Six of the best for Harris
Glamorgan seamer James Harris checked Australia A’s progress with a six-wicket haul that gave England Lions a share of the opening-day honours at Edgbaston.
Harris, who took only one wicket in last week’s drawn match at Old Trafford, was the pick of the seam attack and took 6-102 across five spells - his best return since he claimed his career-best figures of 7-66 in his only his second first-class match against Gloucestershire in May 2007.
He recovered well after Liam Bird had taken three fours from his first two overs and, with the aid of three wickets from James Tredwell, the Lions fought back well to restrict the tourists to 308 for nine.
Harris took the important wicket of Phil Hughes, who was one of three players - all with Test experience - to pass 50 for the tourists.
Hughes, drafted into Australia’s squad to replace the injured Peter Forrest after a productive stint in county cricket with Worcestershire, made a fluent 51 and shared a third-wicket stand of 93 with his captain Ed Cowan before mistiming a drive off Harris to Joe Root at cover.
Harris returned after tea to bowl Joe Burns and Nathan Coulter-Nile with length deliveries to claim the ninth five-wicket haul of his career and also dismissed Tim Paine before stumps.
Tredwell got early turn and bounce from a pitch that had been seamer-friendly when it was used for Warwickshire’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Kent the night before.
The Kent off-spinner took three wickets either side of tea including Cowan, who looked compact and well organised during his 166-ball 73, featuring seven fours and a top-edged six off Harris.
Cowan was clearly unhappy when umpire Neil Mallender gave him out lbw sweeping at Tredwell and shook his head on his way back to the pavilion.
Tredwell struck again with his first ball after tea when Tom Cooper edged one that turned to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter and the same combination accounted for Mitchell Johnson, one of five Test caps in a strong Australia A side.
Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes was unlucky not to take a wicket on his home ground during a testing afternoon spell in which he conceded only 12 runs in nine overs and had Burns dropped by Samit Patel at second slip.
Patel also dropped Paine in the slips off Tredwell on four, a reprieve which allowed the Australian wicketkeeper to complete a busy 69-ball fifty before he was caught behind fanning down the leg side at Harris.