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Sharks blown away by Blues bowlers


The New South Wales Blues cruised to an easy 35 run victory over the Sussex Sharks to become the second team to qualify for the Champions League super eights stage.

Moises Henriques's stellar all-round show guided New South Wales Blues to the Super Eight stage of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament as the Australian side beat Sussex Sharks comfortably by 35 runs in a Group B match on Sunday.

NSW, thus, became the second team to qualify for the next stage after Cape Cobras, who made it to the last eight league round after defeating Otago Volts.

Henriques smashed a 33-ball unbeaten 51 and in the company of Phillip Hughes, who batted superbly for his unbeaten 64-ball 61 helped NSW reach a modest 130 for two after opting to bat.

Henriques then picked up three wickets for 23 runs from his four overs to shape NSW's win.

Opener Chris Nash (24 off 30) was the lone bright spot in Sussex batting line-up but he too crumbled under pressure when his side needed him most.

Defending a modest 130, in-form Brett Lee gave a dream start to NSW as he struck in the first over of the innings, cleaning up stand-in skipper Sussex skipper Ed Joyce for a duck.

Without their inspirational captain Michael Yardy, who didn't play the match due to illness, the Sussex batsmen found life difficult against the pace duo of Lee and Doug Bollinger as they could manage only 12 runs of the first four overs.

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