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Sharks and Sabres eyeing a chance at world glory

TWENTY20 kings Sussex Sharks and Somerset Sabres are preparing to take on the world&rsquo;s best in India this week with the aim of becoming the first-ever Champions League winners.<br /><br />Over &pound;3.6m is up for grabs as 12 teams from the world&rsquo;s biggest cricketing nations lock horns over 23 games for the inaugural prize.<br /><br />Postponed last year following the Mumbai terror attacks, the Champions League finally gets underway today with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on South African provincial side Cape Cobras.<br /><br />The Sharks enter the tournament as domestic Twenty20 Cup winners and compete in Group B along with Australians New South Wales Blue and South Africans Diamond Eagles.<br /><br />Runners-up, the Sabres, take on IPL champions Deccan Chargers and Trinidad &amp; Tobago in Group A.<br /><br />The 12 teams are divided into four groups of three with the top two qualifying for the second phase where they enter two groups of four.<br /><br />The top two then enter the semi-finals with the final taking place on 23 October at Hyperabad.