Haddin leads the way against Scotland
From Cricket Scotland
Day 1, 1st Innings: Australia A 335/6 (90 overs) Haddin 113, Siddle 85*, Goudie 21-8-44-1, MacLeod 17-1-71-2 [Scorecard]
Day 1 – Morning Session
The promised sunshine failed to arrive on Friday morning for the opening day’s play between Scotland and Australia A.
From the initial 12 man squad selected, Ewan Chalmers was the man to miss out for the Scots. Wicketkeeper Matthew Cross was presented with his first Scotland cap just before play began.
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.
Iain Wardlaw and Gordon Goudie opened the bowling for Scotland and both had reasonable success early on as they found a probing line and settled into a comfortable rhythm.
After the initial seven overs Australia A had reached 15-0 before the first wicket of the day fell, as Goudie, who found considerable swing from the pavilion end and forced the early breakthrough as Silk (4) was caught prodding at a good length ball only to be snaffled up by Mommsen at second slip.
Opening batsman Alex Doolan followed an over later as he was clean bowled by Iain Wardlaw for 14.
Scotland looked the more dominant side in the opening spell and had Australia A in an uncomfortable position of 23-2 after 9 overs.
Both opening bowlers were withdrawn from the attack after the drinks break, with Goudie returning impressive figures of 1-7 including 3 maidens after his first spell.
Calum MacLeod and Calvin Burnett were introduced into the attack as the Australian pair, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith played a variety of well-timed shots around the wicket.
Scotland could still sense another wicket in the making, however, and kept a high work rate throughout.
This was rewarded when MacLeod claimed his first scalp of the day with help from a sharp catch by Goudie in the gully, as Smith (22) tried to throw his arms at a wide delivery.
MacLeod continued on from his impressive spell of bowling against Essex in the YB40 competition, and tested Khawaja’s temperament.
Australia’s vice-captain Brad Haddin was the next visitor to the wicket and looked comfortable against the Scottish attack.
The pair looked to capitalise and up the run-rate as they settled, bringing up the 100 in the last over before lunch.
Day 1: Afternoon Session
Messrs Goudie and Wardlaw returned to open the bowling in the afternoon session, attempting to break the partnership of Haddin and Khawaja.
Goudie bowled at his economical best and was unfortunate not to claim another wicket, before Wardlaw swapped ends.
Usman Khawaja passed his fifty not long after the interval, bringing his half-century up in 97 balls.
The introduction of Machan’s off-breaks and a tireless Wardlaw suppressed the batsmen enough to force another chance, this time to wicketkeeper Cross.
Wardlaw pitched the ball on a good length and allowed for some seam movement which caught the edge to dismiss Khawaja for 51 and bring about a vital wicket in the context of the match.
Australia A were sitting in a precarious position on 144-4 and looked to the highly rated Moises Henriques to make a big score.
He quickly asserted his authority over Machan, hitting him for 6 early on, whilst Haddin reached his half-century.
MacLeod came back into the attack and had Henriques fishing outside off-stump, the ball sailing straight to Goudie at gully for 20 to keep Australia A at bay on 171-5 after 53 overs.
Australia managed to survive until the tea break without the loss of further wickets, with the score on 193-5.
Day 1: Evening Session
The rebuilding process for Australia began in the final session of the day as the captain Haddin accelerated his innings and found the boundary frequently to relieve any pressure on the visitors.
He and Peter Siddle reached their fifty partnership off 85 balls without trouble as the pair dominated proceedings.
At the end of the 72nd over of the day, Australia “A” had amassed 240 runs and looked well set in the evening session.
Haddin took his score to into nineties with some fine shots, including a huge six straight down the ground.
Soon after, he registered his 16th first-class century with a single from the bowling of Burnett. His century coming in double-quick time, with only 143 balls needed.
Peter Siddle brought up a useful fifty almost simultaneously as Australia A asserted their authority.
By this time Scotland needed a wicket to disrupt things. A chance was offered by the bowling of Iqbal, but the tough chance was dropped in the slips.
Iqbal was to be rewarded a few overs later as he and Preston Mommsen, taking a superb diving catch above his head, combined to remove the danger-man Haddin.
That was to be the last wicket to fall in the day, with Peter Siddle well set at the crease on 85.
Credit to Scotland, as they hounded Australia well in the morning session and kept working hard through the difficult middle overs when Australia A were on top.
They managed to remove the danger man Haddin before the close of play, and with the second new ball taken, Scotland will be anxious to wrap the Australian innings early tomorrow morning, and make sure they post a competitive total in reply.
Reaction - day 1
At the end of play Preston Mommsen said, “very pleased with the overall efforts, I think we created a lot of chances and I think 330/6 I’d take, although 330/7 would have been a fairer refelction of our efforts today.
I think Wardy and Goudie with the new ball created a lot of pressure and it wasn’t easy to score and I think at one point they were 60/3, and Iqbal as well towards the end of that session had a very good spell.”
When asked what approach he would take tomorrow Mommsen commented, “Obviously we will try and bowl them out, but we’ll have to assess as the game develops tomorrow, I’m pretty sure we’ll be batting early on in that morning session.”
Australian A captain Brad Haddin said at the end of the day,” It was cold for the first four hours of the day and difficult to get warmed up, but we are in a good position in the match, we’ll push forward in the first session tomorrow and have a little crack before the break.
It was a good day and everyone got out what they needed to, we’ve got a competitive total from the day to keep the game moving forward and we have a good bowling line up.
Hopefully tomorrow we can get Peter Siddle to his initial first-class hundred.”
Play will start at 11am tomorrow morning, with good weather forecast there will be plenty of opportunity to see some top quality action at the Grange. Entry for U18s is free.