Craig Young, playing his first game for the North West Warriors, ploughed a lonely furrow at Bready as he tried to keep the formidable Leinster Lightning batting line-up in check. But, despite his herculean efforts, the home side are staring at a two-day defeat.
The Sussex-contracted professional has taken all three Lightning wickets to fall so far but the inter-provincial Championship leaders are already seven runs in front with seven first innings wickets remaining.
Despite a stand of 59 for the first wicket the Warriors were bowled out for 164 in just 45 overs and, with a possible 112 today, there is every chance of Lightning claiming the win they need to clinch the title with a day to spare.
Ireland internationals Max Sorensen and John Mooney were a class apart in the Lightning bowling attack, and ripped through the fragile home batsmen with only Andrew Riddles and Johnny Thompson putting up any resistance, once Mooney had made the breakthrough.
Warriors were grateful for the 38 extras conceded by the Lightning, 10 runs better than top scorer David Rankin. When Young claimed the wicket of debutant Theo Lawson on the stroke of tea to reduce the visitors to 77 for three, there was a glimmer of hope for the home side.
But John Anderson and Simmi Singh snuffed out that threat and both are already past their 50s, with power to add.