Bushrangers get the Blues, crushed by 79 runs
Moises Henriques grabed three wickets as the New South Wales Blues crushed the Victorian Bushrangers by 79 runs to win their Champions League Semi Final with ease.
A ruthless New South Wales breezed into the final of the Champions League Twenty20, steamrolling country cousins Victoria Bushrangers by 79 runs in a grossly lop-sided semifinal on Wednesday.
The NSW side, under Simon Katich, hardly broke a sweat in the all-Australian encounter, first muscling their way to 169 for seven and then unleashing their hungry bowlers who simply singed the Victorians, restricting them to 90 for nine.
Chasing 170, Victoria's pursuit looked doomed with three top order batsmen back in the hut inside three overs and all they could manage was 90 runs for nine in 20 overs with Matthew Wade's unbeaten 23 as the highest individual score.
Earlier, openers David Warner (48) and Phil Hughes (35) added 62 runs inside seven overs as New South Wales posted 169 for seven, a total that could have been even healthier.
Considering NSW's bowling arsenal, it was always going to be a herculean chase but Victoria probably could not imagine that their first six runs would cost them three top order batsmen.
For NSW, Brett Lee began with a maiden over and then returned to cut short Aiden Blizzard's (5) stay in third over.
In between, off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, pressed early into action, struck with his third and fifth deliveries, removing both the scoreless openers - Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge - to set the cat among the Victorian pigeons.