Kane Wiliamson (above) teamed up with Anton Devcich for a record 140 run opening stand © Getty Images (File Photo)

By R Vishal

Sep 19, 2014

Kane Williamson’s outstanding hundred and the crafty Anton Devcich smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground in what was more like a firing squad routein for the Cape Cobras as Northern Knights ended with a commanding total in the 3rd match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20). In what was one of the premier batting displays witnessed in the tournament so far, the bowlers kept erring in line and Williamson mixed his charecteristic elegance with the savagery precision of Suresh Raina on song for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Northern Knights were trying to go hell for leather right from ball one but the batsman could not connect with the Charl Langevelt’s wayward bowling. There was a run-out chance too but it went begging. Another wayward delivery from the former South African new ball bowler went for a boundary and it was Kane Williamson who was in the act. It was Kane Williamson who got a move on with the score and he was rewarded when a hook of Vernon Philander cleared the ropes.

Justin Kemp had a nasty injury tryring to take a diving catch and immediately ran to Cape Cobras dugout to get some treatement as losing the all-rounder would end up being a big blow for the fielding side. Northern Knights meanwhile were living dangerously and were Hashim Amla nearly took a spectacular diving catch. Robin Peterson’s bowling did little to stem the flow of runs and and Anton Devcich struck a lovely boundary.

After going steady in the first few overs, it was absolute carnage from Williamson and Devcich. The second change bowlers of Cape Cobras were taken to the cleaners by CLT20 2014, 3rd match and boundaries flowed off the blade thick and fast. Williamson went after Robin Peterson and Devcich went berserk after Avive Mgijimi and was carted all over the ground. Then Kane Williamson brought up his half-century in just 25 balls and Devcich was closing in on his landmark too.

Anton Devcich got to a well crafted half-century too, determined to match up to the classy brilliance of his partner, Kane Williamson. The bottom-line here was the southpaw got to his half-century too and the last few overs has seen him grow into the game and with some excellent improvisation, was getting boundaries thick and fast. Willliamson shifted gears yet again and more runs flowed of his elegant blade; except that this time some belligerence teamed up with the Kiwi’s natural grace.

A run out brought an end to the 140 run opening stand but wicketkeeper BJ Watling carried on the fireworks and the boundaries were found at will yet again. After a lovely cameo,  Watling departed and triggered a flurry of wickets falling at the other end as Williamson diligently pursued his century. A free hit in the final over presented the chance and the Kiwi took with both hands to send the ball sailing over the cover point boundary to reach his hundred.

Brief scores:

Northern Knights  206 for 5 in 20 Overs (Anton Devcich 67, Kane Williamson 101*, BJ Watling 32, Charl Langevelt 2 for 27 for Vernon Philander 2 for 39) vs Cape Cobras

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