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David Rankin and Rosheen Silva stand tall as the North West Warriors come back fighting

By Ian Callender

North West Warriors saved face last night with an undefeated second wicket stand of 97 between David Rankin and Coleraine pro Rosheen Silva closing the deficit to 188 going into the last day of their inter-provincial championship game against Leinster Lightning at Bready.

A horror first innings when they collapsed from 67 for one to 128 all out in the space of 26 overs left them facing a two-day defeat after Lightning's ninth wicket pair, Tyrone Kane and Max Sorensen, extended their overnight partnership to 93.

Sorensen, named in the Ireland squad for next week's game in Ayr "to get more overs under his belt" after missing the last three weeks due to injury and illness, hit 56 from 72 balls and Kane, also in the 12-man squad to face Scotland A, was last man out for 67 from 133 deliveries.

With Scott Campbell off the field, Eglinton's Ross Allen was promoted to open with Rankin and he faced 88 balls to finish second top scorer to Brigade professional Danza Hyatt's 37.

All the Lightning bowlers got among the wickets bar Eddie Richardson, but he dismissed Campbell in the first over of the second innings.

Scores: Leinster Lightning 414 (J Anderson 87, T Kane 67, M Sorensen 56, S Singh 47; A McBrine 3-74, S Thompson 3-84) North West Warriors 128 (D Hyatt 37, R Allen 31, R Silva 28; T Kane 3-23, P Chase 3-33, G Dockrell 2-10) and 98-1 (D Rankin 53 not out, R Silva 36 not out). Today 11am-6.30pm.

Ireland A squad: A McBrine (capt), Yaqoob Ali, P Chase, T Kane, G McCarter, J McCollum, J Shannon, M Sorensen, J Tector, S Terry, S Thompson, L Tucker.

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