Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty of Australia head back to the pavilion after falling short of the target during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A fixture between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2013 in London, England.
Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty of Australia head back to the pavilion after falling short of the target during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A fixture between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2013 in London, England. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Aussies out while England and Sri Lanka progress to semis

ENGLAND beat the rain, and New Zealand by 10-runs, in Cardiff yesterday to secure a semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy.

In a game delayed by five hours because of the wet weather, and reduced to 24 overs each, England made 169 all-out before restricting the Kiwis to eight for 159.

The result meant that for the Black Caps to progress to the semi-finals, they needed Australia to beat Sri Lanka, but not by a large enough margin to better the Kiwis' superior net run-rate.

With Sri Lanka having beat Australia last night, England has qualified as runners-up and will meet unbeaten Pool B winners India in Cardiff on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Australia A needed to take another seven wickets overnight to beat Ireland on the final day of the four-day clash in Belfast.

Ireland was three for 51, needing a further 250 for victory, after Aussie captain Brad Haddin declared with his side on 0 for 174 in its second innings.

NSW opener Nic Maddinson smashed 113 from just 63 balls, including 13 fours and six sixes.



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