Scotland v England: One-day international, Aberdeen, as it happened

England comfortably beat Scotland in a rain-reduced one-day international to give Peter Moores a winning return as head coach.

9 May 2014 Last updated at 14:30 GMT

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  1. 19:50: 

    So the summer of international cricket has begun with an England win. Sterner tests will lie ahead, beginning with a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on 20 May. Join us then but, for now, enjoy your Friday night.

  2. 19:48: 

    So, on the return of Peter Moores, England begin their new era by avoiding a Scottish embarrassment. In the end, it was all quite comfortable, wasn't it?

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    Pete Naylor: Well done England. Well batted, well bowled and well fielded. Solid, if not great, all round.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Both teams put on a good spectacle in difficult, challenging conditions ,and the two Associate umpires did well to keep the game moving."

  5. 20 overs: 
    England win by 39 runs

    Harry Gurney, who has a touch of Hugh Jackman about him, is entrusted with the final over. Twice Haq goes on the Friday-night pull, the second of which brings him a boundary. A single gives Alasdair Evans three balls to survive, which he does by belting the last game of the match for four. When all's said and done, they shake hands with England taking victory by 39 runs.

  6. 19 overs: 
    Sco 122-9 (target 173)

    Chris Jordan scurries in, striving to be the man that wraps this one up. Majid Haq is tucked up by a short one, then number 11 Alasdair Evans swings from the hip to slice over slip for four. The subdued atmosphere is briefly lifted, we have one final over before we can put this contest to bed.

  7. 18 overs: 
    WICKET- Wardlaw c Jordan b Bopara 2 (Sco 111-9)

    Start the bagpipes, this one is almost toast. A short ball from Ravi Bopara is short-armed by Iain Wardlaw, straight to Chris Jordan at short mid-wicket. Scotland have lost six wickets for 41 runs and are one more from defeat.

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    Paul Wragg: James Foster for England.... should always have been considered more so then he has. Best keeper we have.

    His Essex coach Paul Grayson would agree with you...

  9. 17 overs: 
    Sco 106-8 (target 173)

    We're fizzling out here, Scotland merely looking to limp to the end. England apply the pressure - in comes a slip for Haq after new man Iain Wardlaw gets off the mark. Three overs remaining, but we can already chalk Peter Moores 2.0 down as played one, won one.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Majid Haq had eaten up seven or eight balls there, bringing the pressure back on Preston Mommsen who had to gamble and try to hit across Chris Jordan. You've now got the tail-enders, so anything short around the rib area will not be welcomed. I know, I was a tail-ender."

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  11. 16.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Mommsen b Jordan 9 (Sco 104-8)

    Neck and crop. Preston Mommsen is swinging across the line, getting nothing bur fresh air and hearing the death rattle behind him. Chris Jordan, the bowler, celebrates with a snarl. England are two balls from winning this one.

  12. 16 overs: 
    Sco 104-7 (target 173)

    Ah, the shops may be shut in Aberdeen now. Ravi Bopara back to replace Harry Gurney, met with the straight bat of new man Majid Haq. Four overs to go, Scotland need 69. Not happening.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's the first real mistake from the Scotland batting. The straight boundaries are short, so hit the ball down the ground."

  14. 14.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Davey c Gurney b Tredwell 0 (Sco 103-7)

    And the next one, please. Josh Davey is on the reverse sweep from the first ball he faces, firing Tredwell straight to Harry Gurney at short third man. From being taking apart by Michael Leask, Tredwell has quickly picked up a four-fer.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's now or never for Scotland, Taylor went with the right option and tried to go down the ground, but toe-ended it and it was a good catch by Chris Jordan at long-on. Tredwell did well, floating the ball up and encouraging the batsman to hit out. But with these short boundaries, you're never out of it - half a connection, and it's a boundary."

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  16. 14.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Jordan b Tredwell 1 (Sco 98-6)

    This could end in a hurry. Scotland, quite rightly, are swinging like a rusty gate, but it's costing them men. Robvert Taylor looks to take James Tredwell downtown, but only picks out Chris Jordan at long-on.

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    Alwaysright: Both teams playing in same colour blue. So why not both play in aesthetically pleasing white? Well it would please me anyway.

    Mark Robinson: So glad Anderson's back in a one-day shirt!

  18. 14 overs: 
    Sco 98-5 (target 173)

    Harry Gurney, selected for his leftie yorkers and slower-balls at the death into the attack as Robert Tayklor arrives at the crease. It's dark, but only because the sun is going down, not because of the threat of rain. Very good from Gurney, variations of length and pace ensure only three come from it. Six left, Scotland need 75 from 36 balls.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Big wicket. England were feeling the pressure and the spinner was being hit out of the park, so they needed to make something happen."

  20. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- Leask c Anderson b Tredwell 42 (Sco 95-5)
    Michael Leask hits out

    Ah, that's a shame, but a mighty relief for England. Michael Leask once more looks to clear the fence, this time at the longest part of the ground over cow corner. Another yard and he'd have made it, but instead he picks out James Anderson, who adds to the wonderful standard of catching today by plucking it out above his head. Leask goes for 42 from 16 balls. Game over?

  21. 12.2 overs: 
    Sco 93-4

    Out of the ground! Michael Leask has hit this one a mile, dancing to smash James Tredwell into a different post code. The 23-year-old, a club cricketer, is giving England a scare now. Here we go again - another six! This time over cow corner. England scratch heads and look worried. Leask has 41 from 13 balls. Scotland need 80 from 46. New balls are sent for...

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mommsen is the man in form and Scotland will be looking for him to pull something out of the bag here."

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  23. 12 overs: 
    Sco 81-4 (target 173)

    Bopara goes to the well once too often and Michael Leask is on to it. Slower ball pumped long and straight for six. What next? Quicker, swipe, inside edge for four. 11 from it, and the wicket, Leask on to 29 from 11 balls. Can he Scotland a sniff? Preston Mommsen is the new batsman.

  24. 11.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Machan c Bell b Bopara 33 (Sco 70-4)

    My word, this is coming down with snow on it. Slow from Ravi Bopara, Matt Machan reaching to hit it out of Aberdeen. He can only succeed in sending it into orbit, coming down between mid on and mid off. Chris Jordan wants no part of the catch, calling "Bell" as it climbs high. Sure enough, Ian Bell pouches it chest-high.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Whatever happens in this game, Scotland can be enormously proud of what they have put on today. The crowd and the staff at the ground have done a great job and the cricket has been very good."

  26. 11 overs: 
    Sco 70-3 (target 173)

    Tredwell, round of belly, is experimenting with his pace. First loopy, then a flatter one that Leask is dancing to hammer through the covers. Then...oh, massive! Michael Leask, a wonderful strike, a slog-sweep picked up over square leg for the jackpot. 14 from the Tredwell over - Scotland making a move.

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    Rory: Can anyone explain to me why the target is D/L adjusted? Surely it's just a simple 20-over-a-side match now?

    It's because it takes account of the fact that when England began their innings, they thought they were playing a 23-over match.

  28. 10 overs: 
    Sco 54-3 (target 173)

    Michael Leask is the new man, watching on from the non-striker's end as a mature lady with some binoculars peers over a wall. Ravi Bopara on to bowl his allsorts, one of which is a long-hop that Leask, now at the business end, swivels to pull for six. Halfway through, Scotland need 119 from the final 10 overs.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook will be all over the new batsman, making it very difficult to get Machan on strike."

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  30. 8.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Coetzer b Tredwell 8 (Sco 46-3)

    England's subdued celebrations tell us that this contest is well under control and that James Tredwell has picked up a bit of a gimme. Offie Tredwell is around the wicket to Kyle Coetzer. The skipper is on the sweep, but the ball hits his thigh and is deflected onto the stumps by his forearm. Are we now just going through the motions? I think so.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a big period for both teams. The spinner will be introduced soon and Scotland will go on the attack."

  32. 8 overs: 
    Sco 39-2 (target 173)

    "What?" Chris Jordan's disbelieving cry is heard all around the ground when an appeal for caught behind against Coetzer is denied. Jordan may be incredulous, but no one else appealed with him. In effect, it looked like he was celebrating just for beating the bat. Still, the Sussex man is doing the business and Scotland are well off the pace. 11 an over required.

  33. 7 overs: 
    Sco 37-2 (target 173)
    James Anderson

    Coetzer finally gets hold of the excellent Anderson, bunting to long on and into the shadows for four. Anderson replies with an absolute trimmer, squaring up the groping skipper. The pacer exits the attack with figures of 2-22. Top class. Perhaps because of the location of this game, Iggy Pop's Lust For Life, the music from the film Trainspotting, pops into my head. Choose a coach. Choose an assistant. Choose to axe your best batsman. Choose to axe Goochy because the daddy hundreds have dried up. Choose Cook.

  34. 6 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Sco 31-2 (Machan 19, Coetzer 1)

    Scotland haven't forgotten their one-over powerplay, taking it early and as Chris Jordan comes into the attack. Arms whirring, ball held out in front, Jordan makes a poor start - short and cut for four by Machan. When the leftie charges, Joe Root is given a chase to long off, one he makes a complete mess of in the mud. The crowd in the small stand down there are clearly sympathetic, polite applause - "good effort, old boy". Don't believe it. Root might now want his mum.

  35. 5 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Scot 22-2 (target 173)

    Scotland are struggling to do anything in the face of the James Anderson metronome, the ball not threatening to leave the square. Oh, Anderson has made this one sing, Kyle Coetzer only able to get a thick edge through to Jos Buttler.! Dropped. That's poor from the keeper, a regulation chance that should be held.


    BBC Scotland's Andrew Thomson at Mannofield: "Swamp-like conditions around the media tent. The pitch looks dry as a bone in comparison."

  37. 4 overs: 
    Sco 19-2 (target 173)

    Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer is the new man, emerging into a scene that has a club-cricket feel. Wet square, greasy outfield, sawdust on the crease. Gurney, shadow cast to his right, is on the money around off stump, keeping Matt Machan honest. I really can't believe the evening sunshine in Aberdeen. The again, they only get about an hour of darkness there at this time of year, don't they? Just one from the over, required rate pushing 10.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "MacLeod tried to come across the crease and work Jimmy into the leg side, but he's just overcompensated a bit and missed it. Jimmy was trying to bowl at his pads and the tactic worked."

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  39. 2.5 overs: 
    WICKET- MacLeod b Anderson 9 (Sco 18-1)
    Callum MacLeod

    James Anderson is just a cut above here. He's not getting involved in the nonsense these Associate fellas dabble in. Yes, Callum MacLeod, you can swipe down the ground for four, but don't shuffle around in the crease. You'll lose your middle pole. England well on top in the most glorious sunshine of the day so far.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "From a bowling point of view when it's greasy underfoot, you tend to drag the ball down. You are not meaning to bowl short but you are a bit uneasy with your footing and it just happens."

  41. 2 overs: 
    Sco 13-1 (target 173)

    Right then, a big moment for Notts left-armer Harry Gurney, who has the ball in his hand for the first time in international cricket. Designer stubble, jaunty run up, all arms and legs in the delivery stride and sending it down at no great pace - high 70s. Left-hander Machan is dancing to belt through the covers for four leaving Gurney, erm, gurning.

  42. 1 over: 
    Sco 8-1 (target 173)

    That wicket rather becalmed the raucous crowd - every cry of encouragement from the England fielders can be heard as Anderson comes in to new man Matt Machan. Alastair Cook, by the way, has started this new era at mid off, rather than first slip. His place is taken by Chris Jordan, who is so multi-talented he probably rolled the pitch during the interval.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It skidded on and got a bit more bounce than he expected and Cross was a bit unfortunate to deflect it on to his stumps."

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  44. 0.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Cross b Anderson 1 (Sco 7-1)
    Matty Cross is bowled

    Bowled him! The start England wanted. James Anderson cramps Matty Cross for room and, with the right-hander perhaps done for pace, he can only chop the ball down on to his stumps. England going the right way about avoiding an upset.

  45. 18:07: 

    The red-coated umpires are out, followed by the baby-blue men of England. James Anderson has a long-sleeved sweater on, arms crossed and looks cold. As England cuddle, the similarly baby-blued Scotland openers emerge, a navy saltire across the chest. Matty Cross will take strike to Anderson, Callum MacLeod is at 'tother end.

  46. 18:03: 

    Well would you credit it? The sun is out. I reckon we might get this game in after all. I'm told that Scotland's target has been adjusted to 173. Nearly nine an over. Too many?

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    Mike Bell: Was feeling sorry for Bopara, often seems to come in on hiding to nothing. But he got out skying a full toss. Can do better.

    Scotland celebrate a wicket

    Cricket Scotland CEO Roddy Smith on TMS: "We're delighted we've got a game of cricket. It is a stiff target but I'm sure Scotland will give it a go. We've lost a few games to the weather, so we would have been insured for a washout, but people have worked so hard so we were desperate to have a game."

  49. 20 overs: 
    Eng 167-6

    Fetch that! Chris Jordan, the man born in Barbados, brings some Caribbean cool to the final delivery. Walk out, take guard, biff down the ground for a maximum. England close on 167-6, probably to be adjusted slightly by Mssrs Duckworth and Lewis. For now, the rain is holding.

  50. 19.5 overs: 
    Eng 161-6

    Hat-trick averted, Gary Ballance going down the ground for a single. Did he and Chris Jordan collide as they ran? Applause for Davey, one ball to go.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Two for MacLeod, two for Taylor, both men have pulled off very good catches. Bopara didn't quite time it, but it was a fine catch once again."

  52. 19.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c MacLeod b Davey 3 (Eng 160-6)

    Two in two balls, Scotland catching flies. Ravi Bopara toe-ends a low full toss high into the slate sky, straight down the throat of Callum MacLeod at long off. Josh Davey is on a hat-trick.

  53. 19.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Taylor b Davey 17 (Eng 160-5)
    Joe Root

    England had indeed forgotten they were due an over's powerplay - Bopara and Root looked genuinely surprised when the signal came. Josh Davey to bowl the final over, hammered down the ground for four by Root, who is finishing this innings like a train. Low full toss...scooped to deep mid-wicket and taken by Robert Taylor. Root's 17 came from only five balls. Three to go.

  54. 19 overs: 
    Eng 155-4 (Bopara 2, Root 13)

    How on earth do you play that shot from your first ball? Joe Root looks to reverse ramp his very first delivery. Problem is, Wardlaw is looking for the leg-stump full toss. Root, though, still manages to get it past short third man for four. Root follows that up with an even better shot, a conventional sweep, for another boundary. Not only does that take a lot of skill, but big kahunas. Imagine sticking your head in the way of a delivery coming at 80mph.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Fair play to Iain Wardlaw. After a straight ball, he bowled one right across him and it was a very good catch. Joe Root to the crease with 10 balls to go - he should scurry up to the other end and give Ravi the strike."

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  56. 18.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Cross b Wardlaw 31 (Eng 140-4)

    Another gone. This time it's Eoin Morgan, falling to the delivery wide of off stump that so often seems to trouble him. Very full from the returning Iain Wardlaw, feathered through to Matty Cross behind the timbers. England stumbling to the finish?

  57. 18 overs: 
    Eng 138-3

    Ravi Bopara the new man - Joe Root and Gary Ballance are on the greasy pole down the order. One over of powerplay to be taken, but England might have forgotten. Rain is coming again.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "We've had two fantastic catches today. That was going over the fielder's head, he was two steps from the line but it was a good strike and a good bit of bowling too."

  59. 17.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Taylor b Davey 9 (Eng 136-3)
    Rob Taylor catches Jos Buttler

    And another blinder! This time it's Robert Taylor leaping to pluck one out of the air, deny Jos Buttler six and send the England wicketkeeper on his way. Buttler hauled Josh Davey to the mid-wicket fence, looking like six all the way. Taylor, though, times his job to perfection, got his hands high and took the catch at full-stretch, keeping his balance to stay inside the rope. Awesome.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the first time Scotland's fielding has let them down. I don't think you can put that down to the wet conditions - I don't think the fielder, Josh Davey, wanted to get down and get wet. Now he's coming on to bowl to see if he can get those four runs back. With three overs to go, England will be looking for 160-165, maybe touching 170."

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  61. 17 overs: 
    Eng 129-2 (Morgan 25, Buttler 7)

    Alasdair Evans, shirt flapping up his back as he lumbers in, is trying to go wide of Morgan's off stump. Too wide, sliced to third man for four, then one in the arc is fetched to cow corner. Buttler, oval-shaped slits all over his helmet, chips into the off side for a couple then powers one through the hands of Josh Davey at cover for four. Weather still holding sufficiently. Three to go.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "If Scotland could get Morgan here, there would be two new guys at the crease, and it can be very difficult to keep going when the ball's fizzing around."

  63. 16 overs: 
    Eng 116-2 (Morgan 18, Buttler 1)

    Jos Buttler the new man - England reacting to the situation to get their biffers up the order. Replays of the MacLeod catch show that he was temporarily de-trousered as he slid along the turf. Grey boxer shorts. I'm sorry to report that rain is falling once more. Only fine, though, the type that soaks you through.

    David Henderson, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook had played himself in very nicely, hitting the ball all around the ground, and was prepared to take risks."

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  65. 15.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c MacLeod b Taylor 44 (Eng 113-2)

    Wow, this is an absolutely worldie of a catch from Callum MacLeod. After Alastair Cook had hit Robert Taylor down the ground for four, the skipper looked to repeat the dose. Low, skimming, harder than before and heading for a maximum. From nowhere, MacLeod is around from long off, skidding in to take the catch at waist height and staying inside the rope. Brilliant.

  66. 15 overs: 
    Eng 109-1 (Cook 40, Morgan 16)

    My word, Eoin Morgan has absolutely mullered this. Low full toss from Majid Haq, Morgan gives it the beans straight, high and long. I think that landed the other side of Hadrian's Wall. Dabby, swipey, Haq is back on the money. Cook is doing all he can to play a big shot, but is struggling to find the middle.

  67. 14 overs: 
    Eng 99-1 (Cook 39, Morgan 8)

    Robert Taylor has arms all over the place as he delivers his lefties to Cook. The England skipper is swiping at thin air, but eventually gets on out to long off. High in the air, plugging in the turf, Callum MacLeod doing some good work in front of the baying crowd. Oh, what a catch this would be. Ah, not given. Cook moving around his crease, a noise as it goes down the leg side to keeper Matty Cross, who's standing up. Not out. England falling short at the moment?

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    Malcolm Emmett: Just seen the commentary that it is raining and Bell has been "bowled trying to paddle". He's going to get some welly for that.

  69. 13 overs: 
    Eng 92-1

    Alasdair Evans, too short earlier on, struggles with the bar of soap he's bowling with, sending a beamer to Cook that is called no-ball. Cook is heaving towards the conifers at cow corner, where the fielder does some wonderful squelching. No boundary since the break.


    Chris in Aberdeen: RE: 1656. The Aberdeen weather is no better in June, July or August!

  71. 12 overs: 
    Eng 87-1 (Cook 32, Morgan 4)

    "Play". Still very dark. Dot ball. Get ready for the charge.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The ECB and the England players will be the ones driving this game forward. If England didn't show any enthusiasm, it might be difficult to get the game on. Both sides want to play here."

  73. 17:09: 
    Kyle Coetzer leads Scotland out

    Alastair Cook is ready, helmeted and giving his wet blade a wipe. Scotland return to the field, warmly applauded. Cook sprints down the stairs, Eoin Morgan follows with the slow walk of a man who isn't entirely sure what's going on. Confirmed, it is is 20 overs a side, with any other delays terminal. Robert Taylor has one ball of the 12th over to bowl.

  74. 17:06: 

    I'm told we're starting again at 17:10 BST, presumably 20 overs a side. Sit tight, the Friday night in the pub is looking likely to be delayed.

  75. 17:05: 

    The covers are coming off, so it looks like we'll be back under way soon. Two things to keep in mind here. If England lose overs, then their total will be adjusted slightly by Duckworth-Lewis. Secondly, if we come off again, it's probably curtains.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Scotland have got to keep learning - if you don't learn from your mistakes or your past experience at this level, you'll be found wanting."

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  77. 17:02: 

    The umps are talking to the skippers. A look at the watch. Looks good for prospects of play.

  78. 17:01: 

    The umpires are having a look. The covers are only on the pitch, but not on the square. Groundsman, arm in sling after accident earlier today, is on the scene.

  79. 17:00: 

    The rain has stopped, but I'm hearing that play must begin in about 10 minutes in order for us to get the minimum 20 overs per side in. Tick tock.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Even when you're playing a much stronger opponent, the players' effort, enthusiasm and work-rate, not just the fielding, should never been questioned. And you can't question any of Scotland's effort. England were bang up for this - they need to come back against Sri Lanka the same way they've bounced back against Scotland - so credit should go to both teams."

  81. 16:59: 

    Mannofield, by the way, is the most northerly international ground in the world. It is also the venue where Sir Don Bradman scored his last century in Britain, against Scottish Cricket Union in September 1948.

  82. 16:56: 

    But should we really be surprised at this? I'd quite like to speak to the man who decided it was a good idea to stage an ODI in Aberdeen in May.

    Kevin Howells, BBC Test Match Special

    "Of course now, having come off, they can't come back on until the rain has fully stopped."

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  84. 16:55: 

    Credit to the umpires, Mark Hawthorne and Ian Ramage, they tried to stay out there. Those guys are in a tough position - as officials from Associate nations they won't get games as big as this very often. Imagine trying to tell James Anderson he's got to bowl in the rain?

  85. 16:54: 
    Eoin Morgan and Alastair Cook walk off

    It's such an odd sight. It's bright, perhaps brighter than it has been in the whole innings, but it really is belting down. A rainbow is behind the players as they trot off, to be replaced by the white wheel-on covers.

  86. 11.5 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Eng 87-1

    As Steve Harmison tells you, Eoin Morgan has been promoted to number three. The replays of the Bell wicket not only show how far across his stumps he was when he lost his middle pole, but also the heaviness of the rain. What now? After Morgan gets going by driving for four, the umpires decide enough is enough. We're heading off.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan coming in shows England are looking to adapt this innings. Cook and Bell were watchful, Scotland bowled a touch short, but Bell has been the aggressor against the spinner."

  88. 11.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell b Taylor 50 (Eng 83-1)
    Rob Taylor celebrates the wicket of Ian Bell

    I'm not sure where to start with this one. Firstly, it's belting down, but the only player leaving the ground is Ian Bell after being bowled trying to paddle the medium pace of Robert Taylor. Previously, Bell had lofted a maximum over long off then tickled a couple to move to 50. In between, the umpires consulted, but kept the players out there. Quite funny, actually.

  89. 11 overs: 
    Eng 75-0 (Bell 42 from 31 balls)

    Matt Machan is on to replace Majid Haq, bowling a slightly skiddier, more round-arm version of off-breaks. Baby-faced, he's around the wicket, bowling on a full length. The umpires look skywards, there's a reasonably heavy shower falling. We're carrying on because of the blue sky in the distance.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Both sides have started reasonably well. Cook and Bell look well balanced at the crease, I thought Scotland hit their straps well early on and the fielding's been first class, but there were too many cross-batted shots early on which shows the bowling was a little too short. There's not a better English batsman, when he's in form, than Ian Bell."

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  91. 10 overs: 
    Eng 69-0 (Cook 30, Bell 38)

    The awkward left-arm seam of Robert Taylor joins the attack, greeted by a dreamy cover drive from Bell for four. Cook, who had got a little stuck, looks to free the shackles with an ugly heave, the white ball dropping safely from the grey sky at long on. Rain is spotting down as questions are asked of the live texter's raspberry lip butter. Remember folks, real men moisturise.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special
    Ian Bell

    "Bell did well there, he forced Majid to bowl a quicker ball, an arm ball and he's hit it over long-off for six. When he gets under pressure, he puts pace on the ball, and Bell knew that, with that excellent reverse sweep."

  93. 9 overs: 
    Eng 59-0 (Cook 27, Bell 31)

    I think 'F 'n G' is a good way to describe Majid Haq's bowling. Flight and guile, so slow it's almost going backwards. Ian Bell's response? Go to meet it. Dance, shuffle, lofted for six over long off, followed up with a double-jointed reverse-sweep for four. England moving again.

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    Dan Webster: England treating a T20 game like its still a 50-over game, so boring to watch in comparison to the IPL for example.

  95. 8 overs: 
    Eng 44-0 (run-rate 5.50)

    Close! A let-off for captain Cook as a leading edge loops towards mid off, lingering in the air, but teasing the fielder and dropping short. Did I say the crowd weren't partisan? I take it back. It's almost like a mini, village version of the bear pits England played in down under. Only nine runs from the last three overs. Weather watch: blacker than my grandad's face after a shift in the pit.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Majid Haq has been Scotland's talisman over the last four or five years, doing a good job for them in the middle overs."

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  97. 7 overs: 
    Eng 40-0 (Cook 21, Bell 18)

    I think I'll stop guessing at the weather. It looks very dark, but the rain is so far holding. Spin for the first time, the wily off-breaks of Majid Haq. Over the wicket to Bell, around to Cook. Creepy run-up, stop in the delivery stride, then release. Couple of singles, then Bell on the reverse sweep. Well fielded. Good over. I like the cut of Haq's jib.

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    Louis McMahon: Did Alastair Cook miss the memo that this game's now 23 overs per side?? Pressure on the middle order now! Hit out captain!

  99. 6 overs: 
    Eng 38-0 (Cook 20, Bell 17)

    Change of bowling at the end of the powerplay, Josh Davey's medium pace coming into the attack. After a chorus of the Human League's Don't You Want Me Baby, the crowd accompanies Davey to the crease with the sort of "ooooohhhh" that a goalkeeper gets when taking a goal kick. On a slow deck it's quite sluggish from Davey - the slips are already gone - and Bell is using his feet. No boundary from the over, though.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Both teams are just feeling their way into the game here. The Scotland seamers are looking to hit their lengths and the England batsmen are getting used to the pitch. It looks a good pitch."

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  101. 5 overs: 
    Eng 35-0 (end of powerplay)

    As you might expect from a Scottish crowd that hasn't had much to do all day, there is some rowdiness. Oddly, it's English boundaries that are getting some big cheers - no sign of partisan home support. Yet. Cook tickles fine for four then gives it some argy bargy to heave to the mid-wicket fence. Good start by England, seven an over.

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    Alastair Cook

    Andrew Lawton: Were Scotland not watching the Ashes? Why are they bowling to Cook's strengths?

  103. 4 overs: 
    Eng 24-0 (Cook 10, Bell 13)

    If I could give Alasdair Evans some advice, I'd tell the lanky redhead to pitch the darn thing up. He's at least got a sweeper for leftie Cook, but Bell is swivelling to pull past short fine leg and to the fence. When Evans gets it in the right half, he's finds Bell's edge, but the ball is safely running to third man. Rain watch: still safe, some blue sky.

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    Thomas Measures: Could not think of a less uninspiring partnership then Cook and Bell, for a game that is basically a T20.

  105. 3 overs: 
    Eng 18-0 (Cook 9, Bell 8)

    The Mannofield ground is actually surrounded by houses - one lady in a pink anorak peers over her garden wall to watch the cricket. Wardlaw kicks in, effectively running up the slope that angles from right to left as we look. He keeps a better length than Evans. Giles Clarke, chairman of the ECB, is sitting on what can only be described as a park bench.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "They'll have talked about where to bowl to Alastair Cook - a tight off-stump line as he likes anything outside off stump."

  107. 2 overs: 
    Eng 14-0 (Cook 8, Bell 5)

    Look, I don't want to bang on about this, but the houses at the back of the stand Alasdair Evans is approaching are covered in black clouds. You know that scene in Independence Day when the spaceship hovers over the White House? It's like that. Too short from Evans, Cook on the pull quicker than a new father is entitled to be.

  108. 1 over: 
    Eng 5-0 (Cook 1, Bell 4)

    It feels like the time to bowl. The pitch will be paceless and the seamers will get it to nibble. Two slips, fine leg up for Wardlaw's military medium. Cook single, then Bell very, very lucky when an inside edge evades the timbers and runs for four. Clouds looming. Are we certain we'll finish this?

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    Chris Baker: So we lost to Netherlands wearing a bright orange kit...we are now wearing light blue to play against Scotland...oh dear.

  110. 15:59: 

    Iain Wardlaw has the new ball (just one white nut in a shortened game), Alastair Cook is on strike. Let's play.

  112. 15:58: 
    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell walk out to bat

    Here come the players, both sides identically pyajamed up in sky blue shirts and navy trousers. Remember how I said the sun is out? There is a filthy black cloud hovering over yonder.

    Steve Harmison, Ex-England pace bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd have been like a bear with a sore head waiting in the rain, saying 'get me out of here'. But I really do think England will put in a professional performance, as there's a lot for them to lose here, at a club ground on a damp afternoon. Everything in the conditions suits Scotland and their medium-pacers, but it depends how England are mentally. If they're on top form mentally, they'll be fine."

  114. 15:57: 

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wkt), Ravi Bopara, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson.

    Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (capt), Calum MacLeod, Matthew Cross (wkt), Matt Machan, Rob Taylor, Majid Haq, Josh Davey, Michael Leask, Alasdair Evans, Preston Mommsen, Iain Wardlow.

    John Blain, Ex-Scotland seam bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "What they have here is all-round cricketers. That's what the last coach was keen to adopt. And there are a few local guys here who will know the conditions. It's still a bit damp and the umpires were concerned about the fielders in the inner ring but the ground has dried out remarkably well."

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  116. 15:54: 

    For how incredibly horrible it was this morning, it's quite remarkable that we're getting a game on at all. Mannofield was wetter than a fish's wet bits earlier, but is now bathed in what could reasonably described as sunshine. England openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell wait, eagerly padded up early. On the outfield, Scotland go through some last looseners.

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    Matt Munro, Aberdeen: Being an Englishman living in Aberdeen, I'm unbelievably excited that the New Era for England cricket starts here today! I'm also hoping that you can tell me which exotic drinking establishment everyone is going out after the match... Nox, Amicus Apple, The Justice Mill, Filthy McNastys...?! The list is endless!!

    I'm not having that there's a place called Filthy McNasty's. Fictitious, no?

  118. 15:50: 
    Alright 'Arry?

    Having served notice of his promise by removing Yorkshire's Michael Vaughan and Jacques Rudolph when playing for Leeds-Bradford University in 2008, left-arm seamer Harry Gurney, 27, did not land on England's radar until last season after taking 44 wickets at an average of 30 for Nottinghamshire. He was picked in the England limited-overs squad for the tour of West Indies and as a travelling reserve for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

    Harry Gurney
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    Fenners: Great to get international summer started, and forget about the winter! Going to Eng v India Test at Rose Bowl, seems ages away!

    Max Adams: Cook has to be the worst tosser in international cricket. Never gets it right.

  120. 15:45: 

    England coach Peter Moores: "I am stubborn at times. You decide what battles you need to win. Every coach needs respect and you need to know the challenge of performing under pressure.

    On Pietersen: "The ECB have made it categorically clear that Kevin's time with England is done. He's been a great player but now is the time to move on. Being driven to achieve something together - that is a team."

  121. 15:43: 

    Waiting for play to begin, I was actually considering how entertaining a 'mopping up' text commentary would be. Lots of things to talk about.

    Firstly, there was the sight of one of the bowlers' run-ups being dried with a leaf blower and the utter dejection on Ravi Bopara's face when it became clear a game would begin. There was the first glimpse of England's turquoise one-day kit and the news that the head groundsman in Aberdeen dislocated his shoulder trying to operate the super sopper. Much, much more on that as the day goes on.

  122. 15:40:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    And whilst your texting, tweeting and emailing, you may well want to listen to some live commentary.

    Test Match Special will hit the airwaves at 15:45 and can be heard on 5 live sports extra, here on the BBC Sport website, on digital TVs and via the BBC Radio Player app.

  123. 15:38: 
    Get involved

    Got all that? Good. Because so much has happened since we were last together it feels like we have a lot to talk about.

    Let's start with the big one. Peter Moores - the right man to coach England? And what about the appointment of a first official assistant in Paul Farbrace? Graham Gooch is axed as batting coach, another decision taken in part by Alastair Cook. It's starting to look a very big summer for the skipper, no? Text on 81111, email or tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket.

  124. 15:36: 
    The captains

    Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer: "The pitch has been under cover for quite some time, so hopefully there will be a bit of movement with the new ball. It's an exciting time for Scottish cricket and today could be a big stepping stone."

    England captain Alastair Cook: "We'd have had a bowl for the same reasons, but it looks a good wicket. Woakes is probably there to play 50-over game, but it gives Harry a good opportunity. There's been a good buzz. Hopefully we can play some good cricket in testing conditions."

  125. 15:33: 
    Scotland win the toss and field

    Oh, skipper, defeat in your first task of the new era. Alastair Cook has called incorrectly and, not surprisingly, Kyle Coetzer has chosen to have a bowl. England hand an ODI debut to Nottinghamshire left-armer Harry Gurney, omitting Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes from their squad of 13.

  126. 15:32: 

    Yep, the second coming of Peter Moores has been delayed by rain, but will eventually get under way at 16:00 BST. England's bid to move on from that horrible winter will be a 23 overs a side.

    Ordinarily, you'd say that a one-dayer against Scotland was a rather gentle half-volley of a start to a coaching reign, but damp, shortened games are a leveller and England's last outing was a T20 defeat by the Netherlands.

    Peter Moores and Alastair Cook during net practice on Thursday
  127. 15:30: 

    They say that a journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first step.

    For England, a new era begins with a rather soggy trip up the high road to Scotland.

Live Scores - Scotland v England


  • England beat Scotland by 39 runs (D/L)
  • Scotland: 133-9 (20.0 overs)
  • England: 167-6 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Aberdeen

Scotland Innings

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Cross b Anderson 1
MacLeod b Anderson 9
Machan c Bell b Bopara 33
Coetzer b Tredwell 8
Leask c Anderson b Tredwell 42
Mommsen b Jordan 9
Taylor c Jordan b Tredwell 1
Davey c Gurney b Tredwell 0
Haq not out 18
Wardlaw c Jordan b Bopara 2
Evans not out 9
Extras 1w 1
Total for 9 133

Sri Lanka in England

Sri Lanka celebrate with the Test series trophy

Reports and scorecards from Sri Lanka's tour of England, which includes a Twenty20 international, five ODIs and two Tests.