A distinctive approach to the game brought victory to the Northern Districts against the Lahore Lions by 72 runs hence qualifying for the main round of the Champions League T20 in Raipur. They were asked to bat under an overcast sky. Half-centuries by skipper Daniel Flynn, 53 from 27 balls and wicket keeper-batsman BJ Watling scoring 53 off 33 aided them to reach 170 for six in their quota of 20 overs. Flynn had five fours and two sixes, Watling had seven boundaries and an over boundary. Flynn and Watling initially tackled the Lions attack by rotating their strike randomly at whim. Watling and Flynn’s running between the wickets was admirable. Flynn was finally stumped by Umar Akmal off Adnan Rasool’s bowling missing the line completely. Watling was out caught over long-on. On the other hand the Lions were bundled out for merely 98 in 18 overs. This is the second consecutive win for the Northern Knights in as many matches. Tim Southee had the brilliant figures of 3-22 from 4 overs to show while Trent Boult was 2-12 from their four overs. Their bowling cleared the top half of the opponent Lions within six overs of Powerplay with less than 20 runs on board. From the second over itself the Lions were aware of their tragic loss as their batsmen were completely at sea in front of the seam and swing. At 19 for five all the top-order batsmen of the Lions were back in the pavilion without a double digit score. Saad Nasim’s 58 went in vain though he held one end up but simply found the target beyond his reach. The Lions innings also saw a spectacular piece of fielding from Southee to get Asif Raza. Even the Northern District was at 60 for three at the end of the eighth over having lost Kane Williamson, Devcich and in quick succession. For the Lions, Cheema was the most successful bowler scalping three for 35 runs.