Tough day at the office for NW Warriors

This year’s Test Triangle T20 Cup started badly for the North West Warriors as the Northern Knights recorded a 7-wicket win over Andy McBrine’s men at Pembroke earlier today.

Adam McDaid top scored with 17 not out in a disappointing total of 78 as Shane Getkate (5-8) starred with the ball for the Belfast-based side.

James McCollum hit an unbeaten 38 and Getkate added 27 as the Knights chased down the small target with the minimum of fuss.

Speaking after the game, Warriors Head Coach Ian McGregor was realistic about the day’s events.

“For the first time this season we had pretty much our strongest squad available for this week’s 3-day game at Bready. I was looking forward to a good game against Lightning and assessing where we’re at on the back of that, however the weather during the week scuppered those plans” he began.

“It’s no secret that we had selection problems for this weekend because there were domestic T20 Cup and senior cup games taking place at the same time. Fair play to the Union who did their best to keep the weekend as free as possible, however earlier abandonments left us with a few problems because clubs will obviously want their non-contracted players available for their big matches.”

“Despite that we’re obviously disappointed with today’s performance. We had a good chat afterwards and while I accept that these things can happen in T20 cricket, our response is now key.”

“There is no bigger test of a team’s resolve than playing Leinster Lightning, and that’s what we have tomorrow. I would like to think we’ll see a reaction from the players over the next couple of days.”

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