WARRIORS ON TOP AFTER DAY 2 IN THE FIRST HANLEY ENERGY IPC GAME
Andrew Balbirnie’s century has given Leinster Lightning a chance of avoiding defeat in this season’s opening Interprovincial Championship fixture against the North West Warriors at Pembroke.
Playing on his home ground, the Ireland International held the Dubliners’ innings together with a classy 103 not out as Lightning ended Day 2 on 256-8; still 104 runs away from avoiding the follow-on- after the Warriors declared on a mammoth 509-9.
Balbirnie shared a 2nd wicket stand of 104 with Jack Tector who made a very important 53 as Andy McBrine’s men put on the squeeze.
Elsewhere, however, the Warriors were on top despite losing Niall O’Brien to illness during the second innings.
Earlier in the day O’Brien and Stuart Thompson had taken their partnership to 308 before both finally fell in reasonably quick succession for 165 and 148 respectively- a stunning effort from the Ireland team-mates.
An unbeaten 52 from David Rankin batting at number 7 and a quick 21 from Boyd had helped the visitors to their record total while George Dockrell finished with figures of 3-120. Kevin O’Brien, Tyrone Kane and Peter Chase all picked up two wickets apiece.
Craig Young (2-44) and Davy Scanlon (2-47) were best with the ball for the Warriors on an excellent day for them.
Lawrence Moore Speaks to North West Warriors Skipper Andy McBrine
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