Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Warriors allow upper hand to slip out of view

Fortunate: Max Sorensen was dropped before totalling 42 runs
Fortunate: Max Sorensen was dropped before totalling 42 runs

They say catches win matches but rarely can a dropped one have been so expensive than at Bready yesterday afternoon.

When Max Sorensen edged his first ball to second slip, Johnny Thompson got his hand to the ball, diving to his right, but couldn't hold on. If held, Leinster Lightning would have been 127 all out, 49 behind on first innings.

But it would be another 31 overs and 93 runs before Sorensen was out, and that advantage had been transformed into a 44 runs deficit.

When the Ireland opening bowler was finally caught, at long-on by David Barr, there were just 14 overs left on day two. Inevitably, with the momentum now with Lightning, it turned into a disastrous hour for the Warriors who collapsed to 20 for five at the close with the embarrassment of an innings defeat suddenly staring them in the face when they resume this morning.

Restarting proceedings will be Sorensen, who took the final wicket with the first ball of the over to a spectacular leg-side catch by Fintan McAllister.

Ramming home the Warriors' advantage in the final session was skipper John Mooney who, in front of national coach Phil Simmons, proved he was ready for a recall to the international team with a devastating burst of 7-3-8-4.

Eddie Richardson could not add to his three wickets which finished the Warriors' first innings inside the first hour.

For the next two hours, it was a good cut and thrust battle between bat and ball as the Lightning reached 110 for four.

Then they lost five wickets for 17 runs in nine overs with Craig Young also putting his hand up for a World Cup call with five wickets.

Then, Sorensen was dropped...

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