Sunday 26 July 2009 

Ashes 2009: Morale-Boosting Win For Australians

Ashes 2009: Morale-Boosting Win For Australians
Ashes 2009: Morale-Boosting Win For Australians
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Australians 308-8 dec. & 270-3 dec. (McDonald 75) beat
Northamptonshire 226-7 dec. & 217 (McDonald 4-15) by 135 runs

Tour match, Northampton, day three

Andrew McDonald scored a half-century and picked up four wickets as the touring Australians beat Northamptonshire by 135 runs in Northampton.

McDonald top scored with 75 before the tourists declared their second innings on 270 for three, Phillip Hughes (68), Graham Manou (59 not out) and Shane Watson (50) also helping themselves to half-centuries.

Watson's runs came in just 35 deliveries with 11 fours while McDonald was not hanging about either, facing 85 balls and hitting nine boundaries.

That set Northamptonshire a target of 353 to win and despite an opening partnership of 99 between Niall O'Brien (58) and Ben Howgego (46) they collapsed to be dismissed for 217.

McDonald returned four for 15, removing Howgego, Riki Wessels (33), David Willey (2) and Graeme White (0) as Australia picked up a morale-boosting win.

Stuart Clark further enhanced his claims for a Test call-up with two wickets while Mitchell Johnson, Watson and Nathan Hauritz chipped in with one apiece as Northamptonshire's innings lasted just 64.1 overs.

Australia trail England in the Ashes 1-0 after two Tests and the third begins on Thursday (30th July) at Edgbaston.

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