Unchanged side for England


Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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England gave the same side that was humiliated by New Zealand in Wellington a chance to redeem themselves in their key World Cup clash with Scotland.

The eight-wicket defeat to the Black Caps on Friday was one of England’s worst at a World Cup, but they opted against any panicked moves to keep the same team for the third successive game.

England’s under-fire batsmen were also given an immediate chance to try and repair their reputations, after they were bowled out for 123 on Friday, after Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen won the toss and sent them in on a cloudy morning in Christchurch.

Scotland were chasing their first ever World Cup win and made two changes from the side beaten by New Zealand in their opener. Freddie Coleman and Ali Evans came in for Hamish Gardiner and Rob Taylor.

England made the confident start they were after as Moeen Ali and Ian Bell combined in a century stand.

Moeen survived an early scare on seven, when Coleman was late to get down to a chance at cover, but England’s openers were then hardly troubled.

Moeen was more aggressive as he thumped Josh Davey back over his head shortly after his reprieve before clearing the rope again when spinner Majid Haq was introduced.

The left-hander reached his first half-century of the tour, from 39 balls, with his sixth four off Davey and then crunched Richie Berrington away to bring up the 100-run stand from 99 balls.

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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