Thursday 3 November 2011 

Australia Wrap Up Tour Game Victory With Time To Spare

Australia Wrap Up Tour Game Victory With Time To Spare
Australia Wrap Up Tour Game Victory With Time To Spare
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Australians 236 & 214-3 (Watson 77, Marsh 73no) beat
South Africa A 183 & 264 by seven wickets
Tour game, Potchefstroom
| Day Two Report

Fluent half-centuries from top order batsmen Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh enabled the touring Australians to beat South Africa A by seven wickets with a day to spare of their warm-up game in Potchefstroom.

Watson made 77 in 73 balls and Marsh was unbeaten on 73 in 87 as the tourists made short work of their target to close on 214 for three in 40.4 overs.

Mitchell Johnson had earlier taken five for 74 to bowl South Africa A out for 264 in their second innings, the left-arm quick taking nine wickets in the match, which served Australia well ahead of the opening Test in Cape Town which begins on 9th November.

Johnson removed Ryan McLaren (4), Robin Peterson (19), Wayne Parnell (2) before Marchant de Lange was bowled by Peter Siddle for 15 to set Australia 211 to win.

Although they lost Phillip Hughes for 19 when he was caught by JP Duminy off Parnell, an 84-run partnership between Watson and Marsh took them a long way towards the win.

Watson hammered 14 fours and a six while Marsh stroked 15 fours to put the game beyond the home side.

Watson fell when he was caught by wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile off McLaren and Ricky Ponting was caught by McLaren off Robin Peterson for 29.

Brad Haddin was unbeaten on six.

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