Kyle Coetzer and centurion Calum MacLeod explain what te victory over England means for Scottish cricket.
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer reflected on “creating history” as his side recorded their maiden win over England with a six-run success in Edinburgh.
Calum MacLeod smashed 140 not out from 94 balls as Scotland posted their highest ODI score of 371-5, before bowling England out for 365 after Johnny Bairstow had slammed a 54-ball ton up top to help the visitors to 220-2 in the 27th over of the run chase.
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Coetzer’s side, who suffered an agonising defeat to Windies in the ICC World Cup Qualifier earlier this year to miss out on a spot in next summer’s tournament proper, had lost three and suffered a rain-ruined no result in their previous four ODIs against England.
3:26 Watch the pick of the action from Edinburgh, including MacLeod's century
“It is a hugely special day for us. Creating history is what our coach (Grant Bradburn) framed these games against England and Pakistan as and that’s what we’ve done,” said Coetzer, whose team will now play two T20s against Pakistan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I am extremely proud of [our comeback] but it is a trait that we are starting to get very, very good at. With the ball in our hand, we have been exceptional over the last couple of years and for this to be our first game of the year it has been an outstanding performance.
“In the first powerplay, wherever we moved a fielder Bairstow hit the ball somewhere else. He struck the ball cleanly right from the start of his innings. I was just hoping he would mis-hit one. Thankfully that happened!”
Seamer Safyaan Sharif, who pinned Mark Wood lbw to seal Scotland’s win in the 49th over of the England chase, added: “We have been waiting for this victory for so long.
“England are a brilliant side and to get a victory and score 370 against a top-quality side means the world to Scotland. It means a lot to [the fans] and a lot to us.
“It was an unbelievable effort from the lads as they proved once again we are capable of playing to this standard.
“It was tough second half – it was a good wicket and a fast outfield – but we just needed to bash out our lengths, mix it up and get the wickets. We managed to pull things back and do the job.”
England skipper Eoin Morgan was philosophical about England’s defeat, suggesting they will be “better for the run-out” ahead of their five-match ODI series against Australia, which starts at The Oval on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 12.30pm.
“Full credit to Scotland, they are a very dangerous side,” said Morgan. “To bring your best game in a one-off game like this is very difficult to do but I thought they played close to their best cricket.
3:30 Eoin Morgan says England were happy to be involved in high-pressure game
“We didn’t. It wasn’t good enough to win and we were punished for it. It’s not the end of the world for us. It’s good to play a high-scoring game under pressure and we can take a lot out of it.
“I think we were a little bit rusty but we’ll be better for the run-out, better for the pressure we’ve been under.”
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