McBrine and Doheny steer Warriors to a win
A superb 240-run partnership between Andy McBrine and Stephen Doheny saw the North West Warriors post a comfortable 63-run victory over the Northern Knights in their IP50 Cup match at Stormont this afternoon.
After William Porterfield was dismissed from just the second delivery of the morning, the two batsmen spent the next 40 overs taking on all comers and putting their team firmly in the driving seat in the contest.
It proved to be a difficult day for the home side’s bowlers- skipper McBrine hitting 15 fours and a six in his 117- his second successive ‘ton’ in the competition, the Warriors washed out game against Lightning last week notwithstanding.
Both men were finally out in quick succession- Doheny so unfortunate to miss out on a thoroughly deserved century by just 3 runs. The ‘keeper/batsman hit 8 fours in his 97 and the bulk of the damage seemed to have been done by then.
Grahame Hume made 27 not out from 15 balls and Jared Wilson an unbeaten 21 as that pair added 42 in the last 4 overs as the Warriors racked up 304-4 in their 50 overs.
The Knights needed to start well to be in with a chance but once again some tight bowling from the visitors pinned them back early in the reply.
James McCollum, Ruhan Pretorius and Jeremy Lawlor all went early, while skipper Mark Adair (19) hung around a bit longer with Ali Chore as the home side reached 87-4.
Chore was holding the innings together and when he went for a well-played 65 (3 fours, 1 six) the visitors looked well in control.
Neil Rock and Ross Adair had other ideas however and put together a very quick 64-run stand before the latter fell to Hume for a 22-ball 45 that included 5 sixes and a four.
Rock had a few more lofty blows in him- his 62 included 5 sixes and 4 fours before Conor Olphert (3-83) returned to the attack to put an end to any chance of a sting in the tail.
Matthew Humphreys, batting for the injured Foster made a defiant 15 at the end but the writing was on the wall long before Scott Macbeth trapped him lbw with his first ball of the day to wrap it up- the Knights all out for 241 in the end.
Another very solid showing by the Warriors, this, and in McBrine and Doheny, two batsmen right at the top of their form.
Next up for Boyd Rankin’s charges is their ‘home’ T20 Festival which gets under way at Bready next Friday.
Full scorecard available here: Match centre
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