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The Australian Under-19 team had a much improved batting performance at Bill Albury Oval in Brisbane today beating Scotland Under-19 by 71 runs in the final warm-up match ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket Word Cup. Queensland's James Pierson lead the charge for Australia in the morning top-scoring with an impressive 128 runs, hitting eight sixes and eight fours in his innings, before retiring to give his teammates a bat.
Peirson was well supported in the batting line-up with South Australia's Travis Head hitting 87 of 42 balls that also included an enormous eight sixes and six fours. Vice-captain Kurtis Patterson contributed a handy 39 before being bowled by Aman Bailwal.
Australia ended their innings with a solid 315 for Scotland to chase.
Bailwal stood out with the ball for Scotland, taking a five-wicket haul for 52 runs. The only other bowler to strike for Scotland was Ruaidhri Smith who dismissed Victoria's Meyrick Buchanan, LBW for 13.
Scotland got off to a decent start after lunch with their openers putting on a century stand for the first wicket before Ross McClean (32) was dismissed by West Australia's Ashton Turner.
Despite a valiant effort by Matt Cross (104) Scotland we unable to chase down the total set by Australia and were bowled out for 244 in the 46th over.
New South Wales' paceman Gurinder Sandhu took a hat-trick for Australia with the ball and finished on figures of 5-51.
Pierson said he thought Scotland came at Australia hard in their run chase.
"We were impressed with how the openers went about their business and we had to bounce back. The match was a good assessment for us as a bowling unit and we defended pretty well.
"I think we batted really well today as well, we saw the deck as a pretty flat wicket and batted aggressively from the start and we put on a good total," Pierson said.
Peirson said the side was looking ahead to the first match of the tournament against England.
"England are a very good cricketing side, they have a couple of good batsman and spearhead bowlers. They are a very rounded unit and they are a real threat to us in this competition," he said.
Meanwhile, Queensland's Jack Wildermuth has been ruled out of the tournament with a broken toe on his left foot. A replacement for Wildermuth will be made by the selectors in due course.
The Australian Under-19 team will start their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in Townsville on Saturday where they will play England.
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