Defeat for Warriors as Reds claim top spot

The North West Warriors ended an otherwise solid weekend of cricket with defeat to Munster Reds this morning leaving Boyd Rankin’s charges in second place in the table at the end of the first T20 Festival.

It was the clash of the two unbeaten teams at Comber on Sunday- both having recorded wins over Lightning and the Knights on Friday and Saturday- but in truth the Munster men were in control throughout in a 100-run defeat.

The Reds set a huge target of 206-6 having been put in to bat, notably with all of the top order chipping in.

Cormac Hassett (33) and PJ Moore (29) shared a 52-run opening stand and the rate only increased from there as Gareth Delany hit an 18-ball 40 (4 fours, 3 sixes).

Delany and Hassett added 55 more for the second before Tyrone Kane entered the fray and clubbed 53 not out (3 fours, 5 sixes) made off just 27 balls.

Kevin O’Brien made a quick 26 (2 fours, 2 sixes) as the Reds finished with a flourish- 89 runs coming from the last six overs.

Conor Olphert (2-34) was the most successful bowler on a difficult day for the North West attack.

The Warriors reply was soon in deep trouble- Kane (2-6), Gareth Delany (2-8), David Delany (1-9) and Curtis Campher (1-12) all bang on target as the batting side were reduced to 39-6 early on.

To be fair, Jared Wilson played an excellent knock to hold the reply together- he and Graham Kennedy (14) adding 33 for the 7th wicket.

It was token resistance in the final reckoning as the Warriors were bowled out for 106 but Newbuildings man Wilson did go on to make an excellent 72* off 46 balls that added respectability to the final total.

The Festival now rolls on to Bready from 10-12 June where we can hopefully look forward another three days of quality cricket.

 

The North West Warriors are kindly sponsored by – Fleming-Agri Products Ltd

Originally set up in Donegal in the northwest of Ireland by Robert John Fleming in 1860, ownership of the company has remained in the Fleming family to the present, ranking as one of the oldest agricultural machinery companies in the UK and Ireland. The company trades in over 20 countries and employs over 100 people in their modern 6-acre site in Newbuildings. They specialise in agricultural, countryside and ground care machinery with over 100 products on offer: https://www.fleming-agri.com/

 

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