Eoin Morgan not 'hugely disappointed' after England ODI defeat to Scotland

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Looking dejected: Eoin Morgan.

Morgan’s side went into the one-off one-day international as the number one-ranked ODI side in the world, but suffered a shock defeat for the first time in their history to Scotland.

For Scotland, it was a famous win and the greatest in their history having only recently failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in controversial circumstances and it served as a reminder for Morgan’s side, who are considered favourites for the tournament next year.

However the left-hander denied it was a reality check, but admitted they deserved to lose.

“I don’t think it is,” he said. “We have probably won games recently we didn’t deserve to win and lost games we might have thought we were in the hunt to win.

“I thought the way we played today we didn’t deserve to win it, we might have scraped past and won but there are still quite a few mistakes made that we need to rectify.”

He added: “It’s huge for Scotland.

“I’m not hugely disappointed, it was a good competitive game which was all we could have asked for.

“We didn’t do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus given the position we got ourselves in.”

England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the perfect warm-up for his players.

He said: “On the positive side we are better for the run we have had, it is better than having two days of training leading into a big series against Australia, so there are mistakes we made and hopefully we can learn from them.”

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Scotland v England LIVE: Scotland secure stunning six-run victory

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Scotland clinched a famous six-run win over England in a high-scoring ODI in the Edinburgh on Sunday.

England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Scotland openers Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross gave the hosts a solid start with a 103-run stand for the first wicket. Calum MacLeod slammed a 70-ball century as Scotland reached  371-5, their highest-ever total in ODI cricket.

In reply England made a strong openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy putting together a 129-run stand within 13 overs. Bairstow smashed a whirlwind century before his team lost the way in the middle overs.

Mark Watt picked up 3-55 while Safyaan Sharif picked up the final wicket to stun world No1 England who were bowled out for 365.

Catch the live scores below.

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Three cricket venues that have a tree inside the ground

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The famous tree at at City Oval in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Cricket venues across the globe have their unique features.

The Home of Cricket, Lord’s, has a pronounced slope. The Queenstown ground in New Zealand is right next to an airport, which provides a great backdrop of planes taking off and landing during play.

Some have a tree inside the playing area. That’s right, not in the venue but in the outfield. Here we take a look at these remarkable cricketing venues.

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

The City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

The South African city is famous for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle and, to a lesser extent, having a cricket ground with a tree at its boundary.

So what happens if the ball hits the tree? According to the venue rules, it’s a four regardless of where ball hits the tree.

The venue has hosted two international matches in its lifetime, both at the 2003 World Cup. One of the unique features about the venue is that any player who scores a century or takes a five-wicket haul gets to plant a tree at the ground.

St Lawrence Ground, Kent

The St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.

The St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.

St Lawrence Ground is the home ground of Kent Cricket Club.  The ground had a 27m-high lime tree within the boundary ropes. However, in 2005 it fell during high winds after being weakened by fungus.

A new lime tree was planted as a replacement for the 200-year old fallen tree. It was placed inside the playing area but outside the boundary ropes.

Amstelveen, Netherlands

Lance Klusener fields at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen, Holland at the 1999 World Cup.

Lance Klusener fields at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen, Holland at the 1999 World Cup.

The VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen has hosted some high-profile ODI matches, including one match of the 1999 World Cup and the Videocon Cup in 2004 between India, Pakistan and Australia.

The ground has a massive tree right inside the playing arena. However, the Netherlands has not hosted many high-profile international matches over the last decade.

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