It was only a few days ago that the Northern Knights were the talk of the cricketing world, but now their Champions League campaign is over, but the side look back on the Champions League with fond memories.
Three convincing wins in the qualifying round has led to a mediocre outing in the main Champions League draw, with just a single victory, and with the Hobart Hurricanes winning overnight, the Knights now cannot make the semi finals.
The last two games were shockers for the current HRV Cup champions, no denying that.
Given how well they played earlier in the tournament, the sudden loss of form and back-to-back heavy defeats were signs of panic in difficult situations as the likelihood of finals cricket drew nearer.
Before arriving in India, many wouldn’t have picked the Knights to go far at all, and this is something the players should keep in the back of their minds in the coming days.
The reality is they did go far, they did play well, and not reaching the semi finals, something that seemed entirely plausible a week ago, will sting this Knights side who suddenly will be feeling very deflated and more than a little disappointed.
Should cricket fans in New Zealand be disappointed?
The Knights played better than many expected, and barring the last couple of results, the team should be very proud and delighted with the Champions League campaign.
Kane Williamson was stella with the bat, the fielding has been sharp and accurate, and the players that needed to stand up did.
This was a Champions League that the Knights should be happy with.