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Northern Knights help spoil Reds' big day but Warriors are cut down


By Ian Callender

While Northern Ireland basked in sunshine yesterday, Munster Reds' first Twenty20 inter-provincial was affected by rain and Northern Knights further ruined their big day with a nine-runs DLS victory.

The bunting was out at The Mardyke for the historic match but the start was delayed, the Knights' innings was reduced to 15 overs and the game was ended two overs early by bad light.

Indeed, the only thing the Reds won all day was the toss, and that was because James Shannon called wrongly. But Jack Tector, albeit not from Munster, had the honour of scoring the Reds' first 50 from 34 balls with seven fours, but he had nobody to keep pace with him and when he was caught off Gary Kidd just before the light closed in, the Knights were in control.

Jacob Mulder took two wickets in his first bowl of the season and Adam Dennison hit three fours and two sixes in top scoring with 33.

It was not such a good night for the North West Warriors as they collapsed to 42 for six, in reply to Leinster Lightning's 153 for eight, at Bready with George Dockrell taking three wickets in successive overs, including captain Andy McBrine for one.

Despite Johnny Robinson hitting three sixes, the winning margin for the holders was 56 runs.

Bready: Leinster Lightning 153-8 (A Balbirnie 44, G Dockrell 29 not out, S Singh 27, M Sorensen 23; A McBrine 3-19) North West Warriors 97 (17 overs, J Robinson 38 not out; E Richardson 3-11, G Dockrell 3-20, K O'Brien 2-14). Lightning won by 56 runs.

Mardyke: Northern Knights 123-8 (15 overs, A Dennison 33, G McCarter 25, S Grobler 3-12, H Tector 2-17, M Neville 2-22) Munster Reds 92-5 (13 overs, J Tector 59; J Mulder 2-13, G Kidd 2-25). Knights won by 9 runs (DLS).

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