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CRICKET WORLD CUP 2007




Solid start: Australia's Hayden


Scotland's Dougie Brown celebrates the wicket of Adam Gilchrist


Rain stopped play: Ricky Ponting (l) and Colin Smith walk off


World Champions Australia inflicted the second-heaviest defeat in World Cup history as they destroyed Scotland, winning by 203 runs.

Meanwhile, in England's group, Kenya thrashed Canada, beating them by 7 wickets, the "Mounties" making a total of 199.

England's opening game is tomorrow against New Zealand.

Also tomorrow, minnows Holland play mighty South Africa.
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Aussies in Scot blaster





By JOHN ETHERIDGE
March 15, 2007

Cricket World Cup 2007

Australia: 334-6
Scotland: 131-9

Australia won by 203 runs


RICKY PONTING helped inflict the second-heaviest defeat in World Cup history on Scotland — then issued a warning to every other nation.

Aussie skipper Ponting thrashed 113 as his side piled up 334-6 in their 50 overs at St Kitts in the Group A opener.

Then paceman Glenn McGrath took 3-13 to shoot out the Scots for 131 as they plunged to a 203-run defeat.

Only Colin Smith held firm, hitting 51.

Ponting said: “It was a good game for us after a good practice game against England last week.

“Things are starting to feel really good and the boys played well.

“The wickets will turn a bit more later in the tournament so having flexibility in the team is crucial.”

Scotland skipper Craig Wright said: “I thought we competed really well, for the first 45 overs of their innings particularly.

“But the last five overs of their innings and the first 10 of ours really killed us.”

Australia also hold the record World Cup win in terms of runs — in 2003 they beat Namibia by 256.
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KENYA crushed Canada by seven wickets to send a warning to group rivals England and New Zealand.

The East Africans, shock semi-finalists in 2003, elected to bowl first and knocked over the Mounties for 199.

Kenya reached their target with nearly seven overs to spare.

RESULTS


West Indies: 241-9
Pakistan: 187 all out


West Indies won by 54 runs


Gottim: Dwayne Smith celebrates the wicket of Yousuf


In the groove: West Indies legend Brian Lara
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Canada: 199 all out
Kenya: 203-3


Kenya won by 7 wickets



Kenya's Tikolo made 72 not out against Canada yesterday
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LATEST SCORES IN THE CURRENT GAMES

Zimbabwe vs Ireland


Ireland VS Zimbabwe is currently in play


Ireland: 221-9
Zimbabwe: 41-1


Zimbabwe need 181 more runs to win.
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Sri Lanka VS Bermuda


Sri Lanka: 321-6
Bermuda: 77-8


Bermuda need 245 more runs to win.


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