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William Hill cashes in on Ashes

Ashes fans
England fans are celebrating a victory that few bet on

UK bookmaker William Hill has said it won a "six-figure sum" after England regained the Ashes on Sunday.

After England's 5-0 drubbing in 2007, it seems that most English cricket fans had expected the Australians to retain the prize.

"The patriotic punt never really occurred," the bookmaker said.

"Although I am sure they will never admit it the majority of our customers were backing Ponting and his men all through the series," it added.

Australia tried hard to fight back on day four of the Test, but were unsuccessful in their quest to score what would have been a world-record-breaking target of 546 for victory.

But Australian captain Ricky Ponting was ran out by Andrew Flintoff and Mike Hussey was last out to seal England's 2-1 victory at The Oval.

"We were sweating a bit before Ponting was run out but have cleaned up with a six figure win," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

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The Age Long way back - 15 hrs ago
Sydney Morning Herald Proteas promise to look after No.1 - 18 hrs ago
Cape TimesAshes defeat: 'Ponting will not be evicted, nor is he likely to step aside' - 22 hrs ago
Telegraph Ricky Ponting: We may be down but we are already planning for the next Ashes series - 22 hrs ago
Irish Times Flintoff admits falling short of greatness - 28 hrs ago
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