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Lee inspires Blues to Champions League title

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New South Wales Blues won the inaugural Champions League Twenty20
  • Brett Lee inspired the Blues to a 41-run victory over Trinidad & Tobago
  • Australia paceman Lee hit 48 to help the Blues reach 159/9 in their innings
  • Lee then took 2-10 as Trinidad & Tobago were bowled out for 118 in 15.5 overs
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(CNN) -- Brett Lee starred with bat and ball as New South Wales Blues stunned Trinidad & Tobago to win the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 final in Hyderabad by 41 runs.

Trinidad & Tobago appeared to be on top after seamers Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo put them in a strong position and the Blues looked like they could have been dismissed for under 100.

Blues' openers David Warner and Phil Hughes, who had been the best opening pair in the tournament, both failed which put the Australian side on the back foot.

Warner had started to settle into his customary aggressive role when he lost Hughes - bowled by Rampaul for just three -- before he then fell himself when he was caught by Dave Mohammed off Bravo.

Steven Smith made a valuable 33 but it was Lee who rescued the innings with a superb 48, which included five sixes, as he hauled NSW past the 150-run mark before he was dismissed off the final delivery of the innings, attempting to reach his half-century with another big shot off Rampaul.

Lee then took over with the ball as Trinidad & Tobago struggled to chase down NSW's 159/9.

The Australia paceman dislodged opener William Perkins for a second-ball duck before taking a stunning return catch to get rid of Lendl Simmons.

Leg-spinner Smith, who shared the new ball with Lee, claimed Adrian Barath in his first over and then Daren Ganga to end a fifth-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin, just when the pair were beginning to look dangerous.

T&T's remaining hopes rested with Kieron Pollard, who had destroyed NSW in a group match, and he hit three sixes in a 15-ball 26 before he hold out to Lee at long-off.

The Caribbean side needed 47 from the last five overs, but New South Wales struck blows in quick succession to finish the contest early as Lee took 2-10 and Stuart Clark 3-21 to dismiss their opponents for 118 in 15.5 overs.