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  1. Match abandoned: SA 250-5 (33.3)
  2. De Kock 138* off 96 balls
  3. England's second highest ODI total
  4. Buttler 105 off 76, Stokes 57, Hales 57
  5. England lead 1-0 in five-match series

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By Stephan Shemilt, Phil Dawkes and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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Is there anything else to say? I don't think so. Rain or no rain, England were good for their win in this series opener. Can South Africa get it together for Port Elizabeth on Saturday? Join us at 11:00 GMT to find out.

Man of the match

Man of the match Quinton de Kock, who scored 138 not out for South Africa: "We lost wickets at bad times but we were on line to win it. It is cricket. Things happen. I just tried to give some info to batsmen coming in. It was a good wicket to get in. If the rain didn't come hopefully we could have got over the line."

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Sally Smith: Can't help but think this ODI team will look even better with Vince, Broad and Finn in it somewhere!

'It was a monumental effort'

England captain Eoin Morgan: "It's a nice way to start the series. We would have liked to play a full game; it would have been a fantastic game of cricket.

"You'd take 399 every day - it was a monumental effort. The tone was set by the two openers and continued right down the innings. Jos was phenomenal. He is someone who can certainly change the game."

'It would have been a good finish'

South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "It is not ideal but England played well. They took the momentum and the initiative. It is disappointing that it ended this way. It was a good toss to win and good conditions to bat at the beginning. We can be better at adapting early on in the next game.

"We had a strategic meeting at the break and knew what to do.We were on target but lost one or two wickets too many. We were on with the run-rate and it would have been a good finish."

Presentation time. More tricky questions for AB de Villiers...

Buttler 'one of the best in the world'

England batsman Alex Hales, who made 57 off 47 balls, Sky Sports: "It was pretty much a perfect batting performance.

"We know we can clear the ropes down to number 10. It's nice knowing that everyone in the team can hold their end - and everyone's natural game is to score at a run a ball."

On Jos Buttler's 105 off 76 balls: "In my opinion he's turning himself into one of the best one-day players in the world. What we saw today was fantastic."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

AB De Villiers
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"Unless De Villiers comes to the party and the bowling improves they have a problem beating England. In a five-match series your money is on England. You think of the World Cup and we are light years ahead of that. They take it to the opposition and hit the new ball hard.

"De Villiers will be lucky if he gets to sleep tonight. When you don't get runs and lose your mind is all over the place. He will be worried at the moment."

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Has to be said that if England are ever in the position where all their batsmen click, they will probably need to declare.

Tattz in Nottingham

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Ben Stokes celebrates with his team mates

"The magic moment of the match was Stokes running, full tilt round the boundary, and he sticks one hand out to catch De Villiers. That was the moment England had the game."  

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David Beckett: Duckworth-Lewis is a more devastating partnership than Ambrose-Walsh, Laker-Lock, McGrath-Warne, Wasim-Waqar or Lillie-Thompson.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Quinton De Kock

"De Kock was outstanding. He is a talent - I know he can play. It's such an easy, free-flowing batsman. He gave South Africa a sniff but the others got out."

The series to come...

ODI series

  • 1st ODI, Bloemfontein: England won by 39 runs (D-L).
  • 6 Feb: 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, 11:30 GMT
  • 9 Feb: 3rd ODI, Centurion, 08:00
  • 12 Feb: 4th ODI, Johannesburg, 11:30
  • 14 Feb: 5th ODI, Cape Town, 08:00

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Jos Buttler
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"I said when Buttler was new to the game that he had to go higher up the order. People who can hurt you need to have as much of the bowling as possible. It is like Viv Richards. Why would you bat him at seven when he can kill teams higher up?

"I thought England were coasting at the end. I thought England couldn't bowl as badly as South Africa and we didn't. We had enough nous to bowl tighter. We were always 15 runs ahead of the game."

England, by the way, have won nine of their 15 completed ODIs since the World Cup.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It looked like it was going to be a high-scoring game - I thought England would get 350. What I didn't realise the inexperience and poorness of the South Africa bowling - they were all at sea. They bowled full, short, wide. Their lack of discipline showed at this level and England plundered runs."

Final scorecard

England won by 39 runs (D-L method) - lead 1-0 in series

England 399-9 (50 overs)

Buttler 105 (79), Stokes 57 (38), Hales 57 (37); Morris 3-74

South Africa 250-5 (33.3 overs)

De Kock 138* (96), Moeen 3-43 

Close of play - England win by 39 runs

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And that is it, a rather damp end to what was bubbling up to an exciting finish. South Africa might feel aggrieved that their chase was curtailed, but England have been the better side today. 

...only a rumour, mind.

I've heard a rumour that this game is over...

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"The umpires walked on, then walked off towards the dressing rooms."

Embarrassing moments in front of a cricketer

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I nudged a guy out the way to grab the hand of Jason Gillespie in a bar in Birmingham to congratulate him on his double century a few weeks earlier for Australia. I turned to leave and realised the guy I'd bumped out the way was then-England captain Michael Vaughan. I slapped him on the knee and wished him a full recovery from his knee ailments.

Andy in Liverpool
Rain at the ground

Still the rain falls, still the covers are in place. I can't believe that we'll get back on tonight.

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Once when stewarding at the mighty Cobblers, when we shared the ground with NCCC, during an evening game late in the season, I told a spectator to get off the outfield as it was wet and the cricket season was about to start. It was dark so I didn't know who it was. But a certain David Capel was not impressed.

Phil Edwards in Northants

TMS is now reporting that if it is still raining at 19:30, this game will be toast.

Ben, you're opening up a whole new debate there. A time when you've met a cricketer and not realised it.

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Embarrassing moments in front of a cricketer

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I once stopped Micheal Holding at Trent Bridge for a photo. Bring rather intoxicated I proceeded to try and jump on his back and rub his head saying it would give me luck with my bowling. It really didn't.


Ah. I'm hearing word that the wet stuff has returned. Perhaps time to start making other plans.

No further news on the weather just yet. There are 68 minutes left for us to get some cricket in.

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If the rain has stopped, then we need to get cleared up sharpish. Whatever happens, we won't be getting in the 16.3 overs that remain.

Rain seems to have stopped. Cleanup underway. Cutoff time 20:18 GMT. Possible that we could still see some cricket tonight. #SAvsENG

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Totum: Embarrassing moments in front of cricketers. Bowling to de Kock earlier. Thanks C Jordan.

I'm hearing some chat that the game has to be completed by 20:18 GMT. The countdown is on.


TV is going back to highlights from the start of the day, so that's an indication what we won't be seeing any live cricket for a while. I wonder if a second look at the first innings will make South Africa's bowling performance any better?

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Star struck in a coffee shop in Nottingham in 2005 the day before the Test match, and being confronted by Michael Vaughan, Mrs M asked: "How do you get your whites so white?"

Ewen Macgregor