Warriors start Home T20 Festival with a win

The North West Warriors started the second T20 Festival of the summer in the same manner as they began the first, posting a 6-wicket (DLS) win over the Northern Knights at Bready.

There was rain in the air at Magheramason today meaning a 30-minute delay to proceedings to start with; and then another stoppage during the home side’s reply which meant a revised target for Andy McBrine’s men.

James McCollum gave the Belfast side a solid start as they batted first- McCollum and Morgan Topping (20) putting on 37 for the second wicket and then the opener and Ruhan Pretorius (30) adding 44 more for the third.

The Waringstown batsman was eventually out for 49 (2 fours) as the Warriors managed to stem the flow of runs; only Ross Adair (16) making it to double figures after that as the Knights closed on 148-7.

Just 8 runs came off the last two overs- skipper McBrine (2-22) and the returning Craig Young (2-39) among the wickets, but Graham Hume’s 1-9 from 3 overs was very impressive in the windy conditions.

The Warriors reply started tentatively with Nathan McGuire hit on the elbow and forced off while his replacement, Jared Wilson was run out three balls later.

A match-defining 80-run stand between Shane Getkate and Stephen Doheny put paid to any hopes of the visitors capitalising however.

The players came off for rain after 6.2 overs with the score on 47-1 and when they returned, the Warriors needed a total of 109 in 14 overs- 62 more in 46 balls.

Doheny was out for 35 near the end (3 fours, one six), but Getkate stood firm and his 46* (3 fours, 3 sixes) made off just 26 deliveries, sealed a 6-wicket win with almost an over left unused.

Another good start for Boyd Rankins charges this, with a crunch game against Munster Reds next up on Saturday afternoon (3.30).

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