result
11th Match, Group C, Gros Islet, Mar 18 2007, ICC World Cup
279/6
(50 ov, target 280)228/7
England won by 51 runs
player of the match
14y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

England make hard work of vital win

After the discipline problems of the previous day England managed to keep their focus, dispatching Canada by 51 runs in St Lucia, to open their World Cup account

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Scorecard summary
England279/6(50 overs)
Ed Joyce66 (103)
Canada228/7(50 overs)
end of over 506 runs
CAN: 228/7CRR: 4.56 
Desmond Chumney27 (51)
George Codrington7 (8)
Paul Collingwood9-0-41-0
Liam Plunkett9-0-46-2

So, despite the storm around Flintoff's late-night escapades, England swarmed to victory, with a 51-run win against Canada. They were lacklustre at times in the field, lacking a killer instinct, but Canada's batting was fairly impressive. England also have concerns about the middle order once again.

But the focus of today, of course, isn't on this match - but on the sad and shocking news that Bob Woolmer has died. Tributes have been pouring in and they are here.

I'll leave you with this one from Pakistan's captain Inzamam-ul-Haq: "I am shocked and badly hurt. We have lost a good coach and a good person."

49.6
1
PD Collingwood to Chumney, 1 run

full and thwacked away to long-on

49.5
1
PD Collingwood to Codrington, 1 run

pulled away - again not timed properly - in front of square

49.4
4
PD Collingwood to Codrington, FOUR runs

again tries to hook this one, manages to hit the back of the bat and dribble away behind square

49.3
PD Collingwood to Codrington, no run

right up there and that's driven to the covers

49.2
PD Collingwood to Codrington, no run

chased that pull round off the back foot - looking to hoick it in the air through square

49.1
PD Collingwood to Codrington, no run

worked into the covers

end of over 493 runs
CAN: 222/7CRR: 4.53 RRR: 58.00 • Need 58 from 6b
Desmond Chumney26 (50)
George Codrington2 (3)
Liam Plunkett9-0-46-2
Paul Collingwood8-0-35-0
48.6
Plunkett to Chumney, no run

on leg and worked to midwicket

48.5
Plunkett to Chumney, no run

driven to the covers

48.4
Plunkett to Chumney, no run

full delivery, driven back to the bowler

48.3
1lb
Plunkett to Codrington, 1 leg bye

a huge, but lone, shout from the bowler and that one went a long way across but the ball was just sliding down the leg side

48.2
1
Plunkett to Chumney, 1 run

guided to deep backward point

48.1
1
Plunkett to Codrington, 1 run

again, just short of the man at deep midwicket, the ball going safe despite the pull not being timed properly

end of over 487 runs • 1 wicket
CAN: 219/7CRR: 4.56 RRR: 30.50 • Need 61 from 12b
George Codrington1 (1)
Desmond Chumney25 (46)
Paul Collingwood8-0-35-0
Liam Plunkett8-0-44-2
47.6
1
PD Collingwood to Codrington, 1 run

goes after it, doesn't get hold of it and sends a high pull up but lands inside the outer ring of fielders

47.5
1
PD Collingwood to Chumney, 1 run

driven out to long-on

47.4
PD Collingwood to Chumney, no run

low full toss driven to mid-off

47.3
W
PD Collingwood to Dhaniram, OUT

worked off the legs and there's a huge call for a run out at the non-striker's end. England think they've got their man, with a throw on the knees from Bopara and Collingwood does the rest

Sunil Dhaniram run out (Collingwood/Bopara) 30 (47m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 90.9
47.2
4
PD Collingwood to Dhaniram, FOUR runs

clears the man at extra cover and Pietersen signals it's a four, Panesar just unable to cut that one off inside the rope

47.1
1
PD Collingwood to Chumney, 1 run

driven out to wide long-on

end of over 475 runs
CAN: 212/6CRR: 4.51 RRR: 22.67 • Need 68 from 18b
Desmond Chumney23 (43)
Sunil Dhaniram26 (31)
Liam Plunkett8-0-44-2
James Anderson10-1-40-1

Collingwood back into the attack. Canada can't win this now - OK, yes, technically they can but they're not going to - but they've acquitted themselves well with their batting

46.6
1
Plunkett to Chumney, 1 run

guess what? Driven... to mid-on once more

46.5
1
Plunkett to Dhaniram, 1 run

a drive, surprisingly enough, out to mid-on, Collingwood doing the honours with a one-hand sliding stop

Best performances - batsmen
Ed Joyce portrait
EC Joyce
66 runs (103)
4 fours
1 six
Control93%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
40 runs
3 fours
1 six
10651071225
Paul Collingwood portrait
PD Collingwood
62 runs (48)
4 fours
1 six
Control96%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
23 runs
2 fours
0 six
30171871214
Best performances - bowlers
Sunil Dhaniram, player portrait
S Dhaniram
O
10
M
0
R
41
W
3
ECO
4.09
Ravi Bopara portrait
RS Bopara
O
9
M
0
R
43
W
2
ECO
4.77
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossCanada, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood
Match numberODI no. 2541
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days18 March 2007 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Australia Image
Peter Parker
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Asad Rauf
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsEngland 2, Canada 0