Monday 29 October 2012 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Michael Lumb

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Michael Lumb
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England's Sydney Sixers batsman Michael Lumb has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his batting helped his side win the Champions League Twenty20 in emphatic style.

Lumb top scored in both the semi-final win over Nashua Titans and the final against Highveld Lions to walk off with the golden bat award for leading run-scorer and was also named as man of the match in the final.

In the first match of the week, Lumb hit 28 in 22 balls to get Sydney's innings off to a flyer against Mumbai Indians, a game Sydney went on to win by 12 runs.

In the semi-final, Lumb took a catch to dismiss Jacques Rudolph before Titans set the reigning Big Bash League side a challenging 164 to win.

Proving he was up for the challenge, the left-hander thumped 33 in 19 balls to put them on course for victory, his innings including six fours and a maximum.

Sixers won that game by two wickets but thanks to Lumb's powerful innings of 82 in 42 balls, the final was a much more clear-cut affair.

The Lions were bowled out for 121 and after they dropped Lumb on 17, he took full advantage, blasting eight fours and five sixes to reach his 14th Twenty20 half-century, in the process sharing a record first-wicket partnership with Brad Haddin.

Sixers won the match by 10 wickets with more than seven overs to spare.

Other contenders for the award included his team-mates Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins and Steve O'Keefe, Lions bowler Aaron Phangiso and Titans batsman Henry Davids.

© Cricket World 2012

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