Sport in brief

The Guardian Weekly - - Sport -

• Eng­land’s crick­eters can­tered to a re­mark­able 211-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s. The game was de­cided quickly on the fourth day, with 19 wick­ets fall­ing as bats­men from both sides suc­cumbed to spin bowl­ing on a dry pitch. Set 331 to win, South Africa were bun­dled out for 119 in their sec­ond in­nings with Eng­land’s Moeen Ali fin­ish­ing with ca­reer-best match fig­ures of 10 for 112 and the man-of-the-match award. But it was new Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root’s first-in­nings score of 190 that proved the dif­fer­ence. “I didn’t know what to ex­pect, but what was pleas­ing was ev­ery­thing I asked of the lads they were very open to do and re­sponded to it,” Root said. “I wanted us to be proac­tive, to stay ahead of the game and, when there was an op­por­tu­nity, to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.” The sec­ond Test was due to start this Fri­day in Not­ting­ham.

• Eng­land’s women crick­eters earned a vi­tal three-run win over Aus­tralia in Bris­tol as the group stages of the World Cup came to the boil. The world’s top two-ranked sides also oc­cu­pied the lead­ing places in the group stage ta­ble after the re­sult, with both look­ing well placed to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals. In­dia, New Zealand and South Africa were also chas­ing a place in the last four, with one side set to miss out.

• Lewis Hamil­ton said his dis­ap­point­ment at fin­ish­ing fourth at the Aus­trian Grand Prix, de­spite an im­pres­sive re­cov­ery drive from eighth on the grid, was a re­flec­tion of the in­ten­sity of the For­mula One world cham­pi­onship this sea­son. Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team-mate, Valt­teri Bot­tas, won at the Red Bull Ring, while sec­ond-placed Se­bas­tian Vet­tel ex­tended his lead in the ti­tle race. “This is an in­tense bat­tle which I’m lov­ing and I think we are lov­ing as a team, but I want to win this cham­pi­onship,” Hamil­ton said.

• In the men’s sin­gles at Wim­ble­don, No 4 seed Rafael Nadal was stunned in the fourth round by Lux­em­bourg’s Gilles Müller, who won an epic fi­nal de­cid­ing set by 15-13. No 5 seed Stan Wawrinka was also an early ca­su­alty. The women’s sin­gles – al­ready opened up by the ab­sence of Ser­ena Wil­liams, who is ex­pect­ing her first child – was up for grabs after the top seed An­gelique Ker­ber and the No 3 seed Karolina Pliskova both fell by the way­side be­fore the quar­ter-fi­nal stage.

• In foot­ball’s close sea­son trans­fer mar­ket, Manch­ester United signed Bel­gian striker Romelu Lukaku from Ever­ton for £75m ($96m). Wayne Rooney went in the op­po­site di­rec­tion by re­join­ing the Good­i­son Park club, where he be­gan his ca­reer. Mean­while, Chelsea signed Ger­man de­fender An­to­nio Rüdi­ger from Roma for £29m.

Hats off … Eng­land’s Moeen Ali

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