Scots lose to England by 39 runs in ‘Twenty20’

Ian Bell grabbed a half-century for England
Ian Bell grabbed a half-century for England
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SCOTLAND lost by 39 runs as their one-day international against England was reduced to a Twenty20 format in rain-drenched Aberdeen.

A half-century from Ian Bell, and then a one-day international career-best four for 41 for off-spinner James Tredwell, helped England to victory.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer, opposite number Alastair Cook and the umpires might easily have called time on a fixture which got underway five-and-a-half hours late and was then beset by even more rain.

But, after England had begun their new era under Cook and returning coach Peter Moores with a win, the visiting captain insisted everyone involved deserved congratulations for ensuring a sell-out crowd got the spectacle they deserved.

“Those were borderline conditions to play in,” he said.

“But just in a one-off game, with not so much riding on it, I think it was the right decision.

“I think it would have been wrong if we hadn’t – and credit to both sides for just getting on with it. I thought the way Scotland fielded, especially in those conditions, was exceptional.”

Aberdeen’s own Michael Leask top scored for Scotland with 42.