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29-Oct-2012 03:30:00 GMT
Lions v Sydney, final, CLT20, Johannesburg

Sydney Beat Lions to Clinch CLT20 Title

Johannesburg: Sydney Sixers produced an all-round clinical display to clinch the Champions League Twenty20 title with a dominating 10-wicket victory over Highveld Lions in a lop-sided summit clash on Sunday night.

The Sixers first rode on a brilliant bowling display by spinner Nathan McCullum (3-24) and pacer Josh Hazlewood (3-22) to dismiss Highveld Lions for a modest 121 in their stipulated 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to field.

The Australian side then returned to overhaul the target with 7.3 overs to spare, thanks to some powerful hitting by opener Michael Lumb and skipper Brad Haddin, who notched up a record unbeaten 124-run partnership.

Chasing 122 to win, Lumb annihilated the Lions with eight fours and five sixes in his 42-ball 82-run not out innings, while his opening partner Haddin blasted four boundaries and a six in his 33-ball unfinished 37.

Earlier, McCullum and Hazlewood claimed three wickets each to help Sydney Sixers dismiss Highveld Lions for a modest 121 in the final.

Sydney Sixers broke the backbone of the Lions as they reduced them to 9/4 in just 3.3 overs after winning the toss and electing to field.

Jean Symes top-scored with a 46-ball 51 to help Lions put up a total or else things could have been more embarrassing for the home team at the New Wanderers Stadiums.

Symes added 23 runs with Sohail Tanvir for the fifth wicket to start the recovery but the Pakistani player lost his wicket in the seventh over as the Lions lost half their side with just 32 on board.

Symes then forged a 41-run partnership with Thami Tsolekile for the sixth wicket and another 38 with Dwaine Pretorius for the seventh wicket to help Lions cross the 100-mark. Symes had eight fours in his 46-ball innings.

Brief scores
Highveld Lions
121 (Symes 51, Hazlewood 3-22, McCullum 3-24)
Sydney Sixers 124 for 0 (Lumb 82*, Haddin 37*)
Result Sydney Sixers won by 10 wickets
MOM Michael Lumb (Sydney Sixers)
Player of the series Mitchell Starc (Sydney Sixers)

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