Clark spearheads Aussie win

Man-of the-match Stuart Clark has returned Australia's third best debut bowling figures as the tourists cantered to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test at Newlands.

Clark finished with the impressive match figures of 9-89 after opening his second innings account with the crucial wicket of overnight batsman Jacques Kallis in his first over.

He then removed Ashwell Prince as the Aussies restricted South African progress early in day three before finishing his haul with the wickets of Nicky Boje and Andre Nel for a deserved 4-34.

Thanks to the bowling of Clark and Shane Warne - who chipped in with 3-77 - Australia was set a modest chase of 95 runs for a third consecutive Test victory over South Africa.
Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden made light work leading into the tea break before both openers fell to Makhaya Ntini in the space of one over with the score on 71.

Ntini (3-28) then trapped captain Ricky Ponting in front of the stumps in his following over before Damien Martyn and Mike Hussey saw Australia home to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier, Clark repeated his form of the first innings with a superb bowling spell to tear the heart from the South African reply.

Resuming 33 runs short of taking the lead, the powerful paceman struck a vital blow with only his third ball of the day when he enticed Kallis with a wide delivery and a full-length diving Adam Gilchrist grabbed a one-handed catch.

After a steady 27, Prince followed soon after when he tickled Clark down the leg side to the grateful hands of Gilchrist once again.

The wicket was a reprieve for Warne who had put Prince down the delivery before and helped Clark finish his morning spell with the remarkable figures of eight overs, five maidens, nine runs for two wickets.

That final column could easily have read three after umpire Billy Doctrove turned down a convincing lbw shout when Clark smashed an inswinger into Mark Boucher's back pad with the wicketkeeper yet to score.

However, Boucher's resistance didn’t last too much longer as his brave challenge - which included getting struck painfully on the body and the helmet - was ended by Langer at short midwicket off Michael Kasprowicz for two.

After lunch, the South Africans showed greater positive intent with Andrew Hall slapping two boundaries off an out-of-sorts Warne.

However, it was the game's leading Test bowler who finally broke Hall's seventh-wicket partnership with Jacques Rudolph when his side most needed a breakthrough.

The ball after the South African pair had posted the Proteas' first 50 stand in the match, Warne clean bowled Rudolph - who had earlier taken an amazing 29 deliveries to get off the mark - from around the wicket for 41.

That set in motion Clark to polish off the tail with a burst of 2-11, first claiming a caught and bowled chance off Boje then cleaning up Nel's off stump with a full-pitched delivery to lay the platform for victory.

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