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.