Time-wasting South Africa were punished by ‘Mother Cricket’ says England’s David Willey

England overcame South Africa’s attempts at time-wasting to set up an enthralling ODI series decider at Headingley.

Matthew Mott's side bowled out the Proteas for 83 and romped to a 118-run victory at Old Trafford to level the series 1-1. 

South Africa never looked close to hitting the 202 target as they slumped to six for four. However, a sprinkling or light rain gave the tourists a slight chance at avoiding defeat.

Had England not closed out the win in 20 overs, the match would have been abandoned, effectively ruining the hosts' chances of claiming the series.

Heinrich Klaasen delayed play for eight minutes after underlining his concerns about a small patch of white at the bottom of the sightscreen.

The player was given a verbal volley from England captain Jos Buttler after stumping him for 33. South Africa were soon all out just four balls after the 20-over mark was reached.

David Willey hit back at the clear example of gamesmanship, saying: "What do you think? It was frustrating, to be polite.

"I think it was clear what they were trying to do. They were hoping the rain was going to stick around a bit longer and we'd be off so they could go to Headingley 1-0 up and unable to lose the series.

"I'm thinking Mother Cricket came around, they lost a couple more wickets and the game was beyond them. They knew what they were doing, we knew what they were doing and the umpires just needed to make a call and get on with the game."

Looking back at the result, he added: "We definitely didn't expect to win by that margin but we knew we had to bowl well and field well. We put them under pressure and managed to keep our foot on their throat.

"Reece [Topley] and I have gone pretty well so far and it helps that we've played on some pitches that have been bowler friendly. We've both got a little bit out of the pitches, but you've got to put the ball in the right place to get the reward. We've done quite well and hopefully that can continue."

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