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Knights charge halted by the rain as Warriors escape defeat

By Richard Bullick

The Northern Knights' hopes of finally breaking their duck in this season's Interpro three-day series were washed away at Comber.

Play was finally abandoned for the day just before 4pm without a ball having been bowled after a frustrating few hours of steady drizzle followed by heavier rainfall.

Overnight, James Shannon's side were well placed to wrap up a first win in their fourth and final fixture providing the weather didn't do its worst.

The North West Warriors were only 17 ahead with four second innings wickets already down having been forced to follow on 167 behind.

The hosts will feel that even a few hours of play might have been enough for them to wrap up a deserved victory but in the end none proved possible due to the weather.

The fact that the rain hadn't been heavy enough for most of the day to leave the Knights without hope of a late afternoon window simply made the outcome seem more cruel.

At one stage on Tuesday it looked like the Warriors would be beaten by an innings inside two days but they fought hard to benefit from the possibility of help from the weather.

The third wicket partnership of 152 between wicket-keeper Andrew Austin and captain Andy McBrine which held up the Knights charge on the second day proved to be a match-saving stand

The Northern Knights took 14 points from their fourth draw of the campaign while the Warriors got 10 ahead of their final fixture away to Leinster Lightning later this month.

The southern side, who beat the Warriors by an innings back in May, will need only four points to confirm top place in the final table.

Meanwhile the two Ulster teams will face each other again in a limited overs dead rubber at Eglinton this Sunday.

Leinster Lighting have already been crowned champions in this format.

At Comber: Northern Knights 400-6 dec. North West Warriors 233 and 184-4. Match drawn.

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