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Get McKenzie out and we’ll be okay: Lumb
Sydney Sixers opener has a simple game plan for their CLT20 final against Lions
Sixers’ opening batsman was panting. “I couldn’t watch that. I just couldn’t watch the last bit there,” he gasped when speaking to clt20.com immediately after the match. “We got stuck in there, went up and down, there were a couple of run-outs. But we made it through and well done to all the boys,” he said, before catching his breath again. “It’s good fun. That was a great game, an awesome game. I’m so happy.”
Lumb has a lot to do with the Sixers’ unbeaten journey to the CLT20 2012 final. With 144 runs at a strike-rate of 139.80, he is their highest run-getter in the tournament so far. He has, time and again, ensured the team of a good platform on which the innings has been built. And he did the same in the semi-final. Chasing 164, Lumb and Steeve O’Keefe imposed themselves on the Titans bowlers with a brisk 54-run opening stand. Lumb scored 33 off 19 balls with six fours and a six.
“We knew the start was important and that Steeve O’Keefe and I had to go hard. It was disappointing that I got out but we did manage to set a bit of platform for the guys coming in.” As for his contribution to the team’s success, Lumb said, “As long as the team is winning, I’m happy.”
The target set for the Sixers was mainly due to Titans’ all-rounder David Wiese. “He batted beautifully and took the game right away from us. We didn’t expect that to come; he played magnificently,” Lumb said of his knock, before admitting the Sixers were taken by surprise with Wiese’s destructive batting.
“It’s a big momentum shift when you’re walking back into the change room with someone from the other team having smoked 61 off 28 balls. You’ve got to get your head down and kick on.”
After soaking in the thrilling win, Lumb pointed out the areas the team needs to sort out before taking the field on Sunday for the final. “We have a few things to work out. Our running between the wickets wasn’t too good tonight.”
Despite the Sixers’ incredible winning streak, Lumb is wary of what awaits them in Johannesburg on Sunday. “We’ve beaten the Lions before, so I’m sure they’ll be out to correct that, on their home ground. It will be tough to go and beat them at the Wanderers, but we’ve done it before and we can do it again.”
And to beat the Lions, this time, for the CLT20 title, Lumb has one simple game plan. “Neil McKenzie. Get him out and we’ll be okay.”