Moeen Ali's second one-day international century helped England get off the mark at the World Cup with a comfortable 119-run win over Scotland in Christchurch.
Moeen ensured any jitters following Friday's Wellington humiliation against New Zealand were quickly eased as he cracked 128 from 107 balls and shared in a record opening stand of 172 with Ian Bell.
From there England were always in control of the potential banana-skin contest, even though they did not fully exploit the foundation laid by the openers in reaching 303 for eight.
It was a target that proved beyond Scotland, still searching for a first World Cup win in their third visit to the tournament, as they were bowled out for 184 in 42.2 overs.
Cricket World Cup 2015: 10 young players to watch
Cricket World Cup 2015: 10 young players to watch
1/10 Usman Ghani, 18, Afghanistan
At just over 18 years old, Ghani is the youngest player at the tournament, but the attacking opener already has an ODI century to his name. If the Aghans are to spring a shock, much will depend on him getting them off to a good start.
2/10 Pat Cummins, 21, Australia
With his wonderful action and searing pace, Cummins burst onto the scene when he took seven wickets as an 18-year-old Test debutant against South Africa. Terrible injuries have prevented him from adding to his solitary Test cap, but now the stage is set for Cummins to re-establish himself as one of cricket's hottest talents.
3/10 Mominul Haque, 23, Bangladesh
A compact left-handed batsman, Haque will occupy the No.3 spot in the Bangladeshi batting order. He has already made 24 ODI appearances, but thus far has enjoyed more success in the longer format - in 12 Test appearances he has plundered almost 1200 runs at 63.05, with four centuries.
4/10 Jos Buttler, 24, England
One of the genuine box-office talents in the England squad, Buttler's 121 against Sri Lanka last summer was the most eye-catching innings of the season. His keeping needs work, but as a mid- to lower-order batsman he has the talent to change the course of a game in the blink of the eye.
5/10 Akshar Patel, 21, India
One of the few positives of India's disastrous recent Tri-Series with Australia and England was the consistency of Patel, who was miserly and probing with his tight left-arm spin. He enjoyed a superb 2014 IPL season with 16 wickets and an economy rate of just 6.22 for Kings XI Punjab.
6/10 George Dockrell, 22, Ireland
Despite having been a mainstay of the Ireland side since his debut in 2010, and with four county seasons at Somerset under his belt, Dockrell is still only 22. The canny spinner was named the ICC Associate Player of the Year in 2012, and he has been touted to follow Eoin Morgan into England colours.
7/10 Kane Williamson, 24, New Zealand
Williamson is the most consistent performer in a dangerous New Zealand batting line-up, his devastating recent form in all forms of cricket cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting, talented batsmen in world cricket. Having recently had his action cleared, he can now resume bowling his useful off-spin.
8/10 Ahmed Shehzad, 23, Pakistan
Despite his tender age, Shehzad boasts a wealth of experience, with over 50 ODI appearances and six centuries to his name. More of a classical, patient opener than a David Warner-esque pinch-hitter, he will lay the foundation from which Pakistan's big-hitting middle order can tee off.
9/10 Quinton de Kock, 22, South Africa
Since making his debut just after his 20th birthday, De Kock has been an aggressive, punchy performer at the top of the South African order, plundering six hundreds in just 36 matches. A tidy gloveman, who by taking over keeping duties has allowed AB De Villiers to focus on his batting, to devastating effect.
10/10 Tendai Chatara, 23, Zimbabwe
An athletic opening bowler with a curious, idiosyncratic action, Chatara takes the ball away from the right-hander at decent pace and is Zimbabwe's key strike bowler. His maiden Test five-wicket haul set up a famous victory over Pakistan in 2013.
Steven Finn bounced back from his Brendon McCullum mauling - when his two overs against New Zealand cost 49 - by taking three for 26 while Moeen followed his century with figures of two for 47.
Kyle Coetzer top-scored with 71 for Scotland after Josh Davey took four for 68.
Thumping back-to-back defeats against co-hosts Australia and New Zealand had left England with little room for error in their remaining pool games but they will now head back to Wellington, for their clash with Sri Lanka next Sunday, with the first part of a recovery mission to reach the quarter-finals complete.
Eoin Morgan will also feel as though he has started to put his horror run of outs behind him after hitting 46 from 42 balls.
The captain had initially taken 10 balls to get off the mark as England lost direction around the batting powerplay, losing three for two at one stage, but found enough fluency to drag his team beyond a score of 300.
That had appeared the minimum standard when Moeen and Bell coasted to the England record opening partnership at a World Cup - beating the previous mark of 158 set by Dennis Amiss and Barry Wood in 1975.
Further records appeared ready to tumble as Moeen took on the aggressor's role and fittingly brought up his century, from 91 balls, when he clubbed his fourth six off spinner Majid Haq.
Bell had crept to his half-century only moments earlier, using only 11 balls less than Moeen needed for his ton, but with the scoreboard ticking over the "clinical" performance the right-hander demanded on the eve of the match was being demonstrated.
But Moeen's exit in the 35th over prompted a stall as only Morgan, and Jos Buttler with a quickfire 24, were able to strike the ball with the same assurance as their left-handed opener.
It hardly mattered in terms of the result as England's bowlers ensured Scotland never threatened to pull off an unlikely chase.
Coetzer ensured England were kept honest, but when he and captain Preston Mommsen fell in successive overs, after a 60-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Scotland's faint hopes were extinguished.
Moeen was the bowler to remove Coetzer, who was out of favour at Northamptonshire at the end of the summer, when he lofted straight to Chris Woakes.
Finn then induced a couple of edges, from Matthew Cross and Davey, before Woakes finished matter when Haq top-edged a pull to Gary Ballance at fine-leg.
England had stuck with the same XI that were crushed by New Zealand as those involved were given the chance at redemption.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen sent England in on a cloudy morning and with their skittling for 123 in Wellington fresh in the memory.
Moeen survived an early chance on seven, when Freddie Coleman was late on getting down to a chance at cover, but from then on the England openers were hardly troubled.
Moeen responded to his reprieve by thumping Josh Davey for six later in the over and he welcomed Haq into the attack with another towering blow en-route to a 39-ball half-century.
Bell was setting himself to bat through the innings - after England were bowled out in their opening two games of the tournament - and it was a shock when he picked out short cover on 54 when Richie Berrington returned to the attack.
Moeen continued the clatter along, passing his previous ODI best of 119, before he lofted Haq to Coleman on the mid-wicket rope.
It set off the mini-collapse of three wickets in as many overs.
Ballance chopped on from the first ball of the fielding restrictions and Joe Root quickly followed as he nibbled at Josh Davey delivery that seamed away.
Scotland were edging back after restricting England to 22 for two in the powerplay and James Taylor's 17 needed 26 balls before he was expertly stumped by Matthew Cross.
Buttler was therefore left to come in with only 31 balls left in the innings, hitting some sweet shots in his brief cameo, and with Morgan finding his range England scrambled past 300.