Scotland’s National cricket side secured their biggest win in their short International history as they defeated the Auld enemy England who are currently the number one ranked side in the world by 6 wickets at the Grange ground in Edinburgh at the weekend.
Callum MacLeod was on top form has he knocked up a brilliant 140 not out that saw the Scots sore to a 371-5 in the glorious Scottish sunshine.
Jonny Bairstow looked like he had given the English a glimmer of hope with his century, putting the English on 220-2 until disaster struck and with only 56 -5 and overs running out fast and despite the best efforts of Liam Plunkett 47 not out and Moeen Ali hit 46, the Scottish sensed an historic victory was on the cards and when Mark Wood went LBW in the 49th over the Scottish players celebrated as though they had won the World Cup themselves.
Ironically the win comes only months after the Scots missed out on qualifying for the 2019 world cup after rain stopped their match against West Indies in March, although the Scottish management were quick to point out and question the International Cricket council’s decision to cut the World Cup to a 10 team tournament. Speaking in the post match conference Scotland’s Skipper Kyle Coetzer tried to sum up what the win means to his team:
“It means a lot to the guys. We've created an electric atmosphere and it's something we need to do more. It was an outstanding game and the guys did unbelievably well to knock over the number one side in the world.
“It was nice to see what this Scottish team can really provide. It would be nice to play a few more games like this. It's nice for us to take this opportunity.”
While his opposite number England skipper Eoin Morgan gave nothing but praise to the Scots when speaking to the BBC:
“It was a fantastic game of cricket. Scotland played extremely well. They brought their best game and we didn't, we were far from it. Full credit to Scotland. Today was a really good run out. Usually, leading into a series we have a few days of training, then straight into it. Today was outstanding, to make mistakes, hopefully we can learn from them going into Wednesday.”
So, what next for the two sides? For the English, who in recent times have looked unbeatable and earned their number one ranking, this defeat will be mentioned in the same discussions as their Twenty 20 defeat to Netherlands and their World Cup losses to Bangladesh and Ireland. However, they must now regain their composure as they play Australia at the Oval on Wednesday in the first of a five-game series, while the Scots will take this massive confidence boost into their T20’s match against Pakistan on Tuesday/Wednesday.