Sydney Sixers clinch maiden CLT20 trophy

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Published: Monday, October 29, 2012, 10:18 [IST]
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Johannesburg, Oct 29: A clinical performance from Sydney Sixers saw them beat South Africa's Highveld Lions by ten wickets in the Champions League final to claim the trophy for the first time at Johannesburg on Sunday.

Sixers beat Lions; clinch CLT20 trophy


After winning the toss, Sydney Sixers decided to field and restricted Highveld Lions to 121 off 20 overs. Lions' batting collapsed as Ghulam Bodi (6), Alviro Petersen (1), Neil McKenzie (0), Quinton de Kock (1) disappointed in the final as the team was tottering at 32/5 which ensured that the cup would go to Australia.

But Jean Symes made a valiant half century 51 off 46 balls to help Lions post a modest 121, as it looked like the team wouldn't reach the three figure mark.

Tsolekile (20) and Pretorius (21) also added a few runs at the end of the innings, to help Lions reach 121.

Nathan McCullum and Josh Hazlewood were fabulous as they claimed three wickets each, while Mitchell Starc and Steve O'Keefe grabbed a wicket each.

Steve O'Keefe bowled magnificently as he conceded just 11 runs off his 4 overs, which was another highlight of the Sydney's bowling.

Chasing a modest 122 to win, Michael Lumb and skipper Brad Haddin smashed 124 off 12.3 overs to register a ten wicket win against Lions.

With this win, Sydney Sixers remained unbeaten this season. Michael Lumb scored a fabulous 82 off 42 balls while Haddin made 37 off 33 balls.

Lumb was awarded the man of the match while Mitchell Starc who claimed 14 wickets off 6 matches was awarded the man of the series award for his fantastic effort in this season's Champions League T20.


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