Leinster Lightning put on a powerful display against North West Warriors
Leinster Lightning turned a first innings deficit of 159 into a lead of 208 after a dominant second day in their inter-provincial clash at Clontarf as the North West Warriors were again on the end of a backlash.
It is familiar territory for the Warriors in this fixture. Last season they gave up commanding first innings positions by conceding last wicket stands of 93 and 134 and yesterday Fintan McAllister and Bill Coghlan put on 196 for the second wicket, a record partnership for any wicket in the Championship.
Andy McBrine used nine bowlers on an increasingly tiring day in the field when the Warriors sent down 104 overs while the Lightning batsmen helped themselves to 365 runs for the loss of just five wickets. Indeed the only wicket that fell to a bowler in the first 80 overs was a run out, when McAllister's change of call left nightwatchman Max Sorensen stranded.
That only let in Coghlan, who may not be the flashiest opener in the country but he certainly accumulates, and he made the Warriors pay for a missed chance at second slip when he was on 27, Graeme McCarter the unlucky bowler.
The Clontarf batsman went on to bring up his 50 from 78 balls and he reached his century in style with his second six, to go with 12 fours.
His second 50 took 101 balls but that was the cue to accelerate and he hit another two fours off McBrine before Craig Young struck in the first over with the new ball, Coghlan's attempted pull shot giving wicket-keeper Ricky-Lee Dougherty a simple catch.
At the other end, McAllister had been patience personified - showing the Warriors how to play a three-day innings.
Even after 245 balls he was still 10 short of his century and Young, in his second over with the second new ball ensured he wouldn't get any closer, finding the edge from another pull shot.
John Mooney, who has already hit two fours in his first six balls, could be faced with a difficult declaration - whether to believe the weather forecast of rain after lunch - but either way it is the home side who are in the driving seat and after being in such a powerful position on Tuesday night, it could be the Warriors who are grateful for a shortened match.
Scores: At Castle Avenue, North West Warriors 260 (65.2 overs, M Marais 66, A McBrine 42, S Thompson 41; S Singh 3-18, T Kane 3-54) Leinster Lightning 101 (32.4 overs, J Anderson 37; S Thompson 3-24, C Young 3-29) and 367-5 (107 overs, B Coghlan 130, F McAllister 90, J Anderson 47, M Sorensen 36; C Young 2-65).