Kane Williamson has proved once again that an orthodox batsman like him can play the shortest form of the game as well © Getty Images
Kane Williamson has proved once again that an orthodox batsman like him can play the shortest form of the game as well © Getty Images

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sep 29, 2014

Barbados Tridents and Northern Knights will play the last league match of this year’s Champion’s League T20 (CLT20). Both don’t have any chance to make it to the semi-finals but they would like to finish the tournament on a high note.

Except their last match against the Hurricanes, Barbados Tridents played well in the other two matches, but failed to win any. They lost in the last over against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and again finished on the losing side in the super over against the Cape Cobras. So they had a decent tournament but were unfortunate not to win anything.

Amongst the Tridents batsmen, Jonathan Carter, Dilshan Munaweera have impressed with their attacking stroke play. They will get another chance to make an impact. They also have experienced players like James Franklin, Elton Chigumbura, Neil McKenzie who are yet to make an impression in this tournament. Against the Knights, they will be keen to do well and give the team a winning send-off.

Northern Knights, on the other hand stared really well since the qualifying stage. But in the main stages they failed to maintain their performance. The New Zealand champions beat a strong Mumbai Indians outfit in the qualifiers and Cape Cobras in the main stages of CLT20. Players like Anton Devcich, Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult have attracted  eye balls. Especially, Williamson, has proved once again that an orthodox batsman like him can play the shortest form of the game as well.

Both teams would like to try out new players in this dead rubber. And for these player it would be a golden opportunity to impress the selectors by doing well in this game. So in this context, this dead rubber would be an exciting game to watch out for.

Squads:

Barbados Tridents: Rayad Emrit (c), Jonathan Carter, Elton Chigumbura, Shane Dowrich, James Franklin, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Neil McKenzie, Kyle Mayers, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Ashley Nurse, William Perkins (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer.

Northern Knights: Daniel Flynn (c), Graeme Aldridge, Jono Boult, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, DJ Harris, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, BJ Watling (wk), Kane Williamson, Brad Wilson

Time: 14:30 GMT | 20:00 IST

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)