David Hussey stars in Scotland demolition
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Scorecard:Scotland v Australia
Player:SR Watson, DJ Hussey, G Goudie, AC Voges
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 28th August 2009


First David Hussey's brilliant century and then the Australian bowling attack shut down Scotland as the visitors won the ODI by a huge 189-run margin. Hussey's 111 made sure Australia reach a commanding 345 and then the visitors bowling attack sent the hosts packing as they could only manage 156 before being dismissed in the 40th over.


Chasing 346 to win Scotland skipper Gavin Hamilton and Frazer Watts started well by putting on 51 in 56 balls. All Aussie new ball bowlers Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Dirk Nannes and Shane Watson did not trouble the opening pair much until Watts played on to Nannes, giving the left-arm fast man his first wicket on debut.


Nannes, was taken for runs by Watts with boundaries from his first and sixth deliveries before forcing a straight six in his third over. After the fall of the first wicket though the hosts' lost momentum and Lee and his team-mates chipped in regularly to seal the thumping win.


Lee struck with a slower ball, a full toss which hit the top of Ryan Watson's stumps on 10, and the home side was 82 for 3 after Qasim Sheikh charged at Nathan Hauritz. His nick was missed by Tim Paine but picked up by the first slip Cameron White following a juggle.


Hussey was also successful with the ball as he struck with his second ball, Hamilton being taken by a sharp Watson grab at midwicket for 38.


Thereafter Richie Berrington (25) and Neil McCallum (24) did delay the inevitable for a while before Lee knocked out Berrington's off stump. He captured two wickets and also snatched a fine diving catch at cover to give Watson his second.


Earlier batting first the tourists were propelled by Hussey's first ODI century. The right-hander who has been left out of the 50-over squads for this trip and the Champions Trophy, appeared in this game while his brother Michael rested.


As Australia were in little trouble at one stage at 143 for 4, Hussey exploded against the offspinner Majid Haq with four sixes in three overs. One ball was lost in the foliage and another hit the sightscreen. The punishment continued as Haq continued to flight his deliveries.


Hussey came into bat after early losses of David Warner (0) and Michael Clarke (16) and joined Watson, who also looked in hurry on his way to a 41-ball 68.


Hussey's brought up his ton in 83 balls and there was a brief acknowledgement before he attempted more sixes. He finally found McCallum at long off, launching one high into the wind off Berrington.


Gordon Goudie ended the innings with four late breakthroughs to take 5 for 73 from 10 overs - only the second five-wicket haul by a Scottish player. He gave the strong crowd someone local to cheer.



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