Bairstow cashes in against Aussies
Jonny Bairstow scored 139 off 168 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes
Jonny Bairstow was the big winner during the final day of the drawn four day game between England Lions and Australia A at Old Trafford after completing an entertaining century.
The Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman scored 139 off 168 balls, including 20 fours and two sixes, underpinning England's total of 315 for six declared in their second innings and setting the tourists an unlikely target of 354 from a minimum of 64 overs during the final two sessions of the match.
At an asking rate in excess of five and a half runs per over, it was a task Ed Cowan's side did not even contemplate and the players shook hands at 5.40pm with the Australians at 144 for four from 62.
Resuming on an overnight score of 158 for three in the second innings, Bairstow advanced from 73 in partnership with Craig Kieswetter, the pair adding 96 in 19 overs for the fifth wicket after left-arm spinner Jon Holland trapped James Tredwell lbw with the day's fourth ball.
Bairstow, who was dropped from the senior Test team after scoring only 38 runs in three matches against the West Indies earlier in the summer, lofted Nathan Lyon straight down the ground before smearing the off-colour Mitchell Johnson over square-leg.
The tourists resorted to bowling part-time spin during the latter stages of the morning session and Bairstow fell 11 runs shy of 150 when he was caught behind as he attempted to reverse sweep Peter Forrest's off-spin.
It was the Queensland player's maiden first-class wicket before Holland (three for 89) had Chris Woakes stumped by Tim Paine, leaving the score at 312 for six, seven balls before an unadventurous declaration came at lunch, with Kieswetter unbeaten on 66 from 94 balls.
Samit Patel had a hand in three of the four wickets to fall. He pouched a smart catch at second slip to get rid of Cowan for nine off James Harris before forcing Liam Davis (43) to edge to a juggling Bairstow at slip. Patel then caught Tom Cooper (four) at silly point as the batsman swept a James Tredwell delivery onto his boot shortly after tea.
Stuart Meaker picked up the fourth wicket courtesy of another excellent catch by Bairstow at first slip, one-handed diving to his left, to dismiss Tim Paine for 17 shortly before the match drew to a close. Michael Klinger top-scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 65 off 148 balls.
The sides play the second and final match of their mini series at Edgbaston, starting on Tuesday.