We played terrible cricket, says Alviro Petersen after CLT20 final defeat to Sydney Sixers ? Cricket News Update
After being comprehensively beaten by the Sydney Sixers in their final match of the 2012 Champions League T20, Lions? skipper Alviro Petersen conceded that it was their worst showing in the tournament.
While both sides came into the finale at the back of wins, it was the Lions who had surprised the most with their relentlessness, beating top sides like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.
Winning the toss, Haddin decided to ask the Lions to bat first, a decision that paid well after Sydney opened with spinners. Steve O?Keefe and Nathan McCullum brought down the openers, well complimented by Josh Hazlewood, as the Lions? top-four struggled for breathing space. The side eventually crumbled to 121, a target chased easily by Michael Lumb and skipper Haddin, bringing a close to the match well before time.
Disappointed with the performance, Petersen said, ?We just played some terrible cricket. We kept our worst game for last.?
However, the skipper did realise that coming so far into the tournament was an achievement in itself, especially given the lack of support the Lions had initially. ?I can't be [angry] because at the start of this tournament if someone said we would play in the final, I would have told them we are smelling their socks.?
While the top-four were dismal, managing to accumulate a total of 8 runs between themselves, the Lions did resist, with Sohail Tanvir, Thami Tsolekile and Dwain Pretorius adding a couple double-figures as Jean Symes racked up a fifty on the other end. While the middle-order was able to take the tally to 121, it was never enough against the Sixers. ?At one stage, it looked like we could get to 140 and then we could have competed,? said Petersen.
Sydney?s Michael Lumb ended up being the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 82, while their pacer Mitchell Starc was the Player of the Series for his 14 wickets in the tournament.
Despite having beaten the odds and reaching the final, the Lions were disappointed to lose out on the trophy ? as expressed by Petersen, ?We're obviously disappointed to go out like this.?