England relieved to get their first win against minnows Scots


England 303/8 (50.0 ov)

Scotland 184 (42.2 ov)

England won by 119 runs

Christchurch:  Moeen Ali’s century led England to a 119-run victory over Scotland and a first victory of the World Cup.

Moeen scored 128 and shared 172 for the first wicket with the stuttering Ian Bell, who contributed 54.

But, when they were parted, England could only manage 131 runs in the final 20 overs as they posted 303-8.

Still, it was too many for Scotland, who never threatened an upset, despite Kyle Coetzer’s 71, and were bowled out for 184, with Steven Finn taking 3-26.

Following heavy defeats against co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, the success in Christchurch provides England with a much-needed morale boost.

However, little can be learned as to whether England are in better shape for the sterner tests to come – starting with Sri Lanka in Wellington on Sunday. England’s former captain Geoffrey Boycott said:  “England will wake up tomorrow relieved. They have played below par, but now they will feel they are in with a chance. All they have to do is win a couple more matches and get through to the quarter-finals. I think they have a good chance of beating Sri Lanka as I don’t think they are the force they used to be. Scotland need to improve their bowling. They can’t bowl at medium pace like that. It is not good enough at this level.”