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Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors draw the line

By Ian Callender

The first inter-provincial Championship game of the season was abandoned and called a draw with neither captain backing their team to force a result.

Leinster Lightning skipper John Mooney and his North West Warriors counterpart Andy McBrine surprisingly shook hands at 2.30pm, four hours before the scheduled close, despite the Clontarf ground drying out after a morning of heavy rain.

Even a 4.15pm start would have left the Warriors needing 209 in 35 overs and while Mooney insisted the shorter game would have favoured the Warriors, surely McBrine snatched his hand off at the offer of a draw.

Meanwhile, Jersey have won the European Twenty20 qualifier and will be Ireland's final opponents in Group A of the world qualifying tournament in Ireland and Scotland in July.

ICC have confirmed the fixtures for the 14-team tournament with Stormont hosting eight games from July 10-15, including Ireland's first four group games, and Bready six games before the competition moves south to Malahide and Clontarf for the teams' final two group games on July 17 and 19, and the knock-out play-offs on July 21 and July 23. The semi-finals are on Saturday July 25 with the final the following day in Malahide.

Ireland's fixtures: At Stormont - July 6 v UAE (2.15pm), July 7 v Oman (2.15pm). Group A: July 10 v Namibia (10am), July 12 v USA (10am), July 13 v Nepal (2.15pm), July 15 v Papua New Guinea (10am). At Malahide - July 17 v Hong Kong (2.15pm), July 19 v Jersey (10am).

Inter-provincial Championship: At Castle Avenue, North West Warriors 260 (65.2 overs, M Marais 66, A McBrine 42, S Thompson 41; S Singh 3-18, T Kane 3-54) Leinster Lightning 101 (32.4 overs, J Anderson 37; S Thompson 3-24, C Young 3-29) and 367-5 (107 overs, B Coghlan 130, F McAllister 90, J Anderson 47, M Sorensen 36). Match drawn.

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