Blues storm into semis
New South Wales sealed their place in the semi-final of the Champions League T20 with a six-wicket success over Somerset.
Last Updated: 18/10/09 4:58pm
Champions League T20 - League A
Somerset 111-7 v New South Wales 112-4
New South Wales beat Somerset by 6 wkts
New South Wales Blues sealed their place in the semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 with a six-wicket success over Somerset Sabres.
David Warner smashed 40 from 16 balls as the Blues chased down a target of 112 to end Somerset's already slim hopes of a place in the last four.
Somerset struggled to a total of 111-7 after being sent in by Blues skipper Simon Katich in Hyderabad.
New South Wales seamer Stuart Clark (3-15) claimed three top-order wickets as the Sabres plummeted to 44-5 in the 10th over.
Zander de Bruyn, with 23, and Wes Durston's unbeaten 20 at least ensured the county side reached 100.
But Warner put the Somerset attack to the sword, smashing six fours and two sixes during his brief but entertaining innings, to turn the run chase into a formality.
Phil Hughes helped Warner add 56 for the opening wicket off just 28 deliveries.
Warner started with two boundaries in three balls off Charl Willoughby (1-30) and was particularly harsh on off-spinner Omari Banks (1-28), clubbing the first-change bowler for four and six in his first over.
He slammed Banks for a six and two boundaries off the first three deliveries in the spinner's second over, but the Anguillan hit back to have the left-hander caught by Jos Buttler in the deep.
New South Wales' line-up then wobbled with Hughes (18) and Daniel Smith (20) falling in one over from De Bruyn (2-19) and Moises Henriques (8) soon following.
But they needed only 24 from 10.3 overs at that stage and Katich's unbeaten 18 steered his team home with 49 balls to spare.
The match was Somerset captain Justin Langer's final appearance for the county.
The 38-year-old batsman has retired from first-class cricket following a decorated career that saw him average 45.27 in 105 Tests for Australia.