New Zealand slaughter 'lambs' Scots

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 20:29 [IST]
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Aberdeen: New Zealand rounded off their tour of the United Kingdom with an eight-wicket thrashing of Scotland in a one-day international here on Thursday.

In a match that again exposed the gap in class between cricket's elite Test nations and the rest, New Zealand bowled out their hosts for 101 with seamers Jacob Oram (three wickets for 13 runs ) and Grant Elliott (three for 14) doing the bulk of the damage.

Ross Taylor's 61 not out, made from just 41 balls with two sixes and eight fours, saw New Zealand to their target of 102 for the loss of two wickets inside 15 overs, the Black Caps winning with more than 35 overs to spare.

Scotland were bowled out inside 34 overs meaning that a match scheduled for 100 overs saw the players on the field for just 48 in all.

Defeat denied Scotland a place on the official one-day rankings following their five-wicket win over Ireland on Wednesday.

New Zealand overwhelmed Ireland by a record 290 runs on Monday.

That was the biggest margin of victory in the history of one-day international cricket, surpassing India's 257-run defeat of Bermuda at last year's World Cup.

Earlier on their tour, New Zealand were beaten 2-0 in a Test series by England and then lost a lone Twenty20 international by nine wickets.

However, they recovered to beat England 3-1 in a subsequent five-match one-day international series with one no result.

Brief Scores:

Scotland 101 all out in 33.2 overs (Mohd Sheikh 18, Navdeep Poonia 15, Goudie 17 n o; Grant Elliott 3/14, Oram 3/13, Gillespie 2/13) lost to New Zealand 102/2 in 14.4 overs (Ross Taylor 61 n o, McCullum 22; Jewald Nel 1/34, Blain 1/40).


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