Blues crowned T20 Kings
A match-winning all-round display from Brett Lee saw New South Wales crowned champions of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 24/10/09 12:18pm
Champions Twenty20 League Final
New South Wales 159-9 v Trinidad & Tobago 118
New South Wales beat Trinidad & Tobago by 41 runs
A match-winning all-round display from Brett Lee saw New South Wales crowned champions of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad.
The Aussie pace bowler smashed an innings-saving 48 off just 31 balls before claiming figures of 2-10 to ensure Trinidad & Tobago fell 41 runs short of their 159-9 target.
The Caribbean outfit made a superb start to the final, quick wickets reducing the Blues to 83-6 before Lee entered the fray.
Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo both took two wickets apiece, however Lee's blistering innings - which included five mammoth sixes - propelled Simon Katich's men towards a competitive total.
All-rounder Steven Smith also played his part, the 20-year-old scoring a quickfire 33 during a 49-run stand with Lee.
T&T's hopes of a solid start to their chase were dashed after just the second ball, Lee claiming his ninth wicket of the competition when he clean bowled Travis Perkins.
Katich then made the bold move of opening with leg-spinner Smith, a tactic which paid off when Adrian Barath edged behind for 14.
Lendl Simmons then became Lee's second victim for just four, and when Bravo played on shortly after, T&T were in turmoil on 45-4.
Captain Daren Ganga attempted to stabilise the innings, however Australia internationals Stuart Clark (3-21) and Nathan Hauritz (2-23) picked up wickets to put the Blues firmly in command.
T&T's remaining hopes rested with powerful all-rounder Kieron Pollard, but when he perished for 26 victory was all but sealed.