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England can do it after all!

Eng beat Canada by 51 runs in their Group C clash, but the win was overshadowed by Woolmer's death and Flintoff's omission.

cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2007 02:02 IST

England beat Canada by 51 runs in their Group C clash on Sunday, but the game was overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and Andrew Flintoff being dropped.

Ed Joyce hit 66 and Paul Collingwood an unbeaten 62 to help England to 279 for six and put their World Cup campaign back on track.

Canada could only manage 228 for seven in reply but it was their highest ever World Cup score and they never looked like being bowled out against a limp England attack.

"With what's happened over the last 48 hours, the victory was the most important thing," captain Michael Vaughan said after the match.

Joyce was dropped twice but came back into form after struggling so far in the West Indies. He fell when he was bowled by spinner and fork-lift truck driver Sunil Dhaniram attempting an audacious reverse sweep.

Joyce had shared an opening partnership of 101 with Vaughan before the captain was caught at backward point by his opposite number John Davison off Abdool Samad for 45.

England stuttered in the middle overs with 38-year-old Dhaniram picking up three quick wickets, including Kevin Pietersen caught and bowled for five, with only eight runs added.

Ashif Mulla was the only Canadian to score a half century with 58 but two wickets each for Bopara and Plunkett kept Canada in check.