Clark bowls Aussies to victory over WI
Australia recorded their 13th win in the last 14 Tests against the West Indies in Kingston on Tuesday as five wickets from Stuart Clark inspired them to a 95-run victory on the fifth and final day of the first match.
Clark captured a Test best five wickets for 32 runs from 20 overs to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, as the West Indies, chasing 287 runs to win, were dismissed for 191 in their second innings about 40 minutes before the scheduled tea break on the fifth and final day of the Test at Sabina Park.
Leg-spin bowler Stuart MacGill sealed victory, when he had batting bunny Amit Jaggernauth dubiously caught at forward short leg for a duck - a dismissal which TV replays showed that umpire Russell Tiffin's decision was incorrect.
The victory gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series which continues on Friday in Antigua and concludes with the third and final Test in Barbados, starting on June 12.
Denesh Ramdin hit the top score for West Indies in a rearguard effort of 36, Darren Sammy supported him in a 67-run, seventh-wicket stand with 35, opener Devon Smith made 28, and Daren Powell enjoyed himself in a late flourish of 27.
But Clarke made sure the match was over as a genuine contest, when he ripped out Ramnaresh Sarwan and Smith in the first half-hour of the morning to leave the home team 60 for three.
He and Brett Lee shared five wickets in the morning period to bowl Australia into a match-winning position, as the West Indies reached 117 for six in their second innings at lunch, following an opening session extended by 30 minutes to compensate for time lost for bad light the previous evening.
In their opening spells, Clark removed Sarwan, Smith, and Dwayne Bravo, and Lee sent back Runako Morton and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to have West Indies reeling on 82 for six.
Clark gave Australia a welcome start, when Sarwan was caught at extra cover for 12 in the third over of the morning to a fine catch from Andrew Symonds.
The West Indies captain was squared-up and was trying a flick at a full length delivery and the ball flew from the leading edge high to left of Symonds, who stretched himself, and contorted his body to allow him to palm the ball up before he quickly turned and clutched the ball with both hands.
Clark's dismissal of Smith was far more straightforward. The left-handed opener was adjudged lbw for 28 in the seventh over of the morning, when he offered no shot to a ball that pitched and straightened.
Lee came close to removing Morton, when the batsman was nearly bowled on one, after he inside-edged a delivery and almost played it into the stumps before he had the presence of mind to kick it away.
But there was no saving Morton, when he drove at a full length delivery from Lee, missed, and was adjudged lbw to Lee for four.
Lee was in the middle of an inspired spell, and had Chanderpaul dropped on five, when the left-hander edged a well-pitched delivery straight into the lap of first slip fielder Simon Katich, and next ball, he had an appeal for an lbw verdict turned down.
But Lee was on the receiving end, when Chanderpaul - who had scored a century in the first innings - responded with a crunching pull through mid-wicket for four.