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Summary

  1. South Africa bowled out for 207 as England win opening World Cup game
  2. Stokes takes brilliant one-handed catch on boundary to remove Phehlukwayo
  3. Phil Tufnell calls it the 'catch of the century' on Test Match Special
  4. Archer stars with ball, taking 3-27; Stokes ends with 2-12, Plunkett 2-37
  5. Stokes (89) earlier led England to 311-8 - Morgan 57, Roy 54, Root 51, Ngidi 3-66
  6. SA opened bowling with leg-spinner Tahir, who had Bairstow caught behind off second delivery of match
  7. BBC has ball-by-ball TMS coverage and in-play clips of every World Cup game (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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  1. Clips of the day

    England got their World Cup off to a winning start as they beat South Africa by 104 runs at the Oval.

    Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes were the star men - here's some of the best action of the day.

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  2. Who's next?

    Friday's game sees West Indies take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge and you'll get the same, full, treatment from us.

  3. Who's next?

    England are next in action against Pakistan on Monday at Trent Bridge, while South Africa stay at the Oval to face Bangladesh on Sunday.

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    Grinny: The England-supporting miserabilist in me fears we've peaked too early......I can't help it

    Melanie Couldrey: Must admit I didn’t think 311 was quite enough but a great bowling and fielding performance. And that catch... the best shot of it is the one with the crowd behind becoming a sea of dropped jaws as he takes it.

  5. Post update

    There were a few overs when South Africa (in red) were ahead of the chase but England just kept taking wickets...

    Worm
  6. Post update

    You may think Michael Vaughan is a touch premature talking about the semis there but in case you didn't know, it's one group of 10 teams and the top four go into the semis.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on TMS

    I can only see England gaining more and more confidence. It will only come down to what semi-final venue do they play at. A lot of pitches will be like this - dry, with spin, slower balls, playing a part.

    But I think the bouncer, a pacey bouncer, will be massive in this World Cup because these white balls aren't swinging .You need pace, and Archer brings that variant.

  8. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    Test Match Special statistician

    England, since the 2015 World Cup, have won 59 one-day matches, lost 23 and tied one.

    In the last six World Cups they had won just five of their 22 matches against top eight-ranked teams, so a welcome win for England in that regard.

  9. 'Archer was outstanding'

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We were very good today, we were good as a batting unit even though we couldn't score a considerable total which was our Plan A. But we felt that the score we had on the board was above average.

    "Ben Stokes has had a full day, his catch was absolutely outstanding. He is a matchwinner and lifts everybody. The bowling unit got off to a great start and learned from the way South Africa executed what they did.

    "Jofra Archer bowled fast and accurate on a slow pitch, it was outstanding from a young guy. He's taking everything in his stride, it's very exciting.

    "We won't have days like this every time."

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    Sam Curran

    England all-rounder on TMS

    I wish I could do that! It's pretty special to see that.

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    England bowler Jofra Archer on Sky Sports: "Honestly it was a great atmosphere. Everyone exploded when my name was announced and it's a great feeling.

    "It give me that little bit extra. My bouncer is a wicket taking ball and a dot ball so I'd be stupid not to use it."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on TMS

    There was some sloppy batting in the middle from South Africa. That's the effect of someone like Jofra Archer. That's what a bowler can do to a team - his pace, his accuracy, his skill. He is one big cherry on top of the cake. Those deliveries in that first spell, they were rockets.

  13. 'Outplayed in every department'

    South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "We were outplayed in all three departments. Jofra Archer took two wickets up front and Hashim Amla [was injured] as well, so it was basically three down. I thought 300 was par, we were bowling cutters, but there were some really good batting performances from England.

    "We wanted to target the openers with leg spin, they are good players of pace so throw something different at them. We will try some more things.

    "I thought we bowled great, England batted very well but we kept picking up wickets. Hashim Amla is OK now, he was all over the place when he came off the field but hopefully he is oK for the next game."

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    BBC Test Match Special

    More from Ben Stokes on his catch: "To be honest I was in the wrong position. If I was in the right position it would have been regulation. That feeling for about five seconds when I was facing the crowd and everyone was cheering, it was phenomenal."

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    South Africa's Imran Tahir speaking to Test Match Special: "To be honest I think we did a great job to restrict them - I thought it would be 370, 380, but we did well as a group. I think. The England bowlers bowled and fielded really well."

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  16. 'Best fielding performance in three years'

    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Ben Stokes on Test Match Special: "Fantastic. I'm sure there was few nerves kicking around - I've not felt like that in a long time when we arrived at the ground. To come away with a win is a fantastic start.

    "We've played amazing cricket over the last four years but when you get to these type of moments, it's that pressure, I guess.

    "To perform as we did - I think that's the best we've fielded in about two or three years. The amount of runs we saved was absolutely brilliant."

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    Any footage to back this up?

    SMS Message: I took one almost as good in 1987 playing for Sheffield Bankers against Abbeydale at Millhouses Park. Fielding at point, the batsman absolutely middled a ferocious cut which was rising as it headed into my zone, providing I dived, which I did, right arm outstretched. It hit my hand, stuck, and stayed there as I rolled over. I stood up immediately and threw the ball in the air in celebration, not really believing I'd held it. As the batsman trudged off he grumpily said, "Every dog has his day." He was right because for the rest of the season I couldn't catch a cold. from Adrian, Stanwell
    Adrian, Stanwell
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    England all-rounder Ben Stokes: "I had a panic on for the catch, I was further in then I should have been. Luckily it stuck, I didn't know how to react as it was a regulation catch if I was in the right position!

    "The messages from the batsmen early on were that it was tricky and try to get to 300. They were hard to get away, boundaries were hard to come by but we did well to get 300+.

    "The atmosphere was fantastic, thanks to everyone for coming out and we hope it continues."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on TMS

    Any team's successes is generally geared around the all-rounder. Ben Stokes finding form in the first game of the World Cup is a huge boost for England. His innings with the bat was really smart - and that's the way I'd describe this England performance: smart.