Lightning on the cusp of victory over Warriors
Leinster Lightning claimed a full haul of bonus points inside 60 overs when the Interprovincial Championship match against North West Warriors at Magheramason finally got under way at 2pm on the second day.
The visitors trail by 86 with nine first innings wickets standing, but with 104 overs possible today, there could still be time for a two-day victory unless the Warriors batting improves second time around.
William Porterfield was top scorer with 25 as the holders were dismissed for a paltry 135, and No.11 David Scanlon showed up the other batsmen in the team by finishing third top scorer.
The opening partnership of 35 between Porterfield and Ballyspallen professional Brendon Louw was the biggest of the innings, with Scanlon's runs at the end ensuring his stand with Graham Kennedy was the second best.
Kennedy was the only batsman to show any resistance - he faced 74 for his 12 not out - as Simi Singh and George Dockrell helped themselves to the last five wickets.
Peter Chase was impressive with two in his opening spell, as was Craig Young late in the evening, who deserved the wicket of the out-of-form Jack Tector.
With Barry McCarthy struck down by flu, The Hills opening batsman Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin made his first-class debut and resumes this morning after a confident 18 not out.
Ominously, his partner is Andrew Balbirnie, but he was dropped twice in the space of three balls from Coleraine professional Graham Hume, a difficult low chance to second slip and a straightforward one to Aaron Gillespie in the gully.
Ulster Schools lost their annual game against MCC at Osborne Park yesterday by 51 runs, but it was two of last year's Schools' side who were the Club's stars.
Instonians' James Metcalfe was left 99 not out when his final partner was run out going for a third run to bring up his century, while CSN's Matthew Foster took five wickets as the Ulster Schools, after a disappointing batting performance, were bowled out with five overs remaining.
Their top scorers were Daniel Humphreys and Adam Reid, who today will be playing for Methodist College in the Schools' Cup semi-final against BRA back at Osborne Park (11.30am).
The remaining two games for the MCC this week, against the Emerging Knights, though, are off. Carrickfergus was due to host the double-header today and tomorrow but Middle Road is unplayable and the Knights were unable to find another ground.
Scores: MCC 213 (J Metcalfe 99 not out, R Willis 39; H Minford 3-25, J Houlohan 2-11). Ulster Schools 162 (D Humphreys 45, A Reid 35, M Hutchinson 20; M Foster 5-32, C Andrews 2-22). MCC won by 51 runs.
NORTH WEST WARRIORS 1ST INNS
W Porterfield b Chase 25
B Louw b Chase 7
A Gillespie b Kane 22
S Thompson lbw b O'Brien 12
D Rankin c Balbirnie b Dockrell 1
A McBrine lbw b Kane 13
G Kennedy not out 12
G Hume c McLoughlin-Gavin b Singh 0
C Young c Tector b Dockrell 8
B Rankin c Dockrell b Singh 0
D Scanlon lbw b Singh 21
Extras (2b 12lb) 14
Total (59.3 overs) 135
Fall: 1-35 2-52 3-70 4-73 5-85 6-90 7-95 8-106 9-107
Bowling: T Kane 12-4-25-2, P Chase 8-1-24-2, F Hand 7-3-10-0, G Dockrell 15-5-41-2, K O'Bruien 5-2-6-1, S Singh 12.3-6-15-3
LEINSTER LIGHTNING 1st INNS
J Tector b Young 15
C McLoughlin-Gavin not out 18
A Balbirnie not out 15
Extras (1lb) 1
Total (1 wkt, 13 overs) 49
To bat: S Singh, K O'Brien, L Tucker, G Dockrell, G Delany, T Kane, F Hand, P Chase
Bowling: C Young 4-0-14-1, D Scanlon 3-1-13-0, G Hume 3-0-13-0, B Rankin 3-0-8-0