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Another day, another last-wicket partnership, but this time the fielding team at Eglinton came out on the right side as Northern Knights sealed second place in the Interprovincial Cup by the margin of two runs. (stock photo)
Another day, another last-wicket partnership, but this time the fielding team at Eglinton came out on the right side as Northern Knights sealed second place in the Interprovincial Cup by the margin of two runs. (stock photo)

By Ian Callender

Another day, another last-wicket partnership, but this time the fielding team at Eglinton came out on the right side as Northern Knights sealed second place in the Interprovincial Cup by the margin of two runs.

When David Scanlon joined Graham Hume, North West Warriors still needed 39 from 25 balls. When the No.11 hit the first ball of the 50th over for six, suddenly it was five from five and the home supporters were expectant.

But although Scanlon took a single from the third ball to give Hume back the strike, the Coleraine professional did likewise from the fourth to put the Bready skipper and Warriors coach back in the firing line.

This time, Shane Getkate's slower ball rapped Scanlon on the pads and umpire Roly Black raised the finger to condemn Warriors to defeat.

The Knights' celebrations were muted, mainly because it was a dead rubber - Leinster Lightning had sealed the 50-over crown last week - and this game was just the hors d'oeuvres for the Championship match starting at Bready this morning (11am) with the three-day title on the line.

Any one of the three teams can still win it, but while the Warriors have named the same 12 as on duty yesterday - Ross Allen, left out yesterday, is expected to play - the Knights have a continuing injury crisis.

Although James McCollum was named in the squad for today's clash, he has been ruled out with the shoulder problem which kept him out of the Irish Cup final on Saturday.

Murray Commins, who hasn't played for a month, is due to replace Greg Thompson but faces a fitness test, as does Marc Ellison who damaged a finger when taking the catch which dismissed Stuart Thompson. The Irish international hit nine fours in his first 42 runs and brought up his half century with a six off James Cameron-Dow.

But the runs then dried up as the Knights spinners took control and Thompson's dismissal was one of three wickets to fall in 20 balls for eight runs, reducing Warriors to 101-5 in the 24th over.

Andy McBrine and Will Smale, the Ireland Under-19 batsman brought in to keep wicket for Warriors, led the recovery, the teenager impressive after a difficult start against the CIYMS spin twins, Cameron-Dow and Jacob Mulder.

He was out in the 46th over to a fine diving catch by Greg Thompson, and when Craig Young was out next ball, the Warriors were always going to need something special.

But Ruhan Pretorius, the outstanding batsman who fell just four short of his century, rightly ended on the winning team.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

M Ellison c Thompson b McBrine 17

R Pretorius b Kennedy 96

H Tector c Hume b Kennedy 31

G Wilson c and b Hume 26

S Getkate c Thompson b McBrine 1

G Thompson c Rankin b Kennedy 16

M Adair c Thompson b Young 31

N Rock not out 7

J Mulder run out 0

J Cameron-Dow run out 3

Extras (1b 6lb 10w) 17

Total (Nine wkts, 50 overs) 245

Did not bat: J Manley

Fall: 1-64 2-147 3-170 4-175 5-194 6-205 7-240 8-241 9-245

Bowling: C Young 10-0-47-1, G Hume 10-1-56-1, D Scanlon 10-0-43-0, A McBrine 10-0-44-2, G Kennedy 10-0-48-3

NORTH WEST WARRIORS

W Porterfield c Wilson b Tector 32

D Barr run out 0

A Gillespie lbw b Manley 1

S Thompson c Ellison b Mulder 59

D Rankin st Rock b Mulder 2

A McBrine st Rock b Cameron-Dow 24

W Smale c Thompson b Getkate 48

G Kennedy run out 6

G Hume not out 41

C Young lbw b Getkate 0

D Scanlon lbw b Getkate 11

Extras (4lb 15w) 19

Total (49.5 overs) 243

Fall: 1-1 2-2 3-93 4-97 5-101 6-146 7-157 8-207 9-207

Bowling: J Manley 5-0-14-1, H Tector 10-0-57-1, R Pretorius 6-0-33-0, J Cameron-Dow 10-0-44-1, S Getkate 8.5-0-52-3, J Mulder 10-0-39-2

Northern Knights won by two runs

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