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Young helps Warriors remain in title mix

 

By Ian Callender

North West Warriors stunned Twenty20 inter-provincial champions Leinster Lightning with a seven-wicket victory in Dublin, which takes the title race to the final round of games.

Craig Young was the Warriors' star with his second five-wicket haul of the season. The Ireland opening bowler dismissed fellow internationals Andy Balbirnie and the in-form Simi Singh in his first spell and came back to clean up the tail as Lightning were bowled out for 118.

Although David Rankin (18) and Irosh Samarasooriya (4) fell in quick succession, the Warriors tamed the all-international bowling attack, timing their run chase to perfection with Stuart Thompson hitting 43 from 49 balls and Graham Kennedy, who heads off today with the Ireland Under-19 side for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Jersey, finishing 38 not out.

It was the Lightning's first defeat in any format for three years, although a victory over Munster Reds in their final game on August 11 will still be enough to pip Warriors to the title.

Northern Knights skipper James Shannon hit seven sixes and five fours in his 31-ball 67 as Northern Knights smashed 209-5 on their way to a 55-run victory over Munster Reds in last night's other game at Carrick.

Scores

Anglesea Road: Leinster Lightning 118 (19.3 overs, L Tucker 44, S Terry 26; C Young 5-22, A McBrine 2-23) North West Warriors 119-3 (19.1 overs, S Thompson 43, G Kennedy 38 not out). Warriors won by seven wickets.

Middle Road:,Northern Knights 209-5 (20 overs. J Shannon 67, C Dougherty 42, G Thompson 37, A Dennison 34) Munster Reds 154-9 (20 overs, S Grobler 41 not out, J Tector 31, R Forrest 21; R McKinley 3-19, Nat Smith 2-22, G McCarter 2-38). Knights won by 55 runs.

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