Result
3rd Match, Raipur, Sep 19 2014, Group B (N), Champions League Twenty20
206/5
(7.2/7.2 ov, target 78)
44/2
Northern D won by 33 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Northern Districts
1y
• The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Williamson ton crushes Cobras

Kane Williamson showed off his increasing proficiency in the format with a maiden T20 century as Cobras were overwhelmed in a rain-hit game

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
Northern Districts206/5(20 overs)
Cape Cobras44/2(7.2 overs)

11.25pm And that is that, all you cricket fans of the universe. This match is over, forever, and it's never coming back. But there's still a long way to go in this tournament, and make sure you tune into our ball-by-ball coverage of all the matches. Until then, it's ta ta from me and Sanjay.

11.20pm Presentation time. Justin Ontong: "Fantastic opening stand, and a fantastic innings by Kane, put us on the back foot right from the start. It didn't help that we didn't take the half chances. We just need to go back to the drawing board and come back strongly next game."

Daniel Flynn: "Bit of luck with the weather, we just managed to get the overs in, but fantastic innings from Kane. It was great to watch. They [openers] did it in the last game as well, and long may it continue. We tried to be calculated, and we have been fortunate in the last few games that it's gone our way."

Kane Williamson is the man of the match. "It's nice to contribute like that today," he says, modestly. "We had a bit of luck at the start with balls falling into gaps, and it was great batting with Anton. I suppose it has to be [my standout T20 innings] and it was nice to bat through. Always trying to work on my shots and hit the balls into the gaps and adapting to different conditions. It's great to have four wins in a row and play at the same ground and be reasonably familiar with it."

11.15pm The players are lining up in a narrow corridor under the stands to shake hands. It's still raining pretty heavily here, and I assume they'll do the presentation indoors, whenever that is.

Ankur: "No doubt about the game at hand, but I remain largely unconvinced by use of DL in T20 encounters. Would it have predicted the last 2 games, KKR 51/5 or KXI 51/4 would easily win the game?" It isn't a predictive tool, Ankur. All it does is reflect the match situation at the time of the stoppage.

11.10pm And that is that. The match has been called off, and Northern Knights have won by 33 runs (D/L method). Thanks for alerting me, everyone!

The result was never in doubt, even if they had managed to get the players back on the field. Knights have outplayed Cobras today. It definitely looked like one team had played three matches almost back-to-back at this stadium and the other was both rusty and unused to the conditions. Williamson was unstoppable, Devcich and Watling did their bit, and a lot of the Cobras bowling was very ordinary.

11.00pm I know you won't want to hear this, but we are as clueless as you are about the situation at the ground at the moment. We'll update you as soon as we have any information. And feel free to point me to any news you may chance upon on Twitter or suchlike.

SachIsLife: "Also, I have been wanting to ask this. How does Ish Sodhi, with a FC bowling average of 47 get to play for NZ? What am i missing?"

Well, having watched him bowl during the Test series in West Indies, Sodhi is one of those legspinners who bowls quite a few good, threatening-looking deliveries but isn't very consistent with his direction. He's still only 21, and New Zealand look at him as a long-term prospect. He definitely looks promising to me, but yeah, it isn't ideal for a legspinner to be learning his craft at the highest level. Given the depth (or lack of depth) of spin talent in New Zealand, this is the best they can do. I hope he can fulfil his potential.

10.45pm The official CLT20 account has tweeted this (more than ten minutes ago, actually): "The players are off the field and the groundsmen are at work...This rain has turned heavy with a stroke of lightning in the sky."

Northern Knights, meanwhile, have retweeted someone named Anand Subramaniam, who is at the ground: "The heavens have well and truly opened up...One section of the crowd going bonkers with their dance moves."

Riad: "All went wrong to COB as they have already seen rain is coming. Why they are not aware of D/L ? The way Robin and Amla batted , it looks like they are not chasing, just to build the innings after 1st wicket. very poor thinking."

You're forgetting that batsmen can only play as well as the bowlers allow them to. That's true even in T20, if to a smaller extent. Boult and Southee were swinging it around and bowling pretty well, so it's been difficult for the Cobras batsmen.

stranger: "How many overs should be completed before the match can be decided on Duckworth Lewis?" Five overs, so we already have a completed game if rain washes this out.

Kashif Naseer: "I was about to say that it seems like scott kuggeleijn is the only weekness in knights bowling line up but then he immediately took Amla's wicket :D My comment surely was lucky for him :)" Are you sure you were going to say that?

10.25pm and on come the covers. The groundstaff are positively rushing in. The rain's become steadily heavier over the last four or five balls. The D/L par score at this point is 84, and Cobras are nowhere near it. Wait. The electronic scoreboard is saying the D/L par score is 77. Not sure which figure is correct.

7.2
1
Sodhi to Ramela, 1 run
length ball, and he goes on the back foot to work that away from the stumps towards deep midwicket
7.1
Sodhi to Ramela, no run
short, wide, but he can't quite time that cut. Chops it down towards backward point

Sodhi comes on to bowl some legspin

end of over 75 runs
COBRA: 43/2CRR: 6.14 • RRR: 105.00
Omphile Ramela3 (3)
Robin Peterson17 (24)
Scott Styris2-0-13-0
Scott Kuggeleijn1-0-11-1
6.6
1
Styris to Ramela, 1 run
full-toss outside off, and he punches this down to long-off
6.5
1
Styris to Peterson, 1 run
on the pads again, worked away wide of mid-on

Just as I said that, it's gotten a little heavier

6.4
1
Styris to Ramela, 1 run
slower ball again, another one of those offcutters, and he clips it away towards wide mid-on

There's a steady drizzle, but it's very mild. Just a spray

6.3
1
Styris to Peterson, 1 run
another slower ball, on middle and leg, tucked away to the left of midwicket
6.2
Styris to Peterson, no run
on the pads, another slower ball, and he can't quite connect with the flick. Hits his pads and rolls away into the leg side
6.1
1
Styris to Ramela, 1 run
shortish slower ball, and he pulls it away to deep midwicket

Ramela is the new man

end of over 611 runs • 1 wicket
COBRA: 38/2CRR: 6.33 • RRR: 30.00
Robin Peterson15 (21)
Scott Kuggeleijn1-0-11-1
Scott Styris1-0-8-0
5.6
w
Kuggeleijn to Amla, OUT
they have the big wicket! It's on the pads again, not the best ball he'll ever bowl, but he's flicked it airily and picked out the man at deep midwicket
HM Amla c sub (BS Wilson) b Kuggeleijn 20 (24m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 142.85
5.5
2
Kuggeleijn to Amla, 2 runs
short, a bit of width, and point did well to dive to his right and get a hand to that square cut
5.4
4
Kuggeleijn to Amla, FOUR runs
walks across the stumps this time, and Kuggeleijn is too straight. Flicked away over short fine leg, brilliant wristwork
5.3
4
Kuggeleijn to Amla, FOUR runs
makes a bit of room and looks to carve it over cover. Doesn't quite get hold of it but it goes in pretty much the intended direction, to the right of the fielder at cover
5.2
1
Kuggeleijn to Peterson, 1 run
again he hasn't read the slower ball. It's much straighter this time, and he inside-edges it into his pads as he tries to pull that over midwicket, and it runs away towards point
5.1
Kuggeleijn to Peterson, no run
slower ball, angled across, and he swats through the line and sends it dribbling away towards mid-on

Scott Kuggeleijn

end of over 58 runs
COBRA: 27/1CRR: 5.4 • RRR: 21.85
Robin Peterson14 (19)
Hashim Amla10 (10)
Scott Styris1-0-8-0
Tim Southee2-0-10-0
4.6
1
Styris to Peterson, 1 run
this one left him a touch as he looked to push it to mid-off off the front foot, and he ends up poking it into the covers off the outside half of the bat
4.5
2
Styris to Peterson, 2 runs
attempted switch-hit, slogs across the line of this straight length ball, and the top edge loops high over the keeper's head
4.4
Styris to Peterson, no run
tucked away off the pads, straight to square leg
4.3
1
Styris to Amla, 1 run
a bit more width, but he can't beat point with that slash
Best performances - batsmen
KS Williamson
101 runs (49)
8 fours
5 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
flick
21 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
14149812141812
AP Devcich
67 runs (46)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
16836651112
Best performances - bowlers
CK Langeveldt
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
2
Eco
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
VD Philander
O
4
M
0
R
39
W
2
Eco
9.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
TossCape Cobras , elected to field first
SeriesChampions League Twenty20 2014
Player Of The Match
Kane Williamson
Season2014/15
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days19 September 2014 - night match (20-over match)
Twenty20 debut
Mitchell Santner
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Anil Chaudhary
TV Umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
Pashchim Pathak
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsNorthern Districts 4, Cape Cobras 0