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Clark guides Australia to victory

First Test, Kingston (day five):
Australia 431 & 167 bt West Indies 312 & 191 by 95 runs

Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark took five wickets to guide Australia to victory

Stuart Clark took five wickets to help Australia win the first Test against West Indies by 95 runs.

Chasing 287, West Indies were ripped apart by Clark and fellow paceman Brett Lee as the hosts fell for 191.

Resuming on 46-1 on the fifth day, West Indies lost skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan and opener Devon Smith early and slumped to 117-6 at lunch.

Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy rescued some pride with a partnership of 67 but by then Australia had the game won.

Seamer Clark finished with figures of 5-32, his best Test performance.

Clark made the early inroads by dismissing Sarwan for 12 and Smith for 28, with neither batsman able to build significantly on their overnight scores.

606: DEBATE

Dwayne Bravo became Clark's third wicket of the morning - and the fourth of an impressive second innings - when he spooned a catch to Mitchell Johnson to head back to the pavilion for a duck.

And Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who hit a century in the first innings despite being flattened by a Lee bouncer, managed just nine before he was caught and bowled by Lee.

The Australian fast bowler was unlucky not to pick up the wicket of Ramdin as well when wicket-keeper Brad Haddin just failed to hold on to a diving catch.

The missed chance threatened to frustrate the tourists as Ramdin and Sammy halted the steady flow of wickets with some determined batting.

Ramdin, though, was eventually run out for 36 and the break-up of the partnership sealed the Windies' fate.

The impressive Clark struck again to remove Sammy lbw for 35 and even though Daren Powell cracked six fours on his way to 27, spinner Stuart MacGill claimed the final two wickets in successive balls to seal victory.

MacGill had Powell caught behind, while debutant Amit Jaggernauth (0) was held by Phil Jaques at short leg.


see also
Clark haul earns Ponting praise
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Gayle to return for West Indies
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Symonds sets up exciting finale
25 May 08 |  Australia
Chanderpaul leads Windies revival
25 May 08 |  Australia
Clark puts Windies under pressure
24 May 08 |  Australia
Ponting puts Australia in command
23 May 08 |  Australia
Clarke to miss first Windies Test
16 May 08 |  Australia
Australia in West Indies 2008
02 Jan 08 |  Cricket


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