. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Disastrous Tour Ends With Loss for England

PORT ELIZABETH -- England's disastrous cricket tour of South Africa finished in another defeat when it was comfortably beaten by 64 runs in the seventh and final one-day international.


In reply to South Africa's 218 for nine, England collapsed from 70-2 to 154 all out in 46.1 overs Sunday. Seamer Fanie de Villiers took 4-32 and off-spinner Pat Symcox 2-31 as England once again lost wickets at regular intervals.


South Africa took the one-day series by a decisive margin of 6-1 after earlier winning the five-match test series 1-0.


Of the England batsmen, only Graeme Hick occupied the crease for any length of time Sunday to top-score with 43.


England had been set back on their heels with the early loss of captain Michael Atherton for three in the fourth over, then England struggled to force the pace on a pitch where the older ball did not come freely onto the bat.


The result was all the more disappointing for England as they had done well to restrict South Africa to below 220 after they had reached 123 for two by the 30th over.


For South Africa, all-rounder Adrian Kuiper hit an unbeaten 61, captain Hansie Cronje crafted a fluent 60 and opening batsman Andrew Hudson launched the innings with a solid 44.