Specials – Revisiting past Anglo-Scottish ODI duels

  Having missed out on World Cup qualification by a whisker, Scotland will look to make a further impact when they take on England in a one-off One-Day International at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on June 10. Despite their close geographic proximity, the two teams have played only four ODIs against each other so far. Here is a look back at those instances.

1) Edinburgh, 2008

  The first ODI meeting between England and Scotland ended without a result, due to rain. The game was reduced to 44-overs-a-side, and England, after electing to field, had Scotland on the mat at 11/3. Opener Gavin Hamilton, who had played for Scotland in the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, and also for England in a solitary Test match in 1999-00, brought all his experience to the fore.

  Hamilton scored a doughty 60, and put on 64 for the fourth wicket with wicketkeeper Colin Smith (36). Nevertheless, England did not loosen their grip on the game, and restricted the Scots to 156/9. Andrew Flintoff collected 3/21, while Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad took two wickets each. England were 10/0 in the third over when rain stopped play for good.

2) Edinburgh, 2010

  Hamilton was captain when Scotland next faced England, and he again produced a meaty effort. After being put into bat, Scotland lost Ryan Watson for a duck in the first over, before Hamilton (48) and Kyle Coetzer (51) added 86 for the second wicket. Coetzer’s dismissal to Michael Yardy gave England the opening they were looking for, and the score slid to 121/5 in the 30th over.

England v Scotland - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

         England captain Eoin Morgan bats during his team’s 2015 World Cup group match against Scotland at Christchurch (source – Getty Images/ICC)

  Wicketkeeper Dougie Lockhart struck 46 to take Scotland to a respectable total. The innings terminated at 211 in the last over, with Yardy (3/41) being the pick of the bowlers. The English openers, captain Andrew Strauss (61) and wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter (69), put on 121 in just 16 overs, and despite Majid Haq’s spell of 2/35, the visitors cruised to a seven-wicket win with 98 balls to spare.

3) Aberdeen, 2014

  England prevailed by 39 runs in what was another rain-hit affair, played at Mannofield Park. Captain Alastair Cook (44) and Ian Bell provided England with a strong start, sharing 83 for the first wicket after Scotland won the toss. This stand enabled England to reach a robust total of 167/6 in their 20 overs. Josh Davey scalped 3/28, with the last two wickets coming in successive balls. 

  Scotland’s rain-revised target was 173 from 20 overs, and they began shakily, struggling to 46/3 in the ninth over. Michael Leask, later named man of the match, came in at this point and gave England a scare by creaming 42 off 16 balls, including five sixes. However, his dismissal to James Tredwell (4/41) at 95 in the 13th over put paid to Scottish hopes, and the innings finished tamely at 133/9.

4) Christchurch, 2014-15

  England, following big defeats to Australia and New Zealand, desperately needed a win at the Hagley Oval to keep their World Cup campaign alive. Preston Mommsen inserted England in, and it was not until the 31st over that his bowlers took a wicket. Moeen Ali played the aggressor while Ian Bell played the anchor, as they put on 172 for the first wicket before the latter was dismissed for 54.

  Moeen smashed 128 in 107 balls, with 12 fours and five sixes, until his dismissal in the 35th over. Captain Eoin Morgan (46) kept the tempo going, and carried England to 303/8 (Josh Davey 4/68). Opener Kyle Coetzer scored 71 in the chase, but lacked support from the other end. Led by Steven Finn, the English bowlers proved too much to handle for Scotland, who subsided to 184 in the 43rd over.

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2 thoughts on “Specials – Revisiting past Anglo-Scottish ODI duels

  1. A couple of years ago they actually called a Scotland vs. England match off due to a waterlogged pitch… two weeks before the match was scheduled!

    I’m heading up to Scotland to watch the game. Hopefully the rain will stay away and we’ll see a thrilling contest.

  2. Yes, that washed out game was in 2012. Always frustrating when the Associates lose out on international matches due to the weather.

    That’s great, enjoy! I really want the Scottish pacers to test England. Here’s hoping that we get to see a competitive game with good weather 🙂

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