Warriors win to keep fight going right to end
North West Warriors completed the Twenty20 double over the Northern Knights with a 13 runs win at Belmont to keep the destination of the trophy alive until the last game.
The all-international bowling attack proved the difference on the night as the Warriors defended a below-par 136 with Craig Young showing why he is Ireland's opening bowler with three wickets for just 13 runs.
Young held the catch to dismiss Knights top scorer Chris Dougherty off the bowling of skipper Andy McBrine who, along with the returning Andy Britton, supported the strike bowler with two wickets apiece.
It was an inauspicious return, though, for Mark Adair, home from Warwickshire but starting with two wides and his three overs went for 37.
Phil Eaglestone, Nigel Jones and Zach Rushe were economical but the damage was done by Graeme McCarter, promoted to No 4, who scored 30 off 22 balls and William McClintock with 20 off just 11 after David Rankin and Ricky-Lee Dougherty had put on 46 for the first wicket in seven overs.
Meanwhile, today's Challenge Cup quarter-final between CIYMS and Cliftonville has been switched to Belmont with a noon start.
Scores: North West Warriors 136-7 (D Rankin 35, G McCarter 30, RL Dougherty 20, W McClintock 20; Z Rushe 2-19) Northern Knights 123 (C Dougherty 40, L Nelson 37; C Young 3-13, A Britton 2-20, A McBrine 2-27). Warriors won by 13 runs.