Final (N), Hyderabad (Deccan), Oct 23 2009, Champions League Twenty20
(15.5/20 ov, target 160)118
NSW won by 41 runs
Player Of The Match
48 (31), 2/10 & 2 catches
Player Of The Series
48 runs • 8 wkts
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Blues cash in on Twenty20 riches

The New South Wales players aren't so concerned about their bank balances after winning US$2.5m for taking out the Champions League Twenty20

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Scorecard summary
New South Wales159/9(20 overs)
Brett Lee48 (31)
Steven Smith33 (26)
Trinidad & Tobago118/10(15.5 overs)
Stuart Clark3/21(3.5)
Brett Lee2/10(2)

Congratulations NSW. They're all whooping and screaming in celebration and why not? They've been a form team along with T&T all tournament and won this game hands down. They were hurt by T&T but Lee's 48 proved match-winning. It also spurred him on to bowl a fiery opening spell in which he took two wickets, then he held the crucial catch of Pollard last over. Surely Lee is the Man of the Match.

Sad end to what has been a fascinating campaign by T&T. They played wonderful cricket all throughout and stumbled when it most mattered. Fans in the Caribbean have every reason to be proud of this team though. Five wins in a row was something. There were many heroes along the way but today nobody really put in that performance. T&T have been beaten by 41 runs.

The man who did was an Australian, and a champ at that. It was Lee's match.

Sean: "The difference in the fielding of NSW compared to the Cobras has been a huge factor in this victory!" Well said. It was excellent fielding today from NSW.

Dave: "Sweet sweet revenge for the blues after pollard freakishly took the match away from them last time. What a clinical bowling performance! Best bowling side all competition, love to know the average score against them comparatively."

The NSW team are doing a lap of honor. Sections of the crowd are doing 'The Ayatollah' in respect.

Well, folks, some final that was. NSW beating T&T in Hyderabad. Welcome to Twenty20 cricket.

Kaushik: "So Australian teams currently hold the World Cup, Champions Trophy and the Champions League titles. The IPL champions of the last two years were captained by retired Aussies. And all this in a time of decline for them!! Watch out for them in the World T20 next year at the West Indies."

Katich looks a very pleased man. Kudos to him. The teams are set for the post-match ceremony.

Lee is the Man of the Match. He will speak later. And Lee comes back to pick up the Man of the Series. "I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to T&T and shukriya to all the fans. I knew if I stuck around we'd get some runs. We aimed at 130-140 but got 160 on the board. It's a great win for the boys. I'm confident the way the ball is coming out. Playing pain-free is a nice feeling."

Ganga: "It was a good run for us and all credit to NSW. We cracked under pressure. A lot people are disappointed but that is how it goes. A lot of people back home are proud of us. Thanks to the Indian fans for supporting us. We have memories of the support and the fans and this will make a huge difference to the guys, and will inspire many players back in the Caribbean."

Katich collects a check for US$2.5million. That's some change, eh? "A very proud moment. Congratulations to T&T, who showed what they're worth. Thanks for a great final. Brett Lee and Steven Smith were great with the bat and then everyone chipped in. We created opportunities and the guys fielded brilliantly. The opportunity to play on the world stage has been fantastic. Its been invaluable for the young guys." And with that Katich and the teams lift the trophy and thoroughly enjoy the moment. Great scenes.

So that is it from all of us. The inaugural Champions League Twenty20 is over. Hope you've enjoyed our coverage. We have a day's break between live matches but do come back and join us Sunday for the first of seven ODIs between India and Australia. As always, its been a pleasure bringing you the live ball-by-ball commentary. On behalf of Sanjay and Raghav and the rest at Cricinfo, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Bye for now!

Clark to Mohammed, OUT

all over, NSW have won the Champions League! Mohammed backs away and slices it over cover and Hughes runs in and takes it low to the grass

Dave Mohammed c Hughes b Clark 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50

One wicket to go. What a game NSW have played.

Clark to Stewart, OUT

good catch, goooood catch! Its Henriques running behind and to his left from midwicket, keeping his eyes on that mistimed slog across the line, takes the ball and falls over but doesn't let it slip out

Navin Stewart c Henriques b Clark 4 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
Clark to Stewart, no run

slower ball outside off, big swing and a miss

Ben: "Where all those T & T fans who kept saying that NSW would need at least 200 to win the game? I haven't heard from you in a while?"

Clark to Stewart, FOUR runs

full on the stumps, superb straight drive back past mid-on for four

Clark to Mohammed, 1 run

full and straight, he backs away and drives it back past the stumps

end of over 1515 runs • 2 wickets
T&T: 113/8CRR: 7.53 RRR: 9.40
Navin Stewart0 (0)
Nathan Hauritz 2-0-23-2
Stuart Clark 3-0-16-1

It indeed was the turning over. Expensive but two wickets. Massive blow for T&T.

Hauritz to Pollard, OUT

and he's gone! Is that the match? Hauritz flights it up more, Pollard again goes for that big shot down the ground but mistimes it, its up in the air for some time and when it comes down its into Lee's calm palms in front of the ropes at long-on

Kieron Pollard c Lee b Hauritz 26 (15b 0x4 3x6) SR: 173.33
Hauritz to Pollard, SIX runs

hell, that is a massive hit! Wow! Pollard just dismisses that into the third tier over long-on, murderous shot that

Six, free hit, wicket ... Hauritz won't mind because he's taken a wicket. Seven down.

Hauritz to Ganga, OUT

and Ganga swings a full toss out to a sliding Henriques at deep midwicket!

Sherwin Ganga c Henriques b Hauritz 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42
Hauritz to Pollard, 1 run

goes back to leg stump and swings the ball with the turn, over midwicket and drops safe, Smith collects in the deep

Hauritz to Pollard, (no ball) SIX runs

that is a big hit! Hauritz tosses it up, Pollard smites that way back over long-off, its a no-ball to boot!

Hauritz to Ganga, 1 run

skips out and flicks against the turn, going over midwicket's head

Hauritz to Ganga, no run

tossed up and turns the ball away from off stump, Ganga goes for a big heave and misses, Smith collects and breaks the stumps but the verdict is not out

Hauritz back into the attack ... this could be a turning over either way.

end of over 145 runs • 1 wicket
T&T: 98/6CRR: 7.00 RRR: 10.33
Sherwin Ganga4 (4)
Kieron Pollard13 (11)
Stuart Clark 3-0-16-1
Doug Bollinger 4-0-27-1
Clark to Ganga, 1 run

just short of a length and he mistimes the flat-batted shot past midwicket

Clark to Pollard, 1 run

slower ball on leg stump, turned just past square leg

Clark to Ganga, 1 run

good ball just outside off and he punches it neatly to cover

Clark to Ganga, 2 runs

fuller ball and he clips against the swing over square leg

Clark to Ganga, no run

short ball first up, Ganga flinches as the ball goes on

In walks Sherwin Ganga. Its 93 for 6, folks. Katich is active in setting his field.

Clark to Ramdin, OUT

good catch at gully! Ramdin likes playing this shot and he perishes to it as well, just not getting the steer wide of Steven Smith who dives forward and holds on

Denesh Ramdin c SPD Smith b Clark 16 (23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.56

Clark back into the attack ...

end of over 1317 runs
T&T: 93/5CRR: 7.15 RRR: 9.57
Denesh Ramdin16 (22)
Kieron Pollard12 (10)
Doug Bollinger 4-0-27-1
Steven Smith 4-0-32-2
Bollinger to Ramdin, 1 run

short of a length, Ramdin allows the ball come onto him and then pushes it to cover, sprints down the other end and finishes with a dive to make his crease

Bollinger to Pollard, 1 run

change of pace, fuller in length, brings Pollard onto the front foot and he sensibly dabs the ball in front of point and calls the quick single

Long-on and long-off go back ...

Best performances - batters
Brett Lee player pic
48 runs (31)
1 four
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
32 runs
0 four
5 sixes
Steven Smith player portrait
33 runs (26)
2 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
9 runs
0 four
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Ravi Rampaul
R Rampaul T&T
Stuart Clark, player portrait
SR Clark NSW
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
TossTrinidad & Tobago, elected to field first
SeriesChampions League Twenty20
Player Of The Match
Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Player Of The Series
Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Series resultNew South Wales won the 2009/10 Champions League Twenty20
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days23 October 2009 - night (20-over match)
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Amiesh Saheba
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Sundaram Ravi
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Srinivas Venkataraghavan
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