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Knights' rivals need to keep up with ace Jones

By Ian Callender

It's as if Nigel Jones has never been away. The player who had Stormont as his home ground for the last nine seasons has started 2015 with three successive game at the international venue.

Fate decreed that Jones would open his new career with CIYMS with an away game against Civil Service North and last Friday he starred for the Northern Knights in their T20 inter-provincial trophy game against Leinster Lightning.

Today, it's back to Stormont for the Knights' opening 50-over Cup clash against the North West Warriors and the, now former, Ireland international will be looking for more support from his team-mates.

When Jones was dismissed on Friday for 61, the Knights were 96 for five, needing 49 more from six overs but they fell five runs short. However, no other batsman reached 20 and Jones admitted it was a missed opportunity.

"It was disappointing and frustrating. Credit to Leinster for hanging in there and getting the win but I think we lost eight wickets for about 50 runs after being 72 without loss. So we'd done all the hard work and feels like a real missed opportunity," he said.

The Knights, though, are grateful for an early chance to make amends especially after Saturday's NCU programme was washed out by persistent rain.

"I think we're playing on the same wicket, so we need to take that into consideration. It was quite low and if you bowled straight you had to hit it straight, so I think we need to be smart and come out and hit the Warriors hard. We need to be better," added Jones.

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