Lumb the driving force as Sydney clinch title
Monday 29 October 2012
Englishman Michael Lumb hit a sparkling unbeaten 82 as the Sydney Sixers made light work of the Highveld Lions to canter to a 10-wicket victory in the Champions League Twenty20 final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Chasing the Lions' 121 all out, Sydney raced to 124 without loss, with Lumb in particularly destructive form, smashing eight fours and five sixes off just 42 balls.
Sydney, who went through the tournament unbeaten, received $2.5m (£1.55m) for winning the world club event, while the Lions claimed $1.3m as runners-up.
Earlier, the Johannesburg-based Lions were sent in to bat in front of a sell-out crowd and lost their last wicket off the last ball of their allotted 20 overs, with Jean Symes' 51, off 46 balls, their top score. Only Thami Tsolekile (20) and Dwaine Pretorius (21) provided the necessary support.
The New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who opened the bowling for the Sixers, proved particularly hard to get away and claimed 3 for 24, while promising paceman Josh Hazlewood picked up 3 for 22.
The Lions' fate, though, was cast early on after they crashed to 9 for 4, with left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe also proving effective with the new ball, claiming 1 for 11 off his four overs.
Lumb, who was born in South Africa, and fellow opener Brad Haddin (38 not out) made light work of chasing down the Lions' total and scored the winning runs with 45 balls remaining.
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