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Knights battle it out for a draw with Warriors

Northern Knights captain Andrew White and Greg Thompson played out the last 23 overs to earn a draw in their Inter-provincial Championship game against the North West Warriors on an excellent Downpatrick surface.

White, Ireland's second most capped international, loves the longest format and saving a game is in his cricketing DNA.

He was 59 not out, from 114 balls, when Warriors called off their pursuit of victory 17 minutes early.

They had added 74 in eight overs at the start of the day to leave the Knights an unlikely 395 to win in a minimum of 94 overs. Craig Young struck with the second ball, bowling Chris Dougherty. But that was as good as it got for Warriors despite Young taking two more wickets in 22 balls in an impressive second spell.

But until Andy McBrine took two wickets either side of tea, the support was lacking and when he and Graeme McCarter failed to make a breakthrough with the second new ball, the game was up with the pitch the only winner.

Scores: North West Warriors: 272 (S Thompson 113, S Campbell 76; P Eaglestone 4-64 N Gill 3-37) and 286-5 dec (K Vardhan 137 not out, J Frylinck 70, S Thompson 32, G McCarter 20 not out; N Gill 3-60)

Northern Knights 164: (S Getkate 78; A McBrine 3-31, G McCarter 3-34, C Young 3-44) and 257-5 (J Shannon 66, R van der Dussen 61, A White 59 not out, G Thompson 25 not out, L Nelson 20; C Young 3-57, A McBrine 2-52).

Match drawn

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