East London: James Anderson's career-best One-day International haul of four for 25 set up a six-wicket win over The Netherlands as England finally got its campaign underway. Anderson's wickets helped restrict the Dutch to 142 for nine from 50 overs and completed a remarkable year for the 20-year-old Lancashire fast bowler, England's find of the Ashes series. "I came here 12 months ago with Lancashire on a pre-season tour.
It's been a fantastic year - I had a good summer, then the academy and now the World Cup," said Anderson. Although England was made to work harder for its runs than it would have hoped for, a pair of stylish 51s from Michael Vaughan and Nick Knight were the cornerstones of a win that came with more than 25 overs to spare.
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