Moeen Ali England Scotland World Cup
England opener Moeen Ali gets ready to smash the ball to the boundary during his hundred against ScotlandReuters

England, for the first time in this ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, put in a solid all-round performance with both bat and ball, and the result of that performance was a comfortable win over Scotland in Christchurch.

Having been smashed out of the park, literally and figuratively, by Australia and New Zealand in their first two World Cup games, England needed a win, preferably an authoritative one. On Monday, on a bright day in Christchurch, England did just that, with Moeen Ali leading the way with a smashing hundred.

Ali's century gave England the chance to make a big score for the first time at this World Cup, with Eoin Morgan also scoring a few, much to his and England's delight. England, having been put into bat, thanks to that century from Ali (128, 107b, 12x4, 5x6), a half-century from Ian Bell (54, 85b, 2x4) and a quickfire 46 (42b, 4x4, 2x6) from Morgan, eventually finished their first innings on "could have been better, but will take it" 303/8 in 50 overs.

Putting up a score of over 300 is hardly a guarantee of winning the game against an Associate side, as West Indies found out so scathingly against Ireland, and therefore England needed a sound bowling performance as well.

They got just that with their bowlers, led by Steven Finn (9-3-26-3), and Ali (10-0-47-2) again, coming to the fore to nullify Scotland's hopes of rocking the chase.

Scotland came into this match knowing they were playing a team seriously short of confidence, but in the end, the quality of England shone through, as the neighbours were shot out for 184 in 42.2 overs.

A huge sense of relief will be the overwhelming feeling for England after this match, because it was a performance they absolutely needed and a win that had to come if they harboured hopes of going longer than the pool stages in this World Cup.

Scotland put up a valiant bowling effort against New Zealand, giving the favourites a scare while chasing a small total, but once England put on a score well beyond 300, it was always going to be a tough task for the Scots, especially after their below-par batting effort against the Black Caps.

Only opener Kyle Coetzer (71, 84b, 11x4) really put in a score of note for Scotland, and it was a pretty good knock too. Had he been given more support at the other end, the match might have at least been a contest, but it was not to be as England cruised to their first World Cup 2015 win.

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