Australia A have started their VB Tour of the British Isles in fine style, defeating Scotland by 360 runs in Edinburgh.
Australia A 8-372dec & 5-230dec. (Henriques 59*, Agar 56) defeated Scotland 149 & 93 (Pattinson 4-21, Sayers 3-16) by 360 runs at Edinburgh. Scorecard
For the second day running sunshine draped the Grange Cricket Club to host perfect conditions despite the odd cool breeze (the Earl, perhaps?).
Ashton Agar and Moises Henriques put on 91 and both posted half-centuries as Australia A declared at 5-230, setting Scotland an impossible 454 for victory.
The run chase didn’t begin well when a James Pattinson yorker removed Matt Machan for seven with the opener limping off in considerable discomfort.
More pain would follow when Freddie Coleman would checkout without scoring, caught well at third slip by a diving Henriques to give Pattinson his second victim.
Josh Davey’s technique and courage were examined to discover plenty of both, but against a probing Chad Sayers he kicked the bucket on 14 caught and bowled.
First ball after lunch Sayers’ surgical precision nicked out Richie Berrington then had Moneeb Iqbal calling for the nurse three balls later, out LBW for naught.
The waiting room was empting fast when Matthew Cross edged one through to Brad Haddin to give Peter Siddle a well-deserved wicket.
Nathan Lyon didn’t waste any balls warming up, discharging Scotland captain Preston Mommsen at bat-pad for 12 to leave the hosts on crutches at 7-45.
Lower order hitting from Calum MacLeod wasn’t enough to save the Scots, as Pattinson returned to take two of the last three and unplug the life support.
A loss of 360 runs signifies a vast range in class, but Scotland competed well in the field and with the ball, with only their batting against Test bowlers the major concern.
James Pattinson was the pick of the bowlers over both innings, supplemented well by Sayers and Lyon.
Australia A now head to Belfast on Tuesday to take on the Irish in another four-day contest.
If form stays true Ireland might need a mortician on standby.
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First Posted 10 June, 2013 3:29AM AEST