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Cape Town: In a one-sided encounter, Sydney Sixers beat Yorkshire by 8 wickets in their Group B CLT20 fixture at the Newlands cricket ground.
Needing 97 for a victory was never going to be a problem for the Sixers, as Michael Lumb (43*) stayed till the end, bringing up the winning runs with a boundary. Lumb got together for a 78-run partnership with Brad Haddin (41), after Sydney lost Shane Watson early to Ryan Sidebottom. Though Man-of-the-Match Haddin fell towards the end, he had done enough to put his team on track.
The Sixers’ batting display was in stark contrast to the first half of the match. While Sydney took just 53 balls to overhaul the target, Yorkshire looked completely at sea against the Australian side’s bowling, managing a paltry total of 96/9.
After he won the toss and chose to bat first, skipper Andrew Gale was the first to go, bowled while trying the scoop shot. Fellow opener Phil Jaques fell soon after, after Mitchell Starc forced a top edge that flew straight into the hands of deep square leg. The Sixers then did a good job of bottling the opposition, with the scoreboard reading 43/2 after 10 overs.
The Englishmen never really found the accelerator, as Sydney’s pace attack continued to chip away, with batsman after batsman falling, without making a substantial contribution. Mitchell Starc (3/22) finished with the best figures, while Pat Cummins and Shane Watson picked up two wickets each.
It clearly was an easy day in the office for the Sixers, who brought up their second consecutive win of the competition. They will now face the Lions at the same venue on October 18th.