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Shaky New Zealand down brave Scotland DUNEDIN: New Zealand limped to a three-wicket win over Scotland on Tuesday, maintaining World Cup momentum only after the minnows gave the co-hosts' much-vaunted batting line-up a bloody nose.New Zealand skittled Scotland out for 142 after putting them into bat, effectively ensuring there would be no repeat of Monday's match when Ireland, another non-Test nation, downed the West Indies.While the Black Caps overhauled their target in 24.5 overs, they could have been in trouble if set a stiffer chase after a strong effort with the ball saw Scotland take seven wickets.A rash of New Zealand batsmen threw away their wickets chasing glory with wild shots, showing none of the controlled aggression that has made them one of the tournament favourites.The Black Caps fielded an unchanged line-up from their 98-run win over Sri Lanka, determined not to drop their standards against unfancied opposition.They appeared set for a crushing win in perfect ...

McCullum demands New Zealand improvement DUNEDIN: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted his team have batting improvements to make ahead of their next World Cup duel against England after labouring to a three-wicket win over Scotland on Tuesday.The Black Caps reached their 143-run target with more than half their overs left but lost seven wickets in the process against a team who were the 14th and last country to qualify for the World Cup.New Zealand's late struggles at Dunedin's University ...
Ireland soar despite England defections SYDNEY: England captain Eoin Morgan could have been forgiven for thinking about what might have been after his former Ireland team-mates made a fine start to the World Cup as his miserable run of form continued.Morgan was out for a duck -- his fourth in five innings -- as England started their World Cup campaign with a 111-run thrashing by arch-rivals Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.By contrast fellow left-handed batsman Ed Joyce -- who went ...
Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce averages SYDNEY: One-day international batting averages of England batsman Eoin Morgan and Ireland's Ed Joyce, who have each played for both countries (matches, innings, not outs, runs, highest score, average, 100s, 50s)Eoin Morgan: 136 128 21 3,848 124no 35.96 7 22Ed Joyce: 46 45 3 1,438 116no 34.23 2 10Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
England 'over' Australia loss says Ali WELLINGTON: Moeen Ali insisted Tuesday that England were "over" a crushing defeat by title-favourites Australia in their opening match of the World Cup.England were thumped by 111 runs in Melbourne on Saturday in a game where little went right for them from the moment they dropped Australia century-maker Aaron Finch off the fifth ball of the match.Co-hosts Australia piled up 342 for nine before dismissing their arch-rivals for 231 to record an emphatic victory."Obviously we ...
Clarke debate no problem for Johnson BRISBANE: Australia's Mitchell Johnson said Tuesday the ongoing speculation about captain Michael Clarke's fitness was not proving a distraction for the World Cup favourites.Clarke's hamstring injury meant he was sidelined as co-hosts Australia launched their bid for a fifth World Cup title with an emphatic 111-run thrashing of arch-rivals England in Melbourne on Saturday.However, it is expected Clarke will be fit enough to return for Australia's second Pool B match against Bangladesh in Brisbane this ...
New Zealand beat Scotland by three wickets NELSON: New Zealand laboured to a three-wicket victory over Scotland on Tuesday to register their second World Cup win in two matches.Chasing just 143 to win the Pool A clash at University Oval in Dunedin, the Black Caps reached their target in the 25th over.Earlier, Scotland were all out for 142 after being sent into bat and were reduced to 12 for four at one stage.Matt Machan top-scored with 56 and Richie Berrington contributed 50, ...


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