Warriors win Lightning thriller

The North West Warriors made it two wins from two starts in the IPT20 Cup at Comber this afternoon with a thrilling one-run victory over Leinster Lightning. 

It was evenly matched all the way after the Warriors were put in to bat with Stephen Doheny and Nathan McGuire giving their side a solid 47-run start for the first wicket.

McGuire was first to depart having made 21, followed by Jared Wilson (12) and then Doheny for a well played 46 (3 sixes, 2 fours)- all three batsmen falling to Gavin Hoey (3-30).

Shane Getkate chipped in with 14 before an unbroken 35-run stand between Graham Hume and William McClintock got the Warriors’ noses in front.

Hume made an unbeaten 29 from just 10 deliveries (3 fours, 2 sixes) with McClintock’s 22* unusually more circumspect as the innings closed on 159-5.

Ryan Macbeth (2-18) bowled beautifully to dismiss both Andrew Balbirnie and Tim Tector at the start of Lightning’s reply before Simi Singh (25) steadied the ship.

A 44-run stand between Lorcan Tucker (44) and Harry Tector (41) seemed to have handed the Dublin side the initiative but Conor Olphert shifted the balance again, as he removed both set batsmen.

Graham Kennedy then entered the fray and three wickets for the former Ballyspallen man had the game on a knife edge heading into the final overs.

Greg Ford was still there (25 not out) with Andy McBrine bowling the final over with just three runs to play with the last pair in the middle.

The Donemana man managed to get Mikey O’Reilly on strike and bowled him with the fourth ball of the 20th over to secure a magnificent win for the Warriors.

The skipper will know his side has an equally tough task tomorrow morning against in-form Munster Reds, but they can reflect tonight on a win that showed a massive amount of character.



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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