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Dockrell's poor showing puts his Ireland position in jeopardy

By Ian Callender

Four days away from Ireland first one-day international of the season, Stuart Thompson was the only squad member to come out of yesterday's abandoned inter-provincial Cup match at The Hills with any plus marks - and he wasn't playing.

Thompson was told to miss this weekend's action after playing 13 consecutive days' cricket and he will be well rested for the visit of the Sri Lankans to Malahide, but George Dockrell could have bowled himself out of the match.

The slow left arm bowler sent down three disappointing overs for Leinster Lightning, conceding 23 runs including four boundaries, as the North West Warriors totalled 212 for eight in 38 overs, thanks to their two West Indians Oraine Williams and Danza Hyatt who added 98 for the fifth wicket.

It was no better for Warriors skipper Andy McBrine who played a poor shot off Max Sorensen and was caught at square leg to leave his side 46 for four after 13 overs. He didn't get the chance to make amends with the ball as the game was washed out by a downpour 10 overs into the Lightning chase.

That was still time for John Anderson before being caught at mid-off, from the excellent Jarred Barnes, for a rare failure in this, so far, golden summer.

Scores: North West Warriors 212-8 (O Williams 85, D Hyatt 54; P Chase 3-22, E Richardson 2-27, T Kane 2-53) Leinster Lightning 46-2 (10 overs, D Joyce 20 not out; J Barnes 2-15).

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