Another champion effort by Hauritz
NATHAN Hauritz said he was confident he would bowl well for New South Wales during the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India.
Australia's No. 1 spinner was right.
The 28-year-old former Hervey Bay junior cricketer was as good as his word after he helped bowl New South Wales into the final of the mega-rich tournament in Delhi yesterday.
New South Wales beat Victoria by 79-runs in the semi-final to set up a showdown with the winner of today's clash between the Cape Cobras from South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago in Hyderabad.
The winner of the tournament will get $3million for their efforts.
The semi-final victory was one Hauritz, whose parents still live here, played a very different role with the ball to what he normally performs.
The former Cavaliers representative, an off-spinner, shared the new ball with paceman Brett Lee and it proved to be a masterstroke.
Hauritz left Victoria's chase in tatters by removing both openers, Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge, for ducks in the space of three balls in his first over.
After Hauritz had struck early, Victoria could only manage to score nine for 90 in reply to the seven for 169 New South Wales scored, a total in which Hauritz scored one not out.
The explosive way the Twenty20 game is played has made plenty batsmen heroes but Hauritz said he thought bowlers were just as vital.
“The games are often decided in the first six overs if wickets fall,” Hauritz, who now lives in Sydney, said.
If New South Wales win the final it would complete a memorable couple of months for Hauritz after he helped Australia win the Champions Trophy in South Africa just days before arriving in India for this tournament.
“It was fantastic to win the Champions Trophy, but it would be great to win the Champions League given it is the first time it has been held.”