Doheny stars as Warriors start with a win

The North West Warriors got off to a flying start in the first of this season’s T20 Festivals as a solid bowling display, followed by an excellent knock from Stephen Doheny, saw Boyd Rankin’s charges post a 7-wicket win over the Northern Knights at Comber. 

The visitors gave a first competitive Interpro start to Trent McKeegan and while the Newbuildings youngster bowled well for his 1-17, it was Graham Hume who once again led the line to great effect.

The former Coleraine man picked up 3-29 from his 4 overs- including getting rid of Ruhan Pretorius for 40 just as he had started to look threatening.

Pretorius and Mark Adair (39) enjoyed a 65-run stand off just 38 deliveries that had threatened to see the Knights go big, but once Hume and Andy McBrine (1-27) had removed both set batsmen, the Warriors took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Conor Olphert (2-23) again looked right at home at this level as cameos from Max Burton (22) and Jeremy Lawlor (17) saw the hosts restricted to 149-8 from their 20.

Doheny and Nathan McGuire put the foot down early in reply- adding 34 in less than 5 overs before the Glendermott man fell to Josh Manley for 14. Jared Wilson added 22 before Doheny and skipper McBrine (28 not out) sealed an emphatic win.

The wicketkeeper/batsman’s unbeaten 74 came off just 49 deliveries and included 5 fours and 5 sixes as he helped give his side a great start to the weekend.

Next up for the Warriors is Leinster Lightning at 11am tomorrow where they will be hoping to continue this good run of form.

 

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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