Ruthless Sixers Crush Lions To Take CLT20 Title

	Ruthless Sixers Crush Lions To Take CLT20 Title
Ruthless Sixers Crush Lions To Take CLT20 Title
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Sydney Sixers 124-0 (Lumb 82no) beat
Highveld Lions 121 (Symes 51) by 10 wickets
Champions League T20 final, Johannesburg

Sydney Sixers delivered an utterly ruthless performance to thrash Highveld Lions by 10 wickets and claim the Champions Trophy title in a one-sided final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

The Sixers added the CLT20 crown to their Big Bash win by cruising to 124 without loss in 12.3 overs having earlier dismissed the Lions for 121.

Michael Lumb powered his way to 82 not out in 42 balls and captain Brad Haddin was unbeaten on 37 in 33 as the pair notched a new Sixers record opening partnership to win the game in style.

Lions never recovered from an early double-wicket maiden from Josh Hazlewood after Sydney's decision to open with spinners paid dividends.

Although Jean Symes counter-attacked to hit 51 in 46 balls, they failed to get close to a defendable score.

Nathan McCullum took the first over and removed Gulam Bodi for six before Hazlewood dismissed Quinton de Kock (1) and Neil McKenzie (0). When Alviro Petersen then fell to O'Keefe, Lions were reeling at nine for four.

Sohail Tanvir started the recovery for 11 before Symes, who struck eight fours, joined forces with first Thami Tsolekile (20) and Dwaine Pretorius (21) to help the Lions break the century-mark.

As they pushed to try to put Sydney under pressure, wickets tumbled, McCullum taking three for 24 and Hazlewood ending with three for 22.

Sixers started their reply relatively cautiously, making sure they did not repeat the mistakes made by some of the Lions batsmen, ensuring they had the measure of the pitch and the bowling before accelerating.

Lumb led the charge with eight fours and five sixes, although both he and Haddin were dropped before the team half-century had been posted.

Haddin was missed on 16 by Pretorius and Lumb was given a life on 17 by Bodi. Neither would offer anything else and in what seemed like no time, Lumb had reached his half-century, doing so with a six and then overtaken Bodi as the tournament's leading run-scorer.

It was the Englishman who won the game, hitting Pretorius over backward point for the four that  confirmed Sydney as the winners. On the evidence of the last two weeks, few would argue that they don't deserve to be called the best Twenty20 team in the world.

© Cricket World 2012

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