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CLT20: Sydney crush Yorkshire by 8 wkts

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Oct 16, 2012 at 08:12pm IST

Cape Town: Australian side Sydney Sixers notched their second consecutive win in the Champions League Twenty20 with a dominating eight-wicket win over Yorkshire of England here on Tuesday. Sydney Sixers, who beat Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings in their first match, had little difficulty chasing down Yorkshire's score of 96 for 9.

Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin put together a 78-run stand off 42 balls with Englishman Michael Lumb as the Sixers scored 98 for 2 in just 8.5 overs. Young pacer Mitchell Starc impressed with figures of 3 for 22.

Yorkshire, who elected to bat, got off to a rollicking start as former Australian opener Phil Jaques (21) hit some early boundaries. But the joy for the English team was shortlived as the Sydney bowlers came back strongly. Jaques' wicket in the seventh over started Yorkshire's downfall. Joe Root, who was the top-scorer for his team with 25 off 24 balls fell to Moises Henriques with the score on 62 in the 13th over. From thereon in, Yorkshire could manage only 32 runs in eight overs, losing six wickets.

CLT20: Sydney crush Yorkshire by 8 wickets

After limiting Yorkshire to 96, Haddin and Lumb's cameos helped Syndey Sixers race to the target in 8.5 overs.

Shane Watson (11), who will soon be returning home to train with the Australia's national side, failed to fire with the bat but chipped in with two wickets. Watson's wicket must have given Yorkshire some hope but Haddin's whirlwind innings put those to rest. Haddin (41) was the main aggressor and was well supported by Lumb (43 not out). Lumb finished the match in style hitting Azeem Rafiq for two consecutive fours.

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