Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Warriors fear Lightning stars will strike twice

Instonians put themselves in pole position to qualify for the semi-finals of the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup

The North West selectors meet tonight to pick their second team of the season, but the first three-day line-up for their Inter-provincial Championship game against Leinster Lightning at Bready, which starts next Tuesday.

Lightning won the first inter-pro of the season, a 50-over game against the Warriors at The Hills 11 days ago, when Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien took the game away from the North West side with a partnership of 187.

With Middlesex commitments, Balbirnie is unlikely to be released for a midweek game and it's equally unlikely internationals John Anderson, Andrew Poynter, John Mooney and Eddie Richardson, who scored 22 between them in the opening game, will fail again.

The home side will take encouragement from the opening Championship game of last season when Lightning needed just 26 off four overs with all 10 wickets standing, but Peter Connell and Johnny Thompson restricted the Leinster side to 22 for four to escape with a draw.

International Connell is not available this year, so Craig Young, who won his second Ireland cap in the West Indies in February, Stuart Thompson and Andy McBrine will provide the Warriors main bowling attack.

The main decision both selection committees must make is whether to pick the two permitted non-Ireland qualified players.

Last year, the Warriors started the season with Donemana professional Kamran Sajjid and Bready's Romano Ramoo.

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