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North West Warriors slayed by the Northern Knights

By Ian Callender

Northern Knights made it two wins out of two in the Inter-provincial Cup against North West Warriors at Coleraine yesterday and although the final margin was three runs, it was much more comfortable.

Warriors skipper Andy McBrine hit the last ball of the match for six to close the unbridgeable gap as the home batting floundered again.

Set a revised target of 168 in 35 overs, after the second rain interruption of the day, Craig Averill and David Rankin put on 63 for the first wicket but it used up 19 overs - both had strike rates of less than 50 - and when professional Marco Marais was bowled for just 10, Warriors needed to double their score in the last 11 overs.

The Knights spin attack proved too good and they lost four wickets for 14 runs, one of them a contender for catch of the season from Greg Thompson. His namesake Stuart skied Gary Kidd to mid-wicket and the Waringstown all-rounder, running with his back to the ball, took a diving catch just before it hit the ground.

At 106 for six, in the 30th over, it looked all over bar the shouting but, credit to the Ricky-Lee Dougherty and Graeme McCarter, who, along with McBrine, at least went down fighting, the latter's successive boundaries leaving Knights requiring 20 from 10 balls. But Peter Eakin got his revenge next ball and although Phil Eaglestone failed to take a wicket in the last over, he conceded only six off his first five balls to leave the last delivery meaningless.

Knights captain Andrew White started the collapse and received superb support from Gary Kidd, James Cameron-Dow and, with his first bowl of the season, Lee Nelson, who also took a wicket in his second over.

CIYMS professional Rassie van der Dussen dominated the Knights innings which started at 48 overs before being reduced to 39, but it was only when the powerplay was called in the 36th over that the South African moved up a gear, finishing with 93 from 96 balls with seven fours and two sixes as the Knights added 39 in the last four overs.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS: C Dougherty lbw b McBrine 12, N Jones c Campbell b Thompson 2, R van der Dussen c McCarter b Thompson 93, J Shannon st Dougherty b Campbell 31, L Nelson c McBrine b Marais 18, G Thompson not out 13, A White not out 2. Extras (3lb 1nb 7w) 11. Total (5 wkts, 39 overs) 182. Did not bat: G Kidd, P Eakin, J Cameron-Dow, P Eaglestone. Fall: 1-15 2-33 3-84 4-132 5-175. Bowling: G McCarter 8-1-32-0, S Thompson 8-0-49-2, A McBrine 8-1-20-1, G McClintock 3-0-18-0, R Chopra 5-0-25-0, S Campbell 5-0-27-1, M Marais 2-0-8-1

NORTH WEST WARRIORS: C Averill st Dougherty b Kidd 36, D Rankin b White 27, M Marais b White 10 S Thompson c Thompson b Kidd 11A McBrine not out 27 S Campbell st Dougherty b Nelson 3 G McClintock st Dougherty b Cameron-Dow 3RL Dougherty c Shannon b Jones 15 G McCarter c Eaglestone b Eakin 8 W McClintock not out 4 Extras (3b 7lb 8w 2nb) 20

Total (8 wickets, 35 overs) 164

Fall: 1-63 2-79 3-92 4-97 5-101 6-106 7-139 8-147

Bowling: P Eaglestone 4-0-24-0 N Jones 7-0-28-1 G Kidd 7-0-24-2, J Cameron-Dow 7-0-23-1, P Eakin 2-0-16-1, A White 5-0-22-2, L Nelson 3-0-17-1

Northern Knights won by 3 runs (D/L)

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