Warriors are put to the sword by decisive Knights
What a difference a day makes. Northern Knights, beaten in both Twenty20 games on Sunday, bounced back with an emphatic victory over the North West Warriors at Comber to go to the top of the Newstalk Inter-provincial Cup table.
It was the same pitch, on the same ground, but the batting performances were worlds apart as all the Knights batsmen reached double figures and despite a couple of wayward opening spells by Allan Coulter and Shane Getkate, it was the Warriors side who collapsed.
If either of the teams should have struggled yesterday it was the Knights, with nine of the side playing their third game in two days but fatigue was never an issue once David Simpson had struck twice in two balls to remove the Warriors openers and, in what turned out to be a race against the clock to get the minimum 20 overs in before the rain returned, Andrew White and James Cameron-Dow shared the next four wickets.
No fewer than three Duckworth/Lewis sheets were produced as the showers repeatedly drove the players off the field on a frustrating and unsatisfactory day, the final one giving the Warriors a victory target of 231 in 33 overs.
They were 95 for eight in the 24th over when common sense prevailed and the umpires finally called it a day.
Nick Larkin had given the Knights innings early momentum with five boundaries but James Shannon and White struggled to maintain it.
Indeed it was not until the arrival of Lee Nelson that any acceleration came and Getkate took them out of sight with 36 from 22 balls as 52 came off the last four overs, international Stuart Thompson bearing the brunt.
There were a total of 23 wides in the Knights innings but Coulter and Getkate threatened to give them all back in the first four overs – indeed, it was not until the 20th over that Andy McBrine eventually displaced wides as the Warriors top scorer!
Fortunately for most of the players involved, the Ireland squad for next week's games against Sri Lanka A has already been selected.
Tonight: Long's SuperValu Premiership: Coleraine v Eglinton.