Test history boys inspire Warriors to deck Knights
Ireland coach Graham Ford may be looking for new talent to emerge for the forthcoming Twenty20 internationals, but it was the experienced names who were the match winners in last night's opening inter-provincial Trophy games.
North West Warriors beat Northern Knights at Stormont with Craig Young taking four wickets and David Rankin, Stuart Thompson and Ireland captain William Porterfield scoring the bulk of the runs, while in Pembroke, George Dockrell and Peter Chase took five of the wickets as Leinster Lightning hammered the Munster Reds by 80 runs.
A second wicket stand of 92 in nine overs between Rankin and Porterfield backed up a fast start by Thompson to take Warriors to 66 for six, and two wickets in two balls by Young halted Knights' charge for victory, the home side falling 25 runs short.
Thompson, fresh from his heroics in the Test match, hit 28 of the first 37 runs off 21 balls, with three fours and two sixes, before Porterfield followed up with 46 from just 29 balls, including five fours and two sixes.
Rankin, who has not given up hope of an Ireland recall three years after he played two Twenty20 internationals on his home ground, brought up his half century from 47 deliveries but was bowled next ball.
Knights captain James Shannon missed the match with a back spasm but North Down's Alistair Shields made light of his absence to share an opening stand of 81 with Nigel Jones.
Stormont: North West Warriors 166-5 (D Rankin 51, W Porterfield 46, S Thompson 28; N Jones 2-21) Northern Knights 141 (20 overs, N Jones 57, A Shields 40; C Young 4-21, D Scanlon 3-25). North West Warriors won by 25 runs.
Sydney Parade: Leinster Lightning 160-6 (G Delany 77, S Terry 33 not out; Yaqoob Ali 4-29) Munster Reds 80 (15.4 overs, J Grassi 21; G Dockrell 3-15, J Carroll 2-10, S Singh 2-18, P Chase 2-23).
Leinster Lightning won by 80 runs