London: A fine all-round performance by England helped them to register their first win of the summer against SA by 4 wickets. Having bowled out the Proteas for 211, England chased the target down in 48 overs.
Pacer Jade Dernbach marked his return to England duty with three wickets in a four-wicket win over his native South Africa in the third one-dayer at The Oval.
The two combined in the highest partnership of the match – 108 runs for the fourth wicket – as England squared the five-match ODI series 1-1 with two to play, the first match of the series in Cardiff a week ago having been abandoned.
The fourth ODI is at Lord's on Sunday.
Although England endured a couple of nervy moments at the end, the Protea bowlers trundled and toiled against a determined home side after the visitors' had won the toss and elected to bat. Robbie Peterson had Alastair Cook (20) caught by Dean Elgar in the square-leg deep after Dale Steyn had trapped Ian Bell in front for 12; Ravi Bopara was out for nought, glancing a thin edge to AB De Villiers off Morne Morkel, but generally the Proteas' lacked penetration, England going about their business with consummate professionalism.
Indeed, Eoin Morgan played the innings of the match, spanking several sixes over extra-cover and generally cutting and late-cutting with rare fluency. He looked more at ease than the dogged Trott before he skied a slower ball from Peterson to be caught and bowled as he attempted a hoik over mid-wicket, Peterson finishing with two for 39 in his ten overs.
Trott and Craig Kieswetter (14) then set about hunting the win, the job finally being finished by James Treadwell and Samit Patel.
On a wicket on which it was difficult to be fluent, the Proteas cobbled together a no more than modest total earlier in the day.
The innings was given early voema by Hashim Amla's 43, and Elgar - batting at three - added backbone with a more careful 42 before being bowled by a slower ball. There were also useful twenties and thirties for JP Duminy (33), De Villiers (28) and Peterson (23 not out) as the visitors' struggled to deal with the stranglehold which came about due to some tidy and intelligent England bowling.
England's James Anderson took four for 44 but arguably the more significant nine-over spell came from Jade Dernbach. He took three for 44 but his wickets – particularly those of Amla and Elgar – were vital in restricting the South Africans.
South Africa 211 (Amla 43, Elgar 42, Anderson 4-44, Dernbach 3-44)
England 212 for 6 (Morgan 73, Trott 71)
Result England won by four wickets
MOM Eoin Morgan (England)