On July 21 around fifty Southern Highlands Scottish Cricket Tragics descended on The International Cricket Hall of Fame for a traditional Scottish Feast and to acknowledge the small but worthy contribution Scotland made to Sir Donald Bradmans cricketing career.
The night was catered in true Scottish style by Robin Murray who is at the helm of Stumps Cafe at The International Cricket Hall of Fame. Being a Scotsman himself Robins’ authentic menu included Cullen Skink and of course Haggis.
In keeping with the Scottish tradition the Haggis was ceremonially piped in, ‘praised to the skies, and despatched with a single sweep of a sharp knife.’ In this instance by Garry Barnsley OAM, past Chairman of the Bradman Foundation.
The night was an occasion to remember the Australian victory over Scotland at Aberdeen in 1948. As Garry Barnsley explained to the guests:
“At unlikely Aberdeen, the Australians concluded their 1948 tour de force in Britain, and registered their second victory over Scotland (they had already prevailed over the locals at Edinburgh). Ten thousand spectators turned out to see Scotland bat first – scoring 178 – and then marvel at Bradman’s whirlwind 123 not out, in a tally of six for 407 declared. The Don hit two sixes and seventeen fours in just 90 minutes. The home side were all out for 142, giving Australia a win by an innings and 87 runs – and ‘invincible’ status at the end of a grueling tour of thirty four games.”