England, SAfrica draw ODI series after 3rd match washed out

July 24, 2022 GMT
South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, tries to bat as England's Jos Butler, left, attends the third one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa in Leeds, England, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, tries to bat as England's Jos Butler, left, attends the third one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa in Leeds, England, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, tries to bat as England's Jos Butler, left, attends the third one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa in Leeds, England, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, tries to bat as England's Jos Butler, left, attends the third one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa in Leeds, England, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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South Africa's Quinton de Kock, right, tries to bat as England's Jos Butler, left, attends the third one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa in Leeds, England, Sunday, July 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LEEDS, England (AP) — England and South Africa drew their one-day international series 1-1 after the third and final match was abandoned because of rain at Headingley on Sunday.

Only 27.4 overs were possible in Leeds, during which South Africa reached 159-2, before a no result was called about 4 p.m. local time.

There was a first rain delay in the 21st over — when the Proteas were 119-2 — and a resumption, by which time the match was reduced to 45 overs a side. Only 6.5 more overs were possible before the players were forced off by more rain and never returned.

Quinton de Kock was 92 not out off 76 balls and looked to be on course for an 18th ODI century. Aiden Markram was 24 not out.

Janneman Malan (11) and Rassie van der Dussen (26) were the batters to lose their wickets.

The abandonment scuppered England’s hopes of securing a first white-ball series victory since Jos Buttler took over the captaincy from the retired Eoin Morgan.

England went into Sunday’s match looking to avoid the prospect of a third straight white-ball series defeat, having lost five of their previous eight ODI or Twenty20 matches this month.

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