Australia trounces England by 111 runs
MELBOURNE: A century by Aaron Finch and five wickets by Mitchell Marsh helped Australia clinch a 111 run victory over England in their World Cup match here at Melbourne, ARY News reports on Saturday.
English captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and put his side to field first in the game.
Aaron Finch, who was dropped on a duck, went on to make 135 runs from 128 balls which included 12 boundaries and three sixes.
Glenn Maxwell made 66(40) whereas George Bailey scored 55(69).
Brad Haddin made a steady 31 from 14 balls comprising of five fours late in the innings taking Australia to formidable 342/9 in their 50 overs
Steven Finn took grabbed five wickets in the innings which also included the first hat-trick of the 2015 World Cup.
Stuart Broad grabbed two wickets while Chris Woakes took one wicket.
Only England’s James Taylor and Chris Woakes could put up some kind of resistance to the Australian bowlers as the team were all out on 231 in 41.5 overs.
Taylor remained unbeaten at 98 whereas Woakes made 37 runs from 42 balls.
Captain Eoin Morgan was out on a duck.
Mitchell Marsh took five for 33 runs in his nine overs whereas left arm pacers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc shared two wickets each.
Finch was named Player of the Match due to his performance with the bat.