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Barbados Tridents seal consolation Champions League win

Barbados Tridents pipped Northern Knights to a consolation six-wicket win in the Champions League T20.

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With both teams already out of the competition, there was only pride at stake as a low-scoring encounter was decided by a pair of boundaries from James Franklin in the final over.

Opener Anton Devcich top scored for Northern Knights with a run-a-ball 47, but his efforts were not built upon substantially as the New Zealand side posted 135-8 in a contest reduced to 19 overs per-side by rain.

Ravi Rampaul was the pick of Barbados' bowlers with 3-34, while captain Rayad Emrit and Dilshan Munaweera picked up two apiece.

Two wickets in three balls from off-spinner Ish Sodhi checked Barbados' momentum as the contest went to wire, but a six and a four at the death hoisted Franklin to 33 not out and his side to victory.

The presence of significant dew in Bangalore persuaded Emrit to field first after winning the toss.

Rampaul rewarded his captain's decision, flummoxing Kane Williamson with a slower ball that invited a leading edge to be caught by Franklin at mid-on.

Devcich and Daniel Flynn put on 60 for the second wicket, but struggled for momentum and the score was 64 when the latter departed for 21 with a four and a six to his name in the 11th over - edging Munaweera's first ball of the match behind.

An hour's rain break followed and did little for Northern Knights' quest for momentum, especially when Emrit produced a direct hit from cover to run out Devcich shortly after the resumption.

BJ Watling looked to up the rate, with a 19-ball 29, but he was one of two more victims to Rampaul's wonderfully disguised slower ball as wickets fell at regular intervals.

By contrast, the Tridents strode confidently out of the blocks as Munaweera stuck a pair of fours in the opening over.

The all-rounder found the fence twice more before falling for 20 to a stunning one-handed catch by an outstretched Daryl Mitchell at extra cover, recalled left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner the bowler celebrating.

Scott Styris' wily cutters served to strangle scoring opportunities and, when Raymon Reifer and Jason Holder holed out to Sodhi in quick succession, Northern Districts were back in the contest.

Santner dropped Jonathan Carter to deny Styris the wicket his efforts deserved and the fielder was made to pay as Carter and then Franklin thumped him for a six each as the Tridents sought to break the shackles with six overs remaining.

In trying to repeat the trick, Carter fell as Devcich caught on the boundary and had the presence of mind to toss the ball back to Mitchell to take as he stumbled over the rope.

Recalled Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura scored an unbeaten 18 from 15 balls, leaving Franklin to dispatched countryman Tim Southee for a towering straight six from the first ball of the final over and finish the job with two balls to spare as a leg-side full-toss raced to the fence.

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