England Beat Scotland In Win Rain-Shortened ODI
England 167-6 (Bell 50, Cook 44) beat
Scotland 133-9 (Leask 42) by 39 runs (D/L)
One-Day International, Aberdeen
Peter Moores' second spell as England head coach began with a 39-run win over Scotland in a One-Day International in Aberdeen that was eventually reduced to 20 overs per side.
England, who handed an ODI debut to Harry Gurney, had enough firepower with bat and ball to see off Scotland, who closed on 133 for nine in pursuit of a Duckworth/Lewis adjusted target of 173.
Ian Bell had earlier top scored with 50 as England posted 167 for six.
He struck four fours and two sixes after he and Alastair Cook (44 in 47 balls) made a cautious start following a lengthy delay due to rain.
Bell pushed on, facing 34 balls in all before falling to Rob Taylor, who also had England's captain caught by Calum MacLeod.
Eoin Morgan hit a quickfire 31 in 23 balls and although Jos Buttler (9) and Ravi Bopara (3) fell cheaply, a smart cameo from Joe Root, who made 17 in six balls, ensured England finished strongly.
Josh Davey returned three for 28 with the wickets of Buttler, Bopara and Root with Taylor returning two for 36 and Iain Wardlaw one for 37 as Scotland caught and fielded superbly.
The game had been shortened to 23 overs per side before it began and a further stoppage during England's innings meant it was cut again to 20 overs, hence the adjusted target for the home side.
James Anderson, playing his first ODI since the June 2013, then bowled Scottish openers Matty Cross (1) and Macleod (9).
Scotland were 46 for three when Kyle Coetzer was bowled by James Tredwell for eight but two contrasting innings from Matt Machan and Michael Leask gave England a few concerns.
Machan made 33 in 38 balls, playing a similar knock to that of Cook earlier, while Leask blasted 42 in just 16 deliveries, hitting two fours and five sixes.
However, Leask fell - brilliantly caught in the deep by Anderson - at the end of the 13th over, leaving his side 95 for five and England were never challenged afterwards. Majid Haq (18 not out) was the only other player to reach double figures.
Tredwell dismissed Coetzer, Leask, Taylor (1) and Davey (0) to return four for 41, Anderson finished with two for 22, Bopara two for 26 and Chris Jordan one for 24.
Left-armer Gurney marked his debut without taking a wicket but conceded just 20 runs from his four overs.
England will now prepare for the visit of Sri Lanka, who will offer a much sterner test, while Scotland, who will play England again in the World Cup next year, will hope to build on this performance when they head to Ireland for a short series later this summer.
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