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Williamson Ton Sets Up Knights Victory

Kane Williamson hits out
Kane Williamson (right) struck a brilliant century for Northern Districts
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Northern Districts Knights 206-5 beat
Cape Cobras 44-2 by 33 runs (D/L)
Champions League T20 Group A, Raipur

Kane Williamson cracked a 48-ball century before Northern Districts Knights beat Cape Cobras by 33 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in Group A of the Champions League T20 2014.

Williamson's unbeaten 101 in 49 balls steered the New Zealand side to an imposing score of 206 for five.

He shared a 140-run stand for the opening wicket with Anton Devcich (67) on his way to the quickest century in the tournament's history.

Trent Boult then bowled Stiaan van Zyl with the first ball of the reply and when rain stopped play, Cobras had reached 44 for two in 7.2 overs.

That left them well behind the Duckworth/Lewis par score and with no further play possible, Knights took a convincing win.

Williamson, who scored a brace of half-centuries to help his side qualify for the main event, was in imperious form, hitting eight fours and five sixes against a bowling attack which included six current or former internationals.

Devcich's 67 came from 45 balls and after they were finally prised apart in the 14th over, BJ Watling made 32 in 20 balls.

Northern Districts losts two wickets in three balls and then three in four as they pushed on, but having set themselves such a platform, they could afford the luxury of hitting out or getting out.

And as his team-mates perished, Williamson hit out to superb effect, reaching his century in the final over.

Charl Langeveldt and Vernon Philander both took two wickets for the Cobras.

Boult then conjured up a brute of a delivery to begin the Knights' defence that swung past van Zyl's bat and crashed into the stumps.

Hashim Amla counter-attacked with 20 in 14 balls before he was caught by Daryl Mitchell off Scott Kuggeleijn.

And the South Africans were making slow progress, Robin Peterson not out on 17 and Omphile Ramela unbeaten on four when rain arrived to cut short proceedings.

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