Northern Knights on rise after a late flurry of wickets
James Cameron-Dow took four wickets in the last five overs of the day to haul Northern Knights back into their inter-provincial championship game at Bready as the Warriors paid the price for a cautious batting display.
The possibility of quick runs and a declaration last night to put the pressure back on the visitors, who had been bowled out for 167, was turned down in favour of consolidation and the Warriors finished the penultimate day - the start of which was delayed by 75 minutes after Sunday's play had been completely lost - still 69 runs behind with just four first innings wickets standing.
Scott Campbell had faced 26 overs for 22 runs when he was bowled by Cameron-Dow and four balls later the Ireland A off spinner claimed the big wicket of international Stuart Thompson, who missed with a pull shot.
Craig Young was sent in as nightwatchman but he lasted only five balls before he edged Cameron-Dow to give Shane Getkate his second catch in the gully and in the CIYMS bowler's next over - the last of the day - Donemana's Jan Frylinck was bowled.
Openers Craig Averill and David Rankin had been dismissed by new ball pair Phil Eaglestone and Neil Gill but the 'go-slow' was already under way, the second wicket falling for 27 in the 15th over.
Andy Brine had won a big toss on a green, damp pitch and the Knights failed to survive 55 overs. It could have been even worse because they were 108 for eight after 37 overs but Greg Thompson with 43 and Cameron-Dow, unbeaten at the end, added another 59 runs, increased in value by the late flurry of Knights wickets.
Seamers bowled 49 overs in the Knights innings with Thompson the most successful, with Frylinck the most accurate. But spin could have the final say.
Scores: Northern Knights 1st Innings 167 (54.5 overs, G Thompson 43, L Nelson 26, C Dougherty 25, J Cameron-Dow 19 not out; S Thompson 3-23, J Frylinck 2-12, G McCarter 2-37) North West Warriors 1st innings 98-6 (36.4 overs, K Vardhan 36 not out, S Campbell 22; J Cameron-Dow 4-19). Today: 11am-6.30pm.