Knights trample Cobras in rain-affected game

The Northern Knights continued their great run of form at the Champions League T20, having qualified against expectations and then beating the Cobras by 33 runs in their first group match of the event proper.

The Knights racked up a whopping 206 for five thanks to a blistering Kane Williamson century, and then the Cobras were well below par before the rain arrived, and the game ended in the eighth over with the South Africans 33 runs behind the Duckworth Lewis score of 78.

The New Zealanders were put in to bat by the Capetonians, much to their delight as Williamson and Anton Devcich set about dismantling a bowling attack featuring three Proteas players, including Vernon Philander.

They put on 140 runs in little more than 13 overs, before Devcich was out for 67, run out by Robin Peterson. Williamson brought up his ton in 48 balls, just two more than Devcich faced in his knock.

The blonde all-rounder, though banned from bowling at the moment, was ruthless, smashing five sixes and eight fours, while BJ Watling added a nifty 32 at the other end. Dan Flynn, Scott Styris, and Daryl Mitchell would have been gutted to miss out, all three for ducks.

The 200-plus score was always going to be very tricky, but the CObras did not help themselves, losing Stiaan van Zyl and Hashim AMla early on, and then Peterson batting at Test pace for his 17 runs before the rain arrived.

The score then was 44 for two after 7.2 overs, and once the par scores were calculated, and the Cobras should really have been on 78 to win, the Knights added four points to their win column.