It's been a patient and often traumatic wait but England have now registered their first points of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Monday's comprehensive victory over a limited Scotland team provides some welcome relief from the turgid defeats against co-hosts Australia and New Zealand. Victories in their remaining three group games against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will see them into the quarter finals but England fans will undoubtedly expect the usual roller coaster of a ride.
RAL Display's cricket loving managing director Greg Lennox offers his views on the tournament so far and England's chances of lifting the World Cup on 29 March.
"It's been a tournament of few surprises so far with Australia and New Zealand looking like potential winners and India registering a great victory against South Africa to show why they're the current holders. England's crushing defeats against the co-hosts were a little embarrassing if not altogether unsurprising. You've got to have a sense of gallows humour to follow England and as a spectator at the recent 5-0 Ashes whitewash Down Under, nothing can get any lower in sport. However, hope is like a disease, and with England only six wins away from becoming champions, it's now England's to lose. But if I were Peter Moore I'd be replacing Gary Ballance with Alex Hales at number three. But hey, who am I? Come on England!"
RAL Display has a proud association with the ECB and the ICC over recent years. Organisers of the ICC Champions Trophy hosted in England in 2013 provided RAL Display with the opportunity to produce a display stand to show off a travelling replica of the trophy. The ECB has a number of current initiatives encouraging communities to support their local cricket club including NatWest Cricket Force 2015. The event runs between 27 and 29 March and asks local people to get down to their local club and help spruce up the facilities for the start of the new season. As well as helping with maintenance the initiative hopes to introduce new people to their local cricket club and help foster a better spirit for club and community. Visit the ICC website for more information.