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Warriors have a fighting chance as Allen shines

By Ian Callender

Ross Allen was the North West Warriors' star batsman on a rain-shortened second day of their inter-provincial championship game against the Northern Knights at Bready.

The Eglinton all-rounder again justified his promotion to opener with a first half century as the Warriors finished the day 53 runs behind with five first innings wickets standing.

Given a life by Jacob Mulder in the gully on 22, Allen added another 48 runs before the leg spinner eventually trapped him lbw, the third of his four wickets so far.

But ominously for the visitors, Warriors skipper Andy McBrine, fresh from his 79 against Sri Lanka in last weekend's ODI, was 33 not out at the close.

The Knights need at least two more wickets and outright victory to regain the lead in the championship race.

Meanwhile, on the first day of the MCC's tour game against an NCU Development XI at Carrickfergus, Instonians pace bowler James Magee was the most impressive bowler, taking two wickets in 11 overs with the new ball.

Clontarf captain Eoghan Delany scored exactly 100 before he was bowled by Muckamore's Aditya Adey and by the close of the first day, 16-year-old Waringstown opener Jonny Waite was 61 not out with the NCU XI trailing by 92 runs with seven wickets standing.

At Magheramason: Northern Knights 1st innings 277 (S Getkate 53, L Nelson 49, J Holmes 48, G Thompson 42, J Mulder 41, J Shannon 25; D Scanlon 6-37) North West Warriors 1st innings 224-5 (R Allen 70, D Rankin 41, A McBrine 33 not out; J Mulder 4-53). Today 11am-6.30pm

At Middle Road: NCU XI 229-8 dec (E Delany 100; A Haggan 3-29, A Adey 2-24, J Magee 2-29) MCC 137-3 (J Waite 61 not out, A Dennison 52). Today 11.30am-5pm.

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