Lumb leaves Lions reeling
England batsman Michael Lumb blasted 82 not out as Sydney Sixers secured Champions League T20 glory with a thumping 10-wicket win over South African franchise Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
On a pitch expected to yield high scores, Lions slumped to nine for four after being inserted by Brad Haddin.
Jean Symes’ 51 underpinned a recovery of sorts, but a total of 121 all out always appeared likely to be inadequate, and so it proved as man of the match Lumb and opening partner Haddin, who were both dropped on 17, shared an unbroken first-wicket stand of 124.
Victory was completed with 45 deliveries unused, with Haddin unbeaten on 38 and Lumb having cleared the ropes on five occasions in an eye-catching 42-ball knock.
Unbeaten Sydney, undoubtedly the most impressive team throughout the tournament, become the second Australian side to have lifted the trophy, after New South Wales Blues in 2009.
Nathan McCullum and Josh Hazlewood returned 3-22 and 3-24 respectively for the Sixers, with the former having Gulam Bodi caught on the leg-side boundary in the first over.
Hazlewood’s opening set of six brought the wickets of Quinton de Kock, superbly taken at third man by Steven O’Keefe, and Neil McKenzie, who fell for a duck.
Alviro Petersen then edged to slip off O’Keefe, leaving the Lions in total disarray.
Symes’ fighting innings, together with useful contributions from Thami Tsolekile and Dwaine Pretorius, ensured his side made it into three figures. The all-rounder eventually became Hazlewood’s final victim when he was caught behind in the final over.
Sydney’s reply began quietly, but Lumb and Haddin combined to take 13 from the fourth over, bowled by Chris Morris.
Both batsmen then benefited from moments of good fortune. Lumb, facing Aaron Phangiso, was reprieved by Bodi at long-off, while Haddin collected six off Dirk Nannes as Pretorius fumbled the ball over the rope at deep square-leg.
Those errors ended any realistic hopes of a Lions comeback and Lumb responded by cracking Phangiso for four boundaries, including a powerful straight six, in the ninth over.
Another maximum, over deep midwicket off Symes, brought up the Nottinghamshire batsman’s half-century and it was not long before proceedings were brought to an end.
Successive sixes from Lumb, who finished as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, off Pretorius took Sydney to within two of their target and the left-hander then picked up four more to complete a fine display.