CAPTAIN Ricky Ponting admitted he could hardly watch as Australia secured their place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a nervy last- ball win against Pakistan at Centurion. Australia had restricted Pakistan to 205 for six and had looked on course for a simple victory when they were 140 for two in reply. A stunning batting collapse, however, saw Pontings side lose six wickets for just 47 runs and leave Australia in danger of falling short of the win they needed to progress. With the pressure mounting and Pakistans seamers finding some reverse swing late on, tailenders Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz defiantly scrambled the 19 runs they required for victory from the 25 balls remaining. A scampered bye ensured the two- wicket win from the final ball and secured a semi-final date with England at Centurion on Friday. I was chewing my fingers nails up there for the last little bit, said Ponting (right). That ended up being closer than I thought was possible. London Lite Thursday, 1 October 2009 43 medal for this miracle AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND CHAMPIONS TROPHY SEMI-FINAL (CENTURION) LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 1PM (STARTS 1.30PM) LAST MEETING 20 SEPTEMBER 2009 ENGLAND WON BY 4 WICKETS IT would be a bit rich for England to claim they hold a psychological advantage over tomorrows opponents after they narrowly avoided becoming the first international side to lose a one-day series 7-0 less than a fortnight ago. Graeme Swann attempted to do so, in a tongue and cheek fashion, a few days back, but the off-spinner was the man who did the damage at the Riverside, taking a career-best 5-28. Even then, England nearly made a fudge of chasing just 176. KEY MEN EOIN MORGAN ENGLAND THE Irish southpaw (left) has been nothing short of a revelation in this tournament and must be pushing his way into the selectors thoughts for Test inclusion ahead of the likes of Ian Bell. His instinctive and innovative style may not be suited to the longer format, but his quirky manner often overshadows the fact that, when hes not in all-out attack mode, his technique is very correct. RICKY PONTING AUSTRALIA THE Aussie captain said after yesterdays nervy win over Pakistan that he was unfazed by the prospect of facing England -- talk about an understatement! For Ponting, playing against England ought to be as daunting as making a cup of tea. He missed the first three matches of the recent NatWest series, but still managed to score a majestic ton at Trent Bridge and will doubtless rise to the occasion again. GROUP A FINAL TABLE P W L RR PTS AUSTRALIA 3 2 0 +0.51 5 PAKISTAN 3 2 1 +1.00 4 INDIA 3 1 1 +0.29 3 WEST INDIES 3 0 3 -1.54 0 GROUP B FINAL TABLE P W L RR PTS NEW ZEALAND 3 2 1 +0.782 4 ENGLAND 3 2 1 -0.487 4 SRI LANKA 3 1 2 -0.085 2 SOUTH AFRICA 3 1 2 -0.177 2 SEMI 1: Australia v England, tomorrow SEMI 2: New Zealand v Pakistan, Saturday CHAMPIONS TROPHY COMPLETE GROUP RESULTS South Africa vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 55 runs (D/L) Pakistan vs West Indies Pakistan won by 5 wickets South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa won by by 5 wickets Sri Lanka vs England England won by 6 wickets West Indies vs Australia Australia won by 50 runs India vs Pakistan Pakistan won by 54 runs New Zealand vs Sri Lanka New Zealand won by 38 runs South Africa vs England England won by 22 runs Australia vs India No result due to rain, one point each England vs New Zealand New Zealand won by 4 wickets Australia vs Pakistan Australia won by 2 wickets India vs West Indies India won by 7 wickets All games live on Sky Sports Familiarfoesmeet againasAustralia getbyePakistan LITESPORT Williamsintends tosilenceAudley once and for all BY GEOFF TEATHER Taking it on the chin: Williams on the way to victory over Harrison back in December 2005 FRIDAYS Prizefighter Heavy- weights III event will represent the last night of Audley Harrisons professional boxing career, accord- ing to Danny Williams. The pair have met twice before with one victory each and could meet in a mouth-watering Prizefighter final. If Audley doesnt win Prizefighter then it will be the end of his career he has to retire, said Williams, who would love to be the man responsible for bringing down the curtain on Harrisons shambolic career. I want to finish him and rightly so as he has been a profes- sional for eight years and hasnt achievedanythingor won any titles. He said he would win the British title in his first fight and started making derogatory statements about me. Weve had punch-ups at weigh-ins and things have got bad so weve now become enemies. When I hear him talking about me it doesnt upset me but when Im tired I think about him and it does push me that little bit harder. Audley Harrison is known for his talking and if world titles were given out for talking then he would have won three or four of them. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Montyoffto apoorstart COLIN MONTGOMERIE fired a double-bogey six on his first hole at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie. Europes Ryder Cup captain holds the course record -- a 64 in the 1995 Scottish Open. But Montgomerie, 46, has not had a top 10 finish since May last year. He is currently 99th on the European Tour money list and 250th on the world rankings. Partnering Tim Henman again in the pro-celebrity event -- the former British No1 tennis player is playing off one -- Montgomerie hit back after his dreadful start on the 466-yard 10th, grabbing birdies at the next two. But at level par, he was five behind joint leaders Michael Hoey and Jeppe Huldahl. Rory McIlroy, partnering his father Gerry in the team event, was also on level par. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html