Northern Districts Hammer Lahore Lions
Northern Districts 170-6 (Flynn 53, Watling 53) beat
Lahore Lions 98 (Southee 3-22) by 72 runs
CLT20 2014 Qualifier, Raipur
Northern Districts put themselves within touching distance of the main event by thrashing the Lahore Lions by 72 runs in game three of the Champions League T20 2014 in Raipur.
The New Zealand side made it two wins in two days with an utterly dominant display, scoring 170 for six and then bowling Lahore out for just 98.
They were left reeling at 19 for five and despite a defiant half-century from Saad Nasim they were dismissed for less than 100, unable to follow up their own win over the Mumbai Indians with a second victory.
Northern Districts, who beat Southern Express by seven wickets in their opening match, were thankful of the twin half-centuries from Flynn and Watling after Anton Devcich (9), Kane Williamson (14) and Daniel Harris (20) had all got in but failed to kick on.
Flynn made 53 in 30 balls and Watling 53 in 37 before Scott Styris (14) added late runs to power them up to a winning score.
Lahore were poor in the field although Aizaz Cheema (3-35) produced an excellent final over which just about kept them in the game.
Asif Raza, Adnan Rasool and Mohammad Hafeez also picked up a wicket apiece.
Then, the experience and guile of Southee and Boult quickly put Northern Districts in an unassailable position with ball in hand.
Southee produced a fine yorker to bowl Nasir Jamshed (2), had his opening partner Ahmed Shehzad caught behind for the same score and removed Hafeez for five.
Boult bowled Umar Akmal (1) and trapped Umar Siddiq in front for three as the Pakistanis slipped to 19 for five.
A sign that everything was going the way of the New Zealanders came when Raza was brilliantly caught by a combination of Southee and Harris on the boundary, the former taking the ball as it headed over the ropes and throwing it back in play for the latter to claim.
It was touch and go as to whether the catch would be given owing to the proximity of Southee's boot to the boundary markers but given it was, and onwards ND progressed.
However, they finally met some resistance from Nasim, who hit four fours and a six in his 58 in 40 balls - scoring more than half of his side's runs before he was run out at the end of the 18th over.
By then, Wahab Riaz (2), Imran Ali (8) and Rasool (4) had already fallen, leaving Cheema unbeaten on two as a stunning victory was completed.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi picked up two for 30 and Styris one for 20.
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