Klinger gatecrashes South African party to tame Lions

CENTURION, September 12, 2010 (AFP) – Michael Klinger gatecrashed a South African party at the Champions League Twenty20 tournament on Sunday and led South Australia Redbacks to a 11-run victory over Highveld Lions. Skipper Klinger and Callum Ferguson added 97 runs for the third wicket as the slow-starting Redbacks finished with a run flourish to amass 178-6 off 20 overs before a large crowd at sun-drenched SuperSport Park.

Lions, shock conquerors of Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians in the first match on Friday, lost opener Jonathan Vandiar just four balls into the innings and only captain Alviro Petersen passed 50 in a 167-8 tally.

The party-pooping Redbacks halted a good start by South African franchises in the 16-day extravaganza with Eastern Cape Warriors proving far too strong for Wayamba Elevens of Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“In a cut-throat competition like the Champions League it’s fantastic to make a winning start, but we have a tough road ahead with matches in Durban against Mumbai and Bangalore,” admitted Klinger.

Petersen said: “Congratulations to the Redbacks as they played the better cricket. We lost too many wickets and someone needed to stay with me longer. But we ar