JIM Criner was happy yesterday because not only did the Scottish Claymores head coach see his team beat the London Monarchs 33-28 in front of a 15,461 crowd, but they reinforced the thought that the Claymores are the best team in the World League, banishing last week's defeat in Amsterdam into history.

The fact that Amsterdam's Admirals look like the team the Claymores will have to face again in the June 23 final, following their 24-14 away win against Rhein Fire yesterday, was not of concern to the head coach.

Criner was more interested in sending a message to the Scottish football team than worrying about who his team will face in the showpiece final.

``Our team did a great job today,'' said Criner. ``We knew it was going to be tough and it was. But we came out and performed as a team, and despite the fact that we sustained a few injuries, I feel confident that things are back on track for the World Bowl.

``Hopefully our win today in beating the English will inspire our soccer team to get after them down at Wembley in the same way our guys handled them here today.''

In many of their victories this season, it's been the Claymores hard hitting defence which has more often than not carried the day. But the Scots now have an offence to be proud, directed by back-up quarterback Jim Ballard, notching up an all-time high 33 points.

The one low note was the disappointing performance of Gavin Hastings. He had a miserable time, missing an extra point and his first field-goal attempt in front of the uprights from 19 yards out.

However, his fellow kicker, Paul McCallum, excelled, booting a 51-yard field goal - the longest in Claymore history - for four points, the first time the Scots have scored on such a kick.

The day's other heroes were Ballard, running back Siran Stacy, and receiver Yo Murphy.

Ballard threw 17 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Stacy, the Claymores record-breaking rusher, ran for 100 yards and went over the 2000 yards mark in his World League career.

He also scored a 44-yard touchdown to seal victory, while Murphy caught two touchdowns that were key in the Claymores victory.

Monarchs scored first when quarterback Preston Jones threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Willie Hinchcliff. Kevin Hurst's extra point made it 7-0. Claymores got on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter with McCallum's monster kick which made it 7-4.

At the start of the second quarter, Ballard through what seemed a harmless flare pass to Ron Dickerson at London's 35-yard line, but the rusher showed good pace, powering down the sideline to dive into the endzone for the Claymore's first touchdown.

With the Claymores 10-7 ahead, Monarchs tried to get back into the game but Jones was intercepted by Claymore defensive end John DeWitt. However, the Scots failed to capitalise when Hastings missed his first field-goal attempt.

He was disappointed with the miss but kicked the Scots next PAT after Murphy ended the first half with a 12-yard touchdown.

Monarchs pulled the score back to within three points after Darren Studstill intercepted Ballard deep in Claymores territory at the start of the third quarter. Receiver Larry Wallace then caught a 10-yard lob from Jones for another London touchdown, Hurst's PAT brought it back to 14-17.

McCallum added a 30-yard field goal at the start of the fourth to make 20-14. Ten plays later the Claymores were again in the endzone, Ballard completing a 15-yard touchdown pass again to Murphy. Hastings extra point moved the Claymores to a 27-14 lead.

But London, trying to keep their feint World Bowl hopes alive, were not dead and with three minutes left, Jones found Wallace again who beat two Claymore tacklers to score. Hurst was again good with the PAT to bring the scores to 27-21.

But Stacy took control, powering in on a 44-yard touchdown after almost being tackled at the line of scrummage. Hastings missed the extra point but the Claymores were 33-21 in front.

Monarchs added a score when Mike Titley caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Jones with 13 seconds left, but a botched on-side kick gave possession back to the Claymores who ran out the remaining eight seconds.

Frankfurt Galaxy set up a World Bowl decider with Amsterdam by defeating Barcelona Dragons 24-21.