The New South Wales Blues have powered to the top of this months jackpotCity.com Power Rankings after clinching the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League title in India.
The Blues who had won last years Big Bash title in Australia powered to a 41 run victory over Trinidad and Tobago. The Blues showed their class throughout the two week tournament and were only outclassed on one occasion.
Their defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in the group stages will be remembered for a brutal show of power hitting from Kieron Pollard who smashed 54 runs from just 18 balls to set up the win.
Captained by Simon Katich the Blues we able to call on the international experience of openers David Warner
and Phil Hughes. Their bowling attack was even more impressive with Bret Lee, Stuart Clark and Nathan Hauritz all taking wickets at vital moment.
Trinidad and Tobago who entered the Champions League as one of the favorites to leave after the group stages experienced a fairy tale journey all the way to the final. Lead by the experienced Darren Ganga Trinidad up set the odds beating Somerset and Deccan to win Group A.
Dubbed the calypso kings by the local Indian media Trinidad soon attracted local support by playing there own brand of Twenty20 cricket believing in their own ability whilst dispatching their opponents bowlers to all parts of the ground.
The Deccan Chargers had a tournament to forget. The defending IPL Champions were surprisingly dumped out of the group stages after losing to the Somerset Sabres and Trinidad and Tobago.
The image of the IPL was tarnished with the Chargers, Challengers and Daredevils failing to impress.
Speedblitz Blues (AUS)
The Blues were in a different class during the Champions League. Their only loss was down to the individual brilliance of Kieron Pollard
Trinidad and Tobago (WI)
The calypso kings fairy tale journey was only stopped by the Blues in the Final. They added excitement to a sometimes dull Champions League
Victorian Bushrangers (AUS)
The Bushrangers were blown away in their Semi Final against the Blues but they never wobbled at any point up until them
Cape Cobras (SA)
The Cobras were dealt a blow on the eve of the Champions League losing Graeme Smith but Boeta Dippenaar scored the runs to help the Cobras reach the semis
Deccan Chargers (IPL)
It all went wrong for the IPL champs, defeats against Somerset and Trindad saw the Chargers dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages.
Bangalore Challengers (IPL)
The Challengers ended the Champions League as the best ranked IPL team thanks to victory over the Daredevils in the Super Eights
Sialkot Stallions (PAK)
Thanks to the political tension between India and Pakistan the Stallions sat out the Champions League
Delhi Daredevils (IPL)
The Daredevils will want to forget this years Champions League. Their only meaningful victory was over a poor Wayamba Eleven
Chennai Super Kings (IPL)
Inconsistency was a big factor for the Super Kings during this years IPL and the main reason why they weren't in this months Champions League
Somerset Sabres (ENG)
The Sabres beat the Chargers but lost their 3 other games. Justin Langer was out of form and Marcus Trescothick was out of sorts before returning home early
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