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Cricket: North West Warriors attack lacks cutting edge

By Ian Callender

North West Warriors' batting failed them again for the fifth successive innings this season in the Newstalk inter-provincial championship.

They have yet to post a total of 200 and today in Malahide they will either need to score probably in excess of 300 or bat out most of the day for a heroic draw.

The home side finished the second day with a lead of 252 and nine second innings wickets standing and after a quick flurry of runs from their talented batting line-up this morning, John Mooney will set his bowlers loose on a Warriors side which is much more fragile than the names on the scorecard would suggest.

Repeatedly yesterday, the free-scoring batsmen in club cricket failed to show off their class on the higher stage, the top four of David Rankin (2), Jason Milligan (6), Scott Campbell (11) and Stuart Thompson (11) all dismissed inside 16 overs with just 36 on the board.

Ernest Kemm, Bready's South African professional, was, significantly, the only batsman to show the patience for a three-day fight as Andy McBrine, after scoring 25 from 29 balls, recklessly came down the pitch and was stumped and Andrew Riddles played over one from Max Sorensen and was bowled.

Johnny Thompson tried hard, content with a strike rate of 43, before he pulled one straight to mid wicket and Craig Young's late resistance (18) was ended by a run-out after Kemm changed his mind.

At the start of the day, Max Sorensen and Albert van der Merwe took their last wicket stand to 134 before a run-out in the fourth over – a direct hit from mid-on by Campbell – ended Sorensen's 159 minutes stay on 86.

And Lightning completed another dominant day by adding 116 in 32 overs to their first innings advantage, with Fintan McAllister the fourth batsmen to score a half-century in the match.

Scores: Leinster Lightning: 324 (M Sorensen 86, B Coghlan 61, A van der Merwe 54, C McLoughlin 30; C Young 4-91, S Thompson 2-45, E Kemm 2-56) and 116-1 (F McAllister 50 not out, B Coghlan 36, P Collins 29 not out)

North West Warriors: 188 (E Kemm 55 not out, A Riddles 29, A McBrine 25, J Thompson 21; J Mooney 3-34, A van der Merwe 2-24, M Sorensen 2-45, E Richardson 2-50). Today: 11am-6.30pm

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