Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Scotland stuns top-ranked England 1st time in thrilling ODI shock

Scotland stuns top-ranked England 1st time in thrilling ODI shock

While arguably the best gloveman of his generation, a strike-rate of 70.52 with the bat is low by modern standards and had Cape Town not occurred, there is every chance his return to the one-day side for the 4-1 post-Ashes defeat to England may have been brief, given Alex Carey, the power-hitting South Australian wicketkeeper, is pushing hard in reserve.

Scotland enjoyed the greatest victory in their cricket history by holding their nerve to beat world number one-ranked England by six runs in a thrilling one-day global at Edinburgh on Sunday. Wood was trapped lbw by Safyaan Sharif and cue jubilant scenes for Scotland's first ever victory over England.

It was the most of impressive of responses to the savage blow dealt to Scotland earlier this year when they played fine cricket throughout the World Cup qualifying competition but controversially missed out on making it to the finals as a result of poor decisions by officials, a lack of technological support by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the competition's organisers and appalling luck when their decisive match against the West Indies was rained off with the match in the balance.

It did not like it would be for Scotland when Moeen and Plunkett were adding 71 for the eighth wicket but Moeen senselessly threw it away before Rashid then ran himself out. "I think it's an astounding appointment". "We've been waiting for this for so long".

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It will be a huge concern to England a year before they host the World Cup that their attack could look so toothless and concede so many against an associate team full of club players. "I can't see the criticism", he concluded.

Captain Eoin Morgan said that the defeat will act as flawless preparation for the series, and Bairstow agreed that it will be a completely different challenge to face an Australia side going through an uncertain period following the suspension of two key players and a change in leadership.

Scotland's total was their highest at this level, surpassing their 341 for nine against fellow non-Test nation Canada at Christchurch four years ago.

He put on an even 200 for the third and fourth wickets combined in the company of Richie Berrington and the impressive George Munsey, who struck a 51-ball 55.

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But they lost both openers in quick succession to be 107 for two.

"Twelve months down the line, to score five hundreds and three on the bounce, I am pleased with where I have gone".

Jason Roy and Bairstow launched England's reply with a century stand but Bairstow holed out when he might have won the game. Moeen Ali tried to fix the damage with a 33-ball 46 but England had left themselves too much to do.

Victory completed a notable double over England for the Sole family.

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Calum MacLeod on Sunday (June 10) described Scotland's maiden win over England as "a great day in Scottish cricket history".

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