Sydney Sixers vs. Highveld Lions: Recap from Champions League T20 2012 Final

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 28: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Brad Haddin (R) of the Sixers in action during the Karbonn Smart CLT20 Final match between bizhub Highveld Lions and Sydney Sixers at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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There will be a lot of rejoicing in Australia after the Sydney Sixers were able to win their first Champions League Twenty20 title.

The Sixers defeated the Highveld Lions by 10 wickets and capped off a very impressive tournament.

The Sixers' official Twitter account represented all the fans around the world with its excitement:

The Sydney Sixers have done it!! CLT20 Champions for 2012! woohoooo!!!! #smashemsixers

— Sydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) October 28, 2012


With the win, the team earns $2.5 million—the most prize money given out in any single cricket event, according to the Indian Express.

Sydney were one of the 10 teams in the championship after winning last year's Big Bash League. From there, the team swept through Group B in the qualifying stage in dominating fashion. It won all four matches, including against the eventual runner-up.

The squad led all teams in the round with a 1.656 net run rate.

After getting past the Nashua Titans with a two-wicket win, the Sixers once again defeated the Lions in what basically amounted to a road game in South Africa.

This is the second Australian team to win the title in four years after the New South Wales Blues won the inaugural championship in 2009.

Meanwhile, South Africa still has yet to have a winning team, despite hosting the tournament twice.

Michael Lumb won the Golden Bat as the highest run-scorer, and he also won the Man of the Match in the finals. He had 82 runs and a 195.23 batting strike rate, which measures the amount of runs scored per 100 balls faced.

Teammate Mitchell Starc earned the Golden Wicket and Man of the Series. He finished with 14 wickets taken in six matches.

Highveld must be disappointed after losing this important match in front of so many fans, but there still is a lot to look forward to this season. The squad finished second in the MiWay T20 Challenge in South Africa to qualify and will look to improve upon that mark this year.

Overall, this was an exciting tournament from start to finish. Hopefully, fans are treated to a similar level of play every year as the sport continues to grow.