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Lee stars with the bat, leads Blues to 159

New South Wales discovered a batting hero in Brett Lee whose stunning 48 guided the Australians to 159 for nine against Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League Twenty20 final.

Put into bat, NSW never really got going with Ravi Rampaul (3/20) and Dwayne Bravo (2/27) polishing the top order before some poor shot selections did the middle order in.

Down the order, Steven Smith (33), however, refused to throw in the towel and Lee then came up with a 31-ball blitzkrieg, studded with four fours and five sixes, before falling in the last ball of the innings.

David Warner and Phil Hughes have been key to New South Wales' success in the tournament so far but the left-handed opening pair, for once, proved they too had feet of clay.

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