beating his previous best of 99.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Brisbane: England 270 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat New Zealand 256-8 (50 overs) by 14 runs

Australia vs New Zealand Fourth Match at Melbourne

AUS vs NZ 4th Match CB Series 2007 : Australia beat New Zealand by 5 wickets

Brad Hodge smashed an unbeaten 99 off 86 balls and captain Ricky Ponting marked his return with a century to lead Australia to a five-wicket win over New Zealand in a tri-series limited-overs match Sunday.
Australia reached the winning target of 291 runs for the loss of five wickets with 10 balls in reserve when Hodge drove Mark Gillespie through backward point for two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, just one run short of what would have been his maiden century. New Zealand's 290-7 looked well out of reach after 30 overs of Australia's innings with eight runs an over needed for the win. But Ponting (104), who missed Friday's loss to England through injury, and Hodge put on a 154-run third-wicket stand to hand the Kiwis their 19th loss in 21 matches against Australia.
The result means the winner of Tuesday's match between New Zealand and England at Brisbane will play Australia in the finals series beginning Friday in Melbourne.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Melbourne : Australia 291-5 beat New Zealand 290-7 by 5 wkts

Australia vs England Fourth Match at Sydney

AUS vs ENG 4th Match CB Series 2007 : England beat Australia by 92 runs

England ended a run of nine straight losses to Australia by beating the world champions by 92 runs in a tri-series one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Irish-born batsman Ed Joyce made 107 and Ian Bell 51 to help England make an imposing total of 292 for seven from their 50 overs, easily their best score of the series. Australia, in reply, were bowled out for 200 in the 39th over with Matthew Hayden top scoring with 51 and Andrew Symonds making 39 before retiring hurt. England's final game is against New Zealand in Brisbane on Tuesday with the winner joining Australia in the best-of-three finals series.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney : England 292-7 (50 overs) beat Australia 200-9 (38.5 overs) by 92 runs

England vs New Zealand Third Match at Perth

ENG vs NZ 3rd Match CB Series 2007 : New Zealand beat England by 58 runs

New Zealand continued England's touring woes with a 58-run win in the Commonwealth Bank cricket series. With Australia already assured of a spot in the finals, New Zealand and England are vying for the other place. And the New Zealanders dominated, posting 318 for seven and then restricting England to 260 for eight.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Perth: New Zealand 318-7 (50 overs) beat England 260-8 (50 overs) by 58 runs

Australia vs New Zealand Third Match at Perth

AUS vs NZ 3rd Match CB Series 2007 : Australia beat New Zealand by eight runs

Australia beat New Zealand by eight runs in a high-scoring tri-series one-day international at the WACA in Perth.
Ricky Ponting scored 111 and Matthew Hayden 117 to help Australia post a massive record total of 343 for five from their 50 overs. New Zealand made 335-5 in reply with Jacob Oram making registering the fastest one-day hundred by a New Zealander in his 101 not out after opener Lou Vincent made 66. Australia's victory extended their unbeaten run in the competition to six matches. New Zealand are in second place with one win ahead of their next match against England on Tuesday
Commonwealth Bank Series, Perth : Australia 343-5 beat New Zealand 335-5 by eight runs

Australia vs England Third Match at Adelaide

AUS vs ENG 3rd Match CB Series 2007 : Australia beat England by 9 wickets

Australia crushed England by nine wickets in their tri-series One-Day International at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Australia cruised to their victory target of 111 with more than 25 overs to spare, booking their place in the finals after England crumbled to be all out for just 110. Ricky Ponting finished not out 51 and Matthew Hayden was unbeaten on 30.
Earlier, England had crashed to their lowest total on their disastrous tour of Australia and their ninth lowest from the 450 one-day matches they have contested since limited-overs internationals started in 1971. Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson, who was promoted to the team in place of Glenn McGrath and Nathan Bracken, captured four wickets for 45 while Brett Lee (2-8), Stuart Clark (1-21) and part-time spinners Brad Hogg (2-16) and Andrew Symonds (1-20) shared the remainder.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide : Australia 111-1 (24.3 overs) beat England 110 (34.3 overs) by nine wickets

England vs New Zealand Second Match at Adelaide

ENG vs NZ 2nd Match CB Series 2007 : New Zealand beat England by 90 runs

Jacob Oram made 86 and took an important wicket as New Zealand beat England by 90 runs Tuesday to post its first win in four matches in the Commonwealth bank cricket series.
Oram rejoined the New Zealand team after recovering from a hamstring injury and reached his highest score in one-day internationals. It helped New Zealand to 210 as it batted first after winning the toss. Daniel Vettori took four wickets, James Franklin three, Shane Bond two - including his 100th wicket in limited-overs matches - and Oram grabbed the wicket of Paul Nixon as New Zealand dismissed England for 120 to grab a bonus point. That point lifted New Zealand into second place on the tri-series table with five points, behind unbeaten Australia with 18 and England, who beat New Zealand by three wickets at their last meeting, with four.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide: New Zealand 210 all out (50 overs) beat England 120 all out (37.5 overs) by 90 runs

Australia vs New Zealand Second Match at Sydney

AUS vs NZ 2nd Match CB Series 2007 : Aussies beat Kiwis by two wickets

New Zealand blew a golden opportunity to upset Australia when the home side won their triangular series one-day international by two wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.
Michael Clarke's 75, batting at number three, and Mike Hussey's cool head (65 not out) at the finish, enabled Australia to scramble to victory with eight balls to spare and remain unbeaten in the series, making 224 for eight from 48.4 overs in reply to New Zealand's 218. New Zealand had a great chance to finally break the shackles of recent Australian domination when they had the home side 17 for three early in their chase.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Sydney : Australia 224-8 beat New Zealand 218 by two wickets

Australia vs England Second Match at Brisbane

AUS vs ENG 2nd Match CB Series 2007 : Australia beat England by 4 wickets

England's winter is starting to gather a bit of momentum. On Tuesday, they won their first game of the tour against New Zealand. Today they went one better they almost beat Australia.
In the end England were beaten by four wickets with 11.2 overs to spare in the CB Series at Brisbane, but the aggressive, impressive manner in which they defended an apparently miserable total of 155 will give them tentative optimism for the remainder of the series and the forthcoming World Cup.
James Anderson bowled beautifully in helpful overhead conditions to finish with 2 for 29, and Jon Lewis ran through a skittish top order to take 4 for 36. At one stage Australia were 48 for 4 and then 108 for 6, but England were unable to break the will of the inevitable Mike Hussey. England collapsed after that, losing five wickets in a laughable seven-over period, before Andrew Flintoff (27) and Jamie Dalrymple (31) helped them limp to 155 all out. It seemed like a woefully under-par total; but for Hussey, it might have been enough.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Brisbane: Australia 156-6 (38.4 overs) beat England 155 (42 overs) by four wickets

Flintoff made captain after Vaughan injury

Andrew Flintoff will take over as England captain from injured Michael Vaughan for Fridays tri-series match against Australia in Brisbane, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said yesterday.
The appointment came after Vaughan had been ruled out of the one-day international by a hamstring tear that threatens to prematurely end his tour. Flintoff captained England in their 5-0 Ashes test loss to Australia but coach Duncan Fletcher later said the burden of leadership had affected his game. Flintoff has been in great form since Vaughan resumed the leadership and was named man of the match after scoring an unbeaten 72 against New Zealand on Tuesday when England chalked up their first win of an otherwise calamitous tour

England vs New Zealand First Match at Hobart

England beat New Zealand by three wickets

England gained its first win in 13 matches on its Australian tour, beating New Zealand by three wickets in Commonwealth Bank series ODI match.
Andy Flintoff made an unbeaten 72 at Bellerive Oval to guide England to 206 for seven in reply to New Zealand's 205 for nine and a nail-biting victory. England had previously suffered five straight losses in its Ashes test series against Australia, an eight-wicket loss to Australia in the first tri-series match and seven assorted losses against state or composite sides. England stumbled rather than strode towards victory, reaching the final over needing four runs to win with three wickets in hand, and took five balls and a series of scrambled singles to reach their target.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Hobart: England 206 for 7 (49.5 overs) bt New Zealand 205 for 9 (50 overs) by 7 wickets

Australia vs New Zealand First Match at Hobart

Australia beat New Zealand by 105 runs

Andrew Symonds scored 69 runs on Sunday as Australia beat New Zealand by 105 runs, its second straight win in the tri-series limited-overs tournament.
New Zealand was led by a Shane Bond hat trick and a half-century from Ross Taylor. Bond, 4-61, took three wickets with three consecutive balls in Australia's last over, but Symonds and Cameron White (45 runs from 31 balls) had already added 90 runs off 54 balls to speed Australia to 289-8 from its 50 overs. New Zealand was bowled out for 184 in reply after the dismissal of Taylor (84 from 82 balls) sparked a collapse that saw the Kiwis lose their last seven wickets for just 23 runs.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Hobart: Australia 289 for 8 (50.0 overs) bt New Zealand 184 all out (38.3 overs) by 105 runs

Australia vs England First Match at Melbourne

Australia beat England by eight wickets

Ricky Ponting guided Australia to an eight-wicket win in the opening tri-series ODI against England on Friday, extending his side's unbeaten stretch against the tourists in all versions of cricket this summer.
Ponting scored 82 from 96 balls as Australia reached 246 for two, surpassing England's 242 for eight with more than six overs to spare. He shared a 133-run partnership with Michael Clarke, who was unbeaten on 57 when Australia surpassed England's total. Kevin Pietersen top scored for England with 82 from 91 balls, but was ruled out for the remainder of the series after being struck in the ribs advancing down the pitch at a Glenn McGrath short ball. It was a major blow for England's series and World Cup ambitions.
The Australian chase started quickly, with Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden putting on 101 for the first wicket before Gilchrist was out for 60 from 61 balls, including five boundaries and a six. Australia plays New Zealand on Sunday. England's next match is against New Zealand at Hobart on Tuesday.
Commonwealth Bank Series, Melbourne: Australia 246-2 (45.2 overs) bt England 242-8 (50 overs) by eight wickets

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.