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Northern Districts Win Curtailed CLT20 Opener

Kane Williamson hits out
Kane Williamson hit 52 not out in 29 balls as Northern Districts beat Southern Express
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Northern Districts 96-3 (Williamson 52no) beat
Southern Express 92-5 by seven wickets
CLT20 2014 Qualifier, Raipur

New Zealand's Northern Districts beat Sri Lanka's Southern Express by seven wickets after the first game of the Champions League T20 2014 Qualifier was reduced to 10 overs per side due to rain.

After lengthy delays, the match finally got underway and despite shelling five catches in the first six overs of the match, Northern Districts won with three balls to spare.

Southern Express posted a score of 92 for five before Northern Districts scored 40 runs in the three-over Power Play and met their target in the final over.

Southern Express openers Kusal Perera (37 in 20 balls) and Danuskha Gunathilaka (39 in 26) took advantage of woeful fielding to put on 55 for the first wicket before momentum was lost.

Trent Boult grabbed a couple of wickets and held a catch as Seekkuge Prasanna (7), Jehan Mubarak (1) and Angelo Perera (1) all fell cheaply.

Boult finished with two for 12, Tim Southee one for 20 and Scott Styris one for 18.

Williamson and Anton Devcich then thrashed 40 runs from the first three overs before Devcich fell for 14 to Farveez Maharoof.

And although the Sri Lankans also managed to remove Daniel Flynn, caught by Kusal Perera off Dilruwan Perera for 14, by the time Maharoof bowled Williamson for 52 in 29 balls, the damage had largely been done.

Daniel Harris (10 not out) and Styris (4 not out) applied the finishing touches, meaning Maharoof's excellent figures of two for 14 were in vain.

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