Sydney Sixers have claimed their maiden Champions League Twenty20 title with a 10-wicket win over the Highveld Lions on Sunday.
Electing to field first, the Sixers were on top from the start in the final in Johannesburg as they dismissed the local outfit for 121 at the end of the 20 overs with New Zealander Nathan McCullum (3-24) and Josh Hazlewood (3-22) doing most of the damage.
The Australian side then chased the target down comfortably with Michael Lumb making 82 off 42 balls and Brad Haddin giving him good company with a 33-ball 37.
The Sixers were always expected to chase down the total but even they would not have predicted a win without the loss of a wicket with the opening pair achieving the target in just 12.3 overs with Lumb hitting eight boundaries and five sixes.
Haddin too looked good at the other end, hitting a six and four boundaries but was happy playing the second fiddle with Lumb in rich form.
Earlier, the Lions were in trouble from the start and were reduced to 5-32 before Jean Symes (51 off 46 balls) ensured they reached a respectable total.
Gulam Bodi (6 off 3) fell in the first over to McCullum while Hazlewood sent back Quinton de Kock (1 off 7) in the third.
Hazlewood also claimed the in-form Neil McKenzie (0) in the same over and skipper Alviro Petersen (one) also did not last long with Steve O'Keefe sending him back in the fourth.
Things went from bad to worse for the Lions when Sohail Tanveer (11 off 16) was trapped LBW by McCullum with the score reading 32-5 before Symes and Thami Tsolekile (20 off 19) putting on 41 in 6.3 overs.
Symes then also added 38 runs with Dwaine Pretorius (21 off 13) before the Sixers claimed the last four wickets for just 11 runs to ensure their batsmen would not have much trouble in the chase.
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First Posted 29 October, 2012 8:01AM AEST