Impressive Win for Wilson’s Warriors
The North West Warriors posted a comfortable 5-wicket win over Munster Reds at a chilly Eglinton this afternoon as Gary Wilson’s side bounced back from their defeat in Leinster at the weekend to claim a valuable victory.
The visitors had looked set to post a combative total in a game reduced to 43 overs a side by early morning rain as they reached 199-4 before Ross Allen (3-40) and Andy McBrine (2-36) led the fightback. The last 6 wickets fell for the addition of just 20 runs however, leaving the Warriors chasing a much more gettable 220 to win.
Earlier, a 62-run stand between Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (36) and Murray Commins, and a partnership worth 64 between Commins (61) and Curtis Campher (34) had teed the Reds up nicely before the home side reeled them back.
Once again Graham Hume bowled superbly for the hosts- his 2-18 from 8 overs the standout early spell.
The chase started brightly with William Porterfield (38) and Stephen Doheny (20) putting on 38 for the first wicket, and the runs were shared pretty evenly after that as the Warriors passed their target with more than four overs to spare.
Porterfield looked in good nick before getting the finest of edges on one to PJ Moor while Stuart Thompson played some superb shots in his 42. Andy McBrine seems to be enjoying the Number 3 role as he added 33 while Graham Kennedy (36) and Shane Getkate (35 not out) ensured there would be no late drama.
Head Coach Wilson was delighted to get an early win on the board and felt it was a solid all-round performance.
“We maybe didn’t start too well but Graham Hume was excellent early on and Ross and Andy brought us back into it. All our batsmen got among the runs and it was a comfortable chase in the end. I’m obviously very pleased with the win which I thought we fully deserved.”
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