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Wilson can draw comfort with late bonus for Knights

 

By Ian Callender

After two days ruined by the weather, Gary Wilson's decision to keep the Inter-provincial Championship clash at Stormont going until after 8pm last night was rewarded with a seventh Leinster Lightning wicket.

Marc Ellison's catch, close in on the off side, to dismiss Lightning skipper George Dockrell with the third last ball of the match closes the gap at the top of the table to a single point, with each team having one game to play against North West Warriors.

With play unable to start until after lunch yesterday, because of the effects of Wednesday rain, the final day was always going to be about bonus points - a drawn match was inevitable - and Wilson's decision to declare as soon as they earned their first batting point made clear that it was easier to take wickets rather than score runs.

His adventure was rewarded as he claimed his first bowling point in the 31st of the 54 overs left in the match and took his second in successive overs, which included the big one of Andrew Balbirnie after a classy 81, with 10 fours and a six.

The one concern for Lightning, ahead of the next game at Balrothery on Monday, was that Kevin O'Brien pulled up in his sixth over, feeling his hamstring, and would not have batted.

Meanwhile, Ireland's women made a convincing start to the Quadrangular series in Deventer with a 79-run win over hosts Netherlands.

Eimear Richardson, with 63 from 41 balls, saw Ireland score 91 from the last 10 overs to finish on 169-5 and once debutant Orla Prendergast had opened the bowling with a maiden, the Dutch were under pressure.

The women also found out their schedule for the World T20 qualifiers in Scotland, and they will begin with a game against late call-ups Namibia on August 31 with group matches against Netherlands (September 1) and Thailand (September 3) to follow.

If Ireland top Group B they will face the runners-up in Group A on September 5 with victory guaranteeing them a place at the T20 World Cup in Australia in February.

SCORES - Deventer: Ireland Women 169-5 (20 overs, E Richardson 63 not out, G Lewis 26, L Paul 26) Netherlands Women 90-7 (20 overs, B de Leede 50; E Richardson 2-7, O Prendergast 2-15). Ireland won by 79 runs.

Scoreboard

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 1ST INNINGS

J McCollum c Tice b Kane 44

M Ellison c sub b McCarthy 18

H Tector not out 31

G Wilson c Tice b O'Brien 21

R Pretorius c O'Brien b Chase 2

S Getkate not out 3

Extras (13b 8lb 8w 2nb) 31

Total (4 wkts dec, 41.3 overs) 150

Did not bat: M Adair, N Rock, G McCarter, J Cameron-Dow, D Delany

Fall: 1-61 2-90 3-137 4-142

Bowling: B McCarthy 15-1-56-1, T Kane 14-3-38-1, P Chase 6.3-2-19-1, K O'Brien 5.4-2-16-1, G Dockrell 0.2-0-0-0

LEINSTER LIGHTNING 1ST INNINGS

J Tector b Delany 26

C McLoughlin-Gavin 0

A Balbirnie lbw b Pretorius 81

S Doheny c Rock b Cameron-Dow 15

S Singh c Adair b Delany 41

G Dockrell c Ellison b Tector 9

T Kane c Rock b Delany 19

B McCarthy not out 8

Extras (9b 5lb 2w 2nb) 18

Total (7 wkts, 53.4 overs) 217

Did not bat: K O'Brien, P Chase.

Fall: 1-10 2-65 3-119 4-179 5-179 6-202 7-217

Bowling: G McCarter 15-2-56-0, M Adair 5-2-22-1, D Delany 11-1-48-3, R Pretorius 12-1-35-1, S Getkate 2-0-13-0, J Cameron-Dow 8-1-29-1, H Tector 0.4-0-0-1

Match drawn

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