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Warriors topple Knights as Lightning strike again


By Ian Callender

North West Warriors won their first match of the season, against Northern Knights, in a low-scoring game at Strabane by three wickets, but Leinster Lightning increased their lead at the top of the Twenty20 Trophy table with a big victory over Munster Reds in last night's other match.

Ireland international Simi Singh was the star performer in Dublin, with his second century in two nights as Lightning piled up 247 for four en route to a 59 runs victory.

But Johnny Thompson's 39 was the top score at Strabane on a slow pitch where runs were difficult to come by. It was a pitch Craig Young would love to carry round with him and the Ireland international finished with five for 15, equalling the best figures in the competition.

He struck with his fourth ball, having Knights skipper James Shannon caught at cover and took two more in his second over, Michael Gilmour held at mid-off and Nikolai Smith, second ball, to a fine diving catch by wicket-keeper Ricky-Lee Dougherty.

Young was taken out of the attack and didn't return until the 18th over but Robert McKinley didn't survive that over, caught at long-off - the one wicket given away by the batsmen - and with four balls to spare Young wrapped up the innings with a return catch off Gary Kidd.

In between Young's spells, the Knights scored 69 for four and one of those wickets was the unlucky run-out of Greg Thompson, out of his crease when Shane Getkate's drive was deflected onto the stumps by bowler Johnny Robinson.

The ball of the innings, however, was sent down by another current Ireland international, Stuart Thompson. Jamie Holmes, getting a rare start after successive 12th man duties, was the unlucky batsman to get a touch to a brut of a lifter.

Graeme McCarter's final flourish, which included three sixes, took the Knights total into three figures but at halfway, 118 just didn't look enough.

With none of the Knights bowlers able to emulate Young it wasn't, although it needed two sixes from Aaron Gillespie to ease any late worries after Thompson (three sixes) and Andy McBrine's 65 runs partnership had put them in control.

At Strabane Park, North West Warriors beat Northern Knights by 3 wickets

Northern Knights 118 (19.2 overs, G McCarter 32, A Dennison 25, S Getkate 23; C Young 5-15, S Thompson 2-26) North West Warriors 122-7 (19.1 overs, J Thompson 39, A McBrine 24; Nik Smith 2-23).

At Anglesea Road, Leinster Lightning beat Munster Reds by 59 runs.

Leinster Lightning 247-4 (S Singh 109, M Sorensen 98, A Balbirnie 23; Yaqoob Ali 2-52) Munster Reds 188-9 (20 overs, R Forrest 59, J Tector 50; G Delany 3-25). Leinster Lightning (5 pts) beat Munster Reds (0 pts)

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