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Ashes 1989 - The Worst Aussie Team Ever - Part Nine

  • Ashes 1989 - The Worst Aussie Team Ever - Part Nine

Scotland v Australians, Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, 15 July 1989

After a four day break Australia moved up north to take on a Scotland team which included international goalkeeper, Andy Goram.  It also contained a young Dougie Brown who would go onto have a very good career at Warwickshire in the 90’s.

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Border lost the toss but Richard Swan, the home skipper decided to give the supporters the opportunity of seeing the tourists bat for the maximum amount of time and put them in to bat.

Boon opened up with Veletta but was Brown’s first victim having made 19, but Veletta carried on his form from the Glamorgan game and hit another century.  He put on 174 for the second wicket with Moody before he Moir bowled Moody for 101 off 108 balls, having hit 14 fours.  Veletta then departed also for 101, but his innings was off 145 balls.  Australia made 307-7 off their 55 overs, as both Jones and Waugh entertained the crowd with some powerful hitting.  Jeremy Moir had the satisfaction of picking up five wickets including two in two balls when he bowled both Border and Hughes.

Scotland’s reply began well as the opening pair put on 90 but then they lost four wickets for 28 runs and then 134-4 became 158-8.  They rallied to post 210-9 from their 55 overs as Border gave all outfield players a bowl.


Minor Counties v Australians, County Ground, Trowbridge, 17 July 1989

From Glasgow the Australians travelled down to the South West of England to Trowbridge to play a Minor Counties XI. 

The Minor Counties side included a couple of players who went onto have brief county careers.  Border sat the game out so Marsh captained.  He won the toss and batted first.  Marsh had a much better one-day record on this tour than during the First Class matches, and so it continued here.  He hit his fourth one-day hundred of the trip, but not before Veletta, his opening partner, was hit on the hand and had to retire hurt in the fifth over.  Neither Taylor or Moody made much impression but Boon did.  Marsh and Boon were the two top scorers in the tour party for this format of the game and they put on 146 for the third wicket before Boon was out for 61.  Australia’s 55 overs saw them set 229-4, which was much lower than they had managed against stiffer opposition.

Plumb was suitably out lbw to Alderman without scoring in the Minor Counties replay but then Brown and Folland put on a stand of 78 before Hohns struck.  Folland was then third out for a fine 51 when Campbell bowled him, and then they lost Cockbain and Priestley in quick succession and sat at 132-5.  Greensword hit a brisk 17 and then from 178-6, three wickets fell for the addition of just five runs.  Lester, who came in at number five and batted for over an hour and a half, put on 19 for the final wicket but they were too far behind the run rate to threaten.  In the end Australia only won by 27 runs as Lawson and Campbell picked up three wickets each.


Hampshire v Australians, County Ground, Southampton, 19-21 July 1989

From Trowbridge to Southampton as Australia embarked on two county games before the Fourth Test.  Hampshire were the opponents, and they were captained by Mark Nicholas and included current England player, Robin Smith, and former internationals, Chris Smith (Robin’s brother) and Paul Terry.  They also included South African Steven Jefferies.

Border was still absent and again Marsh called correctly at the toss and chose to bat first.  He was joined as opener by his test partner, Taylor, but Marsh only scored 15 before Jefferies had him caught behind by Bobby Parks.  In came the dependable Boon and he and Taylor added 102 before the latter was run out for 42.  Boon then went on with his form when Waugh came in and these two put on 118 for the third wicket.  Boon was caught by Terry off James for 103, his fourth ton of the tour but surprisingly his first in a First Class match.  Moody came and went, caught by Robin Smith off the occasional medium pace of Mark Nicholas.  Waugh was finally out for 112 and then Tim Zoehrer took the opportunity for some batting practice before Marsh called a halt to proceedings and they declared at 343-6.

Chris Smith and Paul Terry negotiated a difficult session to the close of the first day to 33-0.  The two took their partnership past fifty before Lawson trapped Terry lbw for 19.  Smith went next over to May who also got the wicket of James after Rackemann had removed Robin Smith cheaply.  Hampshire were precariously placed at 77-4 but then the captain, Nicholas and Julian Wood embarked on a partnership of 143 to put them back in the game.  Waugh finally broke the stand when Wood was caught behind for 65 and then he quickly followed that up with the wicket of Parks before Jefferies helped Nicholas to his century, off 127 balls.  Once that landmark had been reached Nicholas declared on 275-6, 68 runs adrift.

When the tourists batted again they were in a spot of bother at 62-2 at the close, although their lead was 130.  Marsh (5) again had gone cheaply and Taylor (38) had gone for a more fluent innings.  On the third day Boon and Waugh put on a half-century stand and Waugh went onto score 67 to add to his first innings ton.  Moody again failed to make the most of an opportunity to force a test place and in the end Hohns was unbeaten on 58 as they were bowled out for 246.  Off-spinner Rajesh Maru picked up five wickets, including Taylor, Waugh and Moody.

Hampshire were left needing 315 to win but there was only time for 38 overs for which Terry and Chris Smith comfortably dealt with.  The match was drawn.



Gloucestershire v Australians, Royal and Sun Alliance County Ground, Bristol, 22-24 July 1989

Australia continued their trip to the South and South West as they moved to Bristol to meet Gloucestershire.  Bill Athey, who’d batted well in the last Ashes series down under, was captain of a side which included Jack Russell and future England selector, David Graveney.

Athey won the toss and decided they would have a bat first.  They were soon regretting this decision as both openers were out without scoring with Alderman taking both wickets.  Athey joined Jeremy Lloyds in settling things a bit but when both were out the hosts were only 108-4.  Young Mark Alleyne then made a brisk 22 before Alderman picked up his third wicket, that of Russell for 16.  Campbell then grabbed his second wicket when the dangerous Zimbabwean, Kevin Curran was caught behind for 46.  From 188-5 they collapsed to 200 all out as both Alderman and Campbell took four wickets each.

Australia had selected virtually their test side, although Waugh was missing, and Marsh and Taylor opened.  Marsh was out for another low score, 5, and now average 26.86 from twelve First Class matches on the tour.  Boon  and Border helped Taylor take them into the hundreds but it was Jones who stayed with him the longest.  At the close of play at the end of the first day they were 142-3, just 58 runs behind, with Taylor 69 not out.  His fifty came off 106 balls, hitting 8 fours.

Next day the pair took their partnership to 227 for the fourth wicket before Taylor was caught by Martin Ball off Alleyne for 141.  Taylor now had 1,000 runs in First Class games on the tour and was averaging over 50.  His hundred came up off 199 balls with 14 fours.  During the stand, Jones reached his fifty off 82 balls with 8 fours, and then brought up his century off 159 balls, having hit 15 fours and a six.

Healy and Hughes made quick knocks and even Lawson helped himself to 22, and they supported Dean Jones who ended unbeaten on 167.  His 150 came up off 213 balls with 20 fours and 2 sixes, and he was near 1,000 runs for the tour too, with an average of over 100.  Australia were all out for 438 and showing no signs of struggling with the bat.

When Gloucestershire batted a second time they were 238 behind.  Ian Butcher, Alan’s brother and Mark’s uncle, was again out cheaply with Alderman getting the wicket.  Tony Wright and Jeremy Lloyds dealt with the tourists but when Wright was out it all fell apart.  Wright was lbw to Lawson for 21 and they were 54-2.  Nine wickets fell for 38, with the last seven going for just 20.  Athey was third out when Boon took the catch off Lawson for 0.  72-3 then became 72-5 as Curran and Alleyne both fell to Lawson, who now had four of the five to fall.  He made it five when Lloyds was finally out for 36.  The final five wickets went for nine runs with Campbell picking up Greene and Jarvis to end with interesting figures, 2-1-1-2.  Lawson finished with 6-30 off 13 overs and Gloucestershire were blown away for 92 and Australia had won by an innings and 146 runs.  Great preparation as they looked to secure The Ashes at Old Trafford.


Previous Episodes

Part Eight - Third Test

Part Seven - Tour matches v Universities & Glamorgan

Part Six - Second Test

Part Five - Tour matches v Lancs & Northants

Part Four - First Test

Part Three - Tour matches v Warwicks & Derbys

Part Two - Texaco Trophy One-Day International Series

Part One - Opening tour matches

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