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Warrior Thompson could miss his chance to make history

 

By Ian Callender

Johnny Thompson is a major doubt for the North West Warriors in today's historic inter-provincial clash - the first domestic first class fixture in Ireland - against the Northern Knights at Eglinton (11am).

Thompson had to pull out of yesterday's 50-over match between the teams, after the toss, with a side strain which he thought he could play through but it got worse in the warm-up.

"I injured it when bowling my second over in Saturday's cup match and I was actually pulled out of the squad on Sunday but came back in with the intention of playing as a batsman," said the Brigade all-rounder.

The physio gave Thompson, who scored 38 not out in the opening Twenty20 game against Leinster Lightning, the go-ahead to play yesterday, and he was duly put down on the Warriors' team-sheet, but 20 minutes before the delayed start he was replaced by Eglinton's Ross Allen.

Warriors are hoping that, after missing out yesterday, he will be fit to play as a batsman in the first domestic first class fixture in Ireland, but going into a three-day match with a side strain must be considered a big risk.

In the end, Thompson missed only 14.3 overs yesterday as light rain hung around for most of the day at Strabane and both teams had to be satisfied with two points for an abandoned game.

The Knights, having been put into bat, were 84 for two after the one and only stoppage just before 1.45pm, which was a satisfactory position for the NCU side in a game which had already been reduced to 41 overs.

However, there was disappointment for in-form Adam Dennison, caught at cover without scoring in David Scanlon's first over, while Stuart Thompson was the other wicket-taker, having Chris Dougherty caught behind.

Scores: Northern Knights 84-2 (14.3 overs, J Shannon 26 not out, Nik Smith 25 not out, C Dougherty 19) v North West Warriors. Match abandoned

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