Vardhan's classy ton puts heat on Knights
Coleraine professional Kylliin Vardhan upstaged Shane Getkate as the North West Warriors took control of their inter-provincial championship game against Northern Knights at Downpatrick.
The Warriors had an imposing lead of 320 going into the final day and although they have six second innings wickets in hand, an early declaration was expected to give their bowlers as much time as possible to take the 10 wickets for victory.
It was an impressive bowling display yesterday morning which has put them in such a strong position, with internationals Craig Young and Graeme McCarter sharing six wickets and Andy McBrine bringing himself on to finish the innings with three wickets in nine overs.
Getkate was the only Knights batsman to put up prolonged resistance, his run-a-ball 78, with nine fours and three sixes, in stark contrast to his club form with Civil Service North this season, but he could not have chosen a better stage to make his mark with Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell in attendance.
Warriors openers Craig Averill, completing a pair in the match, and David Rankin were Neil Gill victims in his first nine balls but Vardhan proved the selectors right to make a change with a classy, unbeaten 113.
Scores: North West Warriors 272 (S Thompson 113, S Campbell 76, D Rankin 32; P Eaglestone 4-64 N Gill 3-37) and 212-4 (K Vardhan 113 not out, J Frylinck 46 not out, S Thompson 32; N Gill 2-31) Northern Knights 164 (S Getkate 78, C Dougherty 40; A McBrine 3-31, G McCarter 3-34, C Young 3-44). Today 11am-6.30pm
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup quarter-final draw: Instonians v Templepatrick, Civil Service North v Muckamore, Carrickfergus v Waringstown, North Down v Cliftonville or CIYMS. Games to be played on Saturday June 13.