Champions League T20

NSW advance to Super Eights

2009-10-11 17:42
Moises Henriques (AFP)
Delhi - An all-round performance from New South Wales’ Moises Henriques enabled them to beat the Sussex Sharks by 35 runs in their Champions League Twenty20 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi, on Sunday, and advance to the Super Eights stage of the tournament.

Defending a modest target of 131, the Blues outfit never allowed the Sussex batsmen to settle on a low and slow pitch.

Wickets fell with monotonous regularity, and the English champions could not put together a partnership of substance evident in their below-par score of 95 for eight.

Man-of-the-match Henriques personified the disciplined NSW attack, finishing with 3/23.

After the match, he commented, "We have to stay flexible in the batting order. I just tried to play on the front foot."

Stand-in captain, Ed Joyce, was quite specific, "We didn't hit enough boundaries. We will be looking at out batting line-up in the next game against Eagles."

Earlier, opting to bat first, New South Wales struggled to come to terms with the pitch, and the two wickets they lost stemmed directly from this frustration.

David Warner (14) tried a quick single, and was found wanting when Dwayne Smith – having only one stump to aim at – hit the stumps directly.

Daniel Smith (2) then waltzed down the track to a flighted delivery from Piyush Chawla, trying to negate the bounce, just to find Robin Martin-Jenkins inches from the boundary rope.

The fact that they reached 130 could only be attributed to unbeaten half-centuries from Phillip Hughes and Henriques, putting on 90 runs for the third wicket.

Simon Katich beamed, "Our top order did a fantastic, Steve Smith was outstanding, Lee was fabulous. We wanted to make sure we had our left-right combination correct throughout."


New South Wales Blues: PJ Hughes, DA Warner, SM Katich (capt), MC Henriques, BJ Rohrer, SPD Smith, DLR Smith (wk), B Lee, NM Hauritz, SR Clark, DE Bollinger

Sussex Sharks: EC Joyce (capt), CD Nash, RJ Hamilton-Brown, DR Smith, JS Gatting, PP Chawla, Yasir Arafat, AJ Hodd (wk), RSC Martin-Jenkins, RJ Kirtley, BC Brown


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