Warriors show fighting spirit but Lightning strike
Leinster Lightning took the points from yesterday’s inter-provincial Cup match at Bready, but North West Warriors took the plaudits for a fighting display which earned them 10 wickets and a total just 27 runs short of the hot favourites.
Missing five first choice players, including skipper Andy McBrine and Ireland opening bowler Craig Young, they bowled out Lightning for 232 and but for the loss of three wickets for three runs, which reduced them to 169 for eight, they could have pulled off a shock victory.
It was stand-in skipper Stuart Thompson, the only current international in the home line-up, who led from the front and, having already taken three wickets, he scored 50 from 72 balls, but was caught behind off George Dockrell to his next ball. Johnny Thompson and Steve Lazars followed to leave the tail with a virtually impossible task against Dockrell and his Ireland spin twin Simi Singh.
Dockrell finished with four wickets but Lightning had Peter Chase running in hard and with pace and, coming on first change, dismissed David Rankin and Imran Butt within his first three overs.
The biggest difference proved to be the first partnership of the match between Ed Joyce and Jack Tector. They put on 109, so although the Warriors took 10 wickets for 123 the damage was done, although Kevin O’Brien’s unbeaten 58 was decisive.