McCullum stars in Sixers final win
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 7:51a.m.
New Zealand spin bowler Nathan McCullum paved the way as the Sydney Sixers hammered South Africa's Highveld Lions by 10 wickets to win the final of the Champions League T20 in Johannesburg.
McCullum claimed a wicket with the fourth ball of the innings and ended with figures of 3-24 off four overs as the Lions were dismissed for a paltry 121.
The Sydney side cruised to 124 without losing a wicket and with 45 balls to spare as Michael Lumb plundered 82 off 42 balls and captain Brad Haddin reached 37.
McCullum will share in the winning cheque of $US2.5 million ($NZ3.04 million) after a performance which belied his output in the semi-final defeat of South African side the Titans on Saturday.
The Otago left-arm spinner wasn't used with the ball and he scored a golden duck against the Titans so it was a surprise when Haddin called on him to open the attack in the final.
Lions opener Gulam Bodi lofted the third ball for six but he was caught in the deep off the next delivery.
From there the Lions slumped to 5-32 off the first seven overs and never recovered despite a spirited knock from Jean Symes (51 off 46).
Lumb and Haddin started the chase slowly registering just eight off the first three overs and 33 off the opening six. But the Lions' total never looked like being enough and the Sixers raced away to complete an unbeaten run at the tournament.
While the Lions didn't rise to the occasion, Haddin said his players knew they would.
"That was the sort of performance we have been building to for the past two weeks," he said.
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