New South Wales Blues stunned Trinidad & Tobago to win last night's Champions League Twenty20 final in Hyderabad by 41 runs.
T&T appeared to have gained the advantage when the seamers Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo engineered a top-order collapse, leaving NSW in danger of being bowled out for under 100. But Brett Lee rescued the innings with an excellent 48, and Steven Smith contributed 33 as NSW recovered to reach 159 for 9.
Lee then claimed two early wickets as T&T faltered at the start of their chase – and although several batsmen got starts, they never recovered and were bowled out for 118 in 15.5 overs.
The Australian side pocketed the winners' cheque of $2.5m (£1.5m) and Simon Katich, their captain, said he was grateful for the opportunities the tournament presented. A lot of our young guys have had the chance to play on a world stage and show what they are capable of," Katich said. "All the teams who came here have had the opportunity to basically play at an international level. It's invaluable for our young guys, playing in front of 30,000 people. This will hold them in good stead when they play international cricket down the track. It's been brilliant."
Wozniacki conduct under scrutiny
Caroline Wozniacki could fall foul of the Women's Tennis Association's "best efforts" rule following her retirement when within one game of victory at the Luxembourg Open earlier this week. The WTA confirmed yesterday that it was investigating Wozniacki's retirement with a hamstring injury when leading Luxembourg's Anne Kremer 7-5, 5-0.
Two games before the end Wozniacki's father, Piotr, reportedly told her to pull out because the injury would have prevented her playing in the next round. His comments were picked up by television microphones and heard by online gamblers. A hospital examination later confirmed Wozniacki's injury. The WTA might consider whether Wozniacki has breached its code of conduct, which says a player must "use her best efforts during a match". Paul Newman
Kaymer hits front in first event back
Martin Kaymer, returning after nine weeks out with broken toes suffered in a go-kart accident, surprised himself by surging into a share of the lead after his second round in the Castello Masters yesterday. The 24-year-old German was delighted to add a four-under 67 to his opening 63 to join Australian Robert Allenby (66) on 12-under 130, one ahead of the tournament host Sergio Garcia.
Defending champion Garcia was 11 under after sinking a par putt in near darkness on the 15th and the Spaniard will have to return this morning to play his remaining three holes. He was one of 50 players yet to complete their rounds. "The last six or seven holes my foot was really hurting but only when walking," Kaymer said. "Now I'm going to put some ice on my foot, try to rest and do no walking on it."Reuse content