Warriors' victory just isn't enough for T20 trophy
Leinster Lightning failed to complete a clean sweep of Twenty20 inter-provincial victories but regained the trophy after a 15 runs defeat to North West Warriors at Eglinton last night.
The Warriors became the first team to score 200 in the competition but that left Lightning needing only 155 to prevent the Warriors drawing level with them on points and passing them on run-rate.
Thanks to an unbeaten century from skipper John Mooney, they reached that target with 19 balls to spare but Graeme McCarter and Stuart Thompson restricted them to 30 in the closing overs.
The Warriors made a fast start with David Rankin and Thompson bringing up the 50 at the start of the fifth over and, despite the loss of Thompson for 36 from just 19 balls, the 100 came up in only the ninth over.
Rankin was finally out for 76, from 44 balls with nine fours and two sixes, but in the end a total of 200 for six just wasn't enough.
Mooney batted through the Lightning reply, his 110 including 16 fours and two sixes, but it was muted celebrations for his century in defeat.
Scores: North West Warriors 200-6 (20 overs, D Rankin 76, S Thompson 36, G McCarter 32; J Anderson 2-27) Leinster Lightning 185-4 (J Mooney 110 not out, A Poynter 34, J Anderson 23; C Young 2-32). Warriors won by 15 runs.
The expected announcement of a 10-team World Cup in England in 2019 has been deferred by ICC. The annual meeting concluded in Barbados yesterday without any mention in the board's conclusions. It will now be announced either in a separate release or after further discussions in October.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Ulster Cup sees a repeat of today's Challenge Cup semi-final between Civil Service North and Instonians, with the Old Boys having home advantage next time, while Donemana return to North Down.
O'Neill's Ulster Cup quarter-finals: Instonians v Civil Service North, North Down v Donemana, Brigade v Waringstown, Eglinton v Carrickfergus. Ties on Sunday July 19
O'Neill's Ulster Shield semi-finals: Downpatrick v Fox Lodge or Bond's Glen, Killyclooney v Woodvale. Ties on Sunday July 19.