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Northern Districts batsman Kane Williamson blasted his maiden Twenty20 century to help his side annihilate the Cape Cobras by 33 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in Raipur.
Williamson was well supported by opening batsman Anton Devcich, who smashed a spectacular 67.
Cobras captain Justin Ontong would have been regretting his decision to bowl first since Williamson and Devcich amassed a 140-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Devcich was run out by Robin Peterson for 67 off 46 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six.
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Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Ontong at mid-off off the bowling of Vernon Philander for a duck.
Williamson and BJ Watling stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Watling was caught by Stiaan van Zyl off the bowling of Charl Langeveldt for 32.
Langeveldt struck again just three balls later when Scott Styris was caught behind for a golden duck.
Daryl Mitchell was dismissed for a golden duck as well as he was caught by Justin Kemp at extra cover off the bowling of Philander.
Thanks to Williamson’s career-best knock of 101, which came off just 49 balls and included eight boundaries and five sixes, Northern Districts finished on 206/5 off their 20 overs.
Langeveldt and Philander picked up two wickets apiece.
Chasing a mammoth total of 207 to win, the Cobras got off to the worst possible start when van Zyl was clean bowled by Trent Boult off the first ball of the innings.
Hashim Amla managed to make 20 runs before he was caught by Brad Wilson, who was the substitute fielder, at deep midwicket off the bowling of Scott Kuggeleijn.
Midway through the eighth over with the Cobras struggling on 44/2, the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.
With the rain refusing to relent, the match was called off and the Northern Districts were declared winners via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Boult and Kuggeleijn claimed one wicket each.
Ontong was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “Fantastic opening stand, and a fantastic innings by Kane. He 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.”
Flynn was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “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.”
Williamson was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s nice to contribute like that today. 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.”