North West Warriors thunder into the Leinster Lightning attack
North West Warriors enjoyed their best ever day in the inter-provincial championship when they bowled out title holders, Leinster Lightning, for 101 on the first day of the season's opener at Clontarf.
After posting their highest three-day total, they had the luxury of enforcing the follow-on and Lightning started the second day still needing 157 to avoid an embarrassing innings defeat.
With the threat of rain tomorrow afternoon, Warriors did not want to waste any time in building on their advantage, spearheaded by the bowling of internationals Graeme McCarter, the pick of the quartet, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young.
Andy McBrine needed to bowl only one over and even that was a wicket maiden.
The batting, if anything, disappointed as six batsmen reached 20, but only one got past 50 and even Marco Marais, the Fox Lodge professional, was bowled for 66, including nine boundaries.
There were question marks over his two centuries in his first two innings as they were "only in the North West Championship," but some of his strokes graced the representative stage.
Thompson, to his credit, matched him shot for shot and hit eight boundaries in his impressive knock of 41, from just 47 balls while skipper McBrine wasn't far behind with 42 from 50 balls, including the only six of the day.
Lightning put up some late resistance in both three-day games last season to overturn Warriors' dominance, so the Warriors will know that there is still plenty of work ahead to claim only their second ever victory in the competition.
In the NCU's Twenty20 Cup, Johnny Thompson took six wickets as Ballymena were bowled out by CIYMS for 29.
There were also easy wins for North Down, against Carrickfergus, and Instonians, for whom Zac Rushe had outstanding figures of four for five, in their game against Lisburn.
Hanley Energy Inter-provincial Championship
At Castle Avenue: North West Warriors 260 (65.2 overs, M Marais 66, A McBrine 42, S Thompson 41, S Campbell 23, C Averill 22, D Rankin 21; S Singh 3-18, T Kane 3-54, E Richardson 2-48) Leinster Lightning 101 (32.4 overs, J Anderson 37, M Sorensen 25 not out; S Thompson 3-24, C Young 3-29, G McCarter 2-20) and 2-0. Today 11am-6.30pm
Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup
At Belmont: Ballymena (13 overs, J Thompson 6-13, J Matchett 2-13, J Cameron-Dow 2-3) CIYMS 30-0 (4.3 overs) CIYMS won by 10 wickets.
At The Green: Carrickfergus 95 (R Eagleson 46, I Kamtekar 26, P Davidson 3-26, P Malan 2-28, P Eakin 3-14) North Down 96-2 (15.4 overs, P Malan 50, D Graham 29). North Down won by eight wickets.
At Shaw's Bridge: Lisburn 87 (D Simpson 34, Z Rushe 4-5, A White 3-14) Instonians 89-1 (10.2 overs, N Smith 36 not out, R Nurse 29 not out). Instonians won by nine wickets
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup: At Queensway, Academy 104-7 (M Warke 20, P Bell 2-18, W Hughes 2-21, K Aphale 2-16), Derriaghy 91 (C Lewis 35, K Aphale 27, M Dickenson 5-21, W Mohammed 3-12). Academy won by 13 runs and are at home to Waringstown in the second round.
Irish Cup second round draw: Pembroke v Ardmore, Leinster v Muckamore, Clontarf v Railway Union or Strabane, YMCA v CIYMS or Merrion, Lisburn v CSN, North County v Bready, Co Galway or Fox Lodge v Waringstown, Instonians or Malahide v The Hills. Games to be played Saturday June 6
National Cup second round draw: Ballaghaderreen or Midleton v Bangor; Co Clare v Newbuildings, Co Kerry v Creevedonnell or Dundrum (LCU), Derriaghy v Cork Harlequins, Greystones v Balbriggan or Cliftonville, Laois v Holywood, North Kildare or Drummond v Downpatrick, Rush v Academy or Burndennett.