Gillespie stars but Warriors drop the ball at Bready
North West Warriors literally threw away the opportunity of a strong position in their opening inter-provincial championship game as they handed Leinster Lightning the initiative on the first day at Bready.
Four catches were dropped and 45 extras conceded as the holders finished the day on 338 for eight and certain to bat on this morning. Tyrone Kane and Max Sorensen, two Ireland international all-rounders, are still in the middle and capable of adding to their undefeated stand of 25.
Young Aaron Gillespie was the pick of the bowlers, repeatedly finding the edge of the bat, and was the unlucky bowler when Eddie Richardson was dropped.
That miss cost 31 runs but the most expensive was the chance at long-leg off Anderson when the captain was on 16. The season's most prolific batsman added another 71 but did not go on to complete his fifth century. Gillespie deserves credit for that as well, getting him to play too early and taking the return catch.
Simmi Singh and George Dockrell were also given lives which, when added up, cost Warriors 151 runs. They also failed to pick up their fourth bowling point while Lightning claimed all four for batting as they bid to put the pressure back on the Northern Knights.
Scores: Leinster Lightning 338-8 (J Anderson 87, S Singh 47, T Kane 39, G Dockrell 35, E Richardson31, L Tucker 27; S Thompson 3-55, A Gillespie 2-55) v Leinster Lightning. Today 11am-6.30pm.