Warriors win Stormont thriller

The North West Warriors got their first IPT20 points on the board this afternoon with a nail-biting 5-wicket, final-over win against the Northern Knights at Stormont.

The two innings followed a very similar pattern; the Knights reduced to 95-5 with just four overs left as they batted first, before James McCollum (61 not out) and Ruhan Pretorius (38 not out) plundered 54 from the last 25 deliveries to close on 149-5.

Shane Getkate (2-22) fared best of the visitors’ bowling with Andy McBrine and the Macbeth brothers all picking up a wicket apiece.

The North West side’s reply was equally circumspect early on; they were 101-5 with 21 deliveries left after Jared Wilson (27) Kian Hilton (25) and Scott Macbeth (18) had kept them in it.

The real damage however was to come from Brigade’s Cameron Melly who had scored 21 from 11 deliveries before facing up to Tyron Koen’s final over with 14 needed for the win.

Melly showed really quality to blast 16 runs from the former North West man’s first five deliveries and give Boyd Rankin’s charges a vital win with just one ball to spare.

Matthew Humphreys (2-29) and Matthew Foster (2-33) claimed the bowling honours for the home side, but for the winners, credit too for Getkate who made 12 not out from 8 deliveries at the end, and navigated the strike to ensure Melly got his chance.

The two sides meet again at the same venue in the first 50-over contest of the summer  tomorrow (Thursday) and if it’s half as good a game as this, it’ll be some watch.



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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