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Warriors Run Riot In Interpro Opener

Thompson, O’Brien & Gillespie pile on the runs for Warriors of Day 1

North-West-Warriors-V-Leinster-LightningA stunning unbroken 265-run partnership between Stuart Thompson and Niall O’Brien sends the North West Warriors into Day 2 of their Interprovincial Championship opener in a commanding position against Leinster Lightning at Pembroke.

It was a day of almost complete domination from Ian McGregor’s charges who having been put in to bat, struggled for an hour against the new ball before filling their boots in the next two-and-a-half sessions.

Much of the talk in the run-up to the match had been the inclusion of William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin in the North West side. The Ireland skipper, however, was one of two wickets for the home side in the opening exchanges- Porterfield not offering a shot to a ball from Tyrone Kane that nipped back and clipped his off stump.

David Barr made 16 before he fell to Peter Chase and then Aaron Gillespie did his reputation no harm at all with a quality half-century. The Strabane all-rounder batted superbly in the circumstances and had much of the hard work done when he cut one to Kevin O’Brien at point and was gone for 57.

That was 95-3 and game on again but what followed was a batting masterclass from Thompson and O’Brien.

These two built their stand patiently at first but gradually upped the ante and by the start of the final session were climbing into anything remotely loose from the bowling unit.

The final tally was 358-3 with Thompson unbeaten on a superb 136 (18 fours and 1 six) and O’Brien equally impressive in making 129* (13 fours, 1 six).

Head Coach McGregor is well aware that the reigning champions will be keen to bounce back straight away when action resumes on Wednesday morning but was equally adamant that his side would be ready for that.

“It’s just the first day of the first game in a long summer, but it is exactly the start we were after. I thought we were exceptional today and while Thommo and Nobby will deservedly get all the plaudits, I thought Aaron was excellent too.”

“We have to be careful tomorrow not to let our standards slip, but this group has worked hard over the winter, and this performance hasn’t happened by accident.”

“We have ten guys born and bred in the North West on our side today, and the other two might as well be, as they have bought into this from the start.”

“Today has taken the Warriors to a new level of performance, and while we can certainly enjoy it we have to do everything we can to make sure we maintain those standards”.

Action gets underway at Sydney Parade again at 11 am on Wednesday and Thursday.

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NW Warriors

D Barr             c Tucker b Chase 16

W Porterfield b Kane 2

A Gillespie      c K O’Brien b Chase 57

N O’Brien        not out 129

S THompson  not out 136

Extras 18 Total (3 wkts, 104 overs) 358

Fall: 1-7 2-26 3-93

Bowling:

T Kane            22-5-69-1;

P Chase          21-3-101-2;

K O’Brien        15-3-38-0;

G Dockrell       21-2-77-0;

S Singh           24-7-60-0;

J Anderson      1-0-3-0

Warriors Go With Youth For Final Game

The Warriors have named a mixture of youth and experience in their squad for their final Interprovincial fixture of the season- a 3-day match against Leinster Lightning starting at Bready on Wednesday (11 am).

One new face has made the 12- the rapidly improving Bready bowler Reece Kelly, while Brigade‘s Ryan Macbeth and Fox Lodge spinner Aaron Heywood could both add to their one appearance each so far.

David Barr keeps his place after an excellent summer while man-in-form Davy Scanlon looks sure to speahead the attack in a squad where Ian McGregor has opted to go without an overseas influence.

There’s still no Craig Young although Stuart Thompson, Johnny Thompson and Aaron Gillespie along with the Bready skipper will give Andy McBrine plenty of options against a quality Lightning side.

Niall O’Brien returns too and his presence is sure to give the batting a boost as the Warriors look for the win that would keep the Championship race open.

Just one change, David Delany in for Simi Singh, for the Leinster Lightning ahead of their two matches in two weeks which will decide the destination of the Hanley Energy Interprovincial Championship title for 2017.

The Northern Knights lead the way on 29 points but while the Leinster Lightning sit in third place on 21 points at the moment, they do have a match in hand on both the Knights and the North West Warriors.

The penultimate match of the IPC season takes place at Bready Cricket Club from Wednesday August 30th to Friday September 1st.

The Leinster Lightning are able to select a strong, settled squad for this match. The notable absentee is Simi Singh who is being rested, with a slight shoulder problem, in advance of Ireland’s clash with the West Indies. As a result, Clontarf’s David Delany receives his first call-up this year.

Hanley Energy IPC, North West Warriors v Leinster Lightning, Bready CC, Wednesday August 30th – Friday September 1st, 11am start

North West Warriors Squad;

A McBrine (capt) (Donemana)
R Allen (Eglinton)
D Barr (Brigade)
A Gillespie (Strabane)
A Heywood (Fox Lodge)
R Kelly (Bready)
R Macbeth (Brigade)
N O’Brien (Natwich)
D Rankin (Bready)
D Scanlon (Bready)
J Thompson (Brigade)
S Thompson (Eglinton)

 

Leinster Lightning squad;

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
David Delany (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Ed Joyce       (Merrion)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Exciting Finale in Store For Haney Energy IP20

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The Leinster Lightning travel to Cork on Friday, hoping to secure their second piece of silverware of the season. Defeat against the North West Warriors last time out, brought the Warriors back into contention for the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy.

The Lightning secured the IP50 Cup without playing last Sunday and will be keen to wrap up the Trophy on Friday evening. The game represents a final opportunity to secure the T20 title; having failed to pick up the one point required last time out against the North West Warriors in Merrion Cricket Club.

Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Peter Chase have been held back by Cricket Ireland as a precaution in advance of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands. That means a recall for Merrion’s Tom Stanton and a first call-up this year for Stephen Doheny of Rush. Josh Little comes in to the squad for Chase.

The Munster Reds, meanwhile, have announced an unchanged squad ahead of their final game of the IP20 Series.

They’ll have Irish-selected opener Jack Tector on their side, while his brother Harry joins Aaron Cawley, Max Neville and Rory Anders in all securing Ireland’s place at the U19 World Cup next year. Their experiences in Jersey will stand to them no end.

The Clontarf duo of Robert Forrest and David Delany helped their team to Leinster T20 glory a few weeks ago, and will soon face Reds team-mates Cawley, Stephan Grobler, Gary King and Cormac Hassett in the All-Ireland semi-final at Lisburn on the 20th August.

The game begins at 5pm, and with free admission, a barbecue, refreshments, and plenty for the kids too.

While the Leinster Lightning are the firm favourites to wrap up this format on the back of last week’s IP Cup win, the North West Warriors will be hoping the Munster Reds make the trip to the Mardyke a difficult one for the Lightning.

Should the Lightning lose and the Warriors defeat the Northern Knights, the Warriors could yet win the Hanley Energy IP20 Trophy themselves.

Craig Young remains unavailable as his workload is managed, however Aaron Gillespie returns and Aaron Heywood retains his place courtesy of some big performances for Fox Lodge.

As the Northern Knights cannot win the IP 20 competition the selectors have decided to look at some of the Emerging Knights in this fixture. Included in the squad are: John Matchett, Mark Berry, Alex Haggan and Jamie Magowan.

An intriguing finale to the Hanley Energy IP20 is guaranteed.

Hanley Energy IP20, Munster Reds v Leinster Lightning, 11th August, Mardyke, 5pm.

Munster Reds Squad:

Stephan Grobler (Cork County)
Aaron Cawley (Cork County)
Yaqoob Ali (Co Kerry)
Cormac Hassett (Cork County)
Gary King (Cork County)
Jack Tector (YMCA)
Harry Tector (YMCA)
Jamie Grassi (North County)
Max Neville (Merrion)
Rory Anders (Phoenix)
David Delany (Clontarf)
Robert Forrest (Clontarf)

Leinster Lightning Squad

John Anderson (c) (Merrion)
Peter Chase (Malahide)
Gareth Delany (Leinster)
George Dockrell (v/c) (Dublin University / Leinster)
Stephen Doheny (Rush)
Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
Eddie Richardson (North County)
Simi Singh (YMCA)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Tom Stanton (Merrion)
Sean Terry (The Hills)
Lorcan Tucker (w/k) (Pembroke)

Hanley Energy IP20, Northern Knights v North West Warriors, 11th August, Belmont, (CIYMS CC), 5pm

Northern Knights Squad

James Shannon (Captain)
Adam Berry
Chris Dougherty
Shane Getkate
Alex Haggan
Gary Kidd
Robert McKinley
Jamie Magowan (Wicket Keeper)
John Matchett
Jacob Mulder
Nikolai Smith
Greg Thompson

North West Warriors Squad

Andy McBrine (c) (Donemana)
Ross Allen (Eglinton)
David Barr (Brigade)
Andy Britton (Brigade)
Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana)
Aaron Gillespie (Strabane)
Aaron Heywood (Fox Lodge)
David Rankin (Bready)
Jonny Robinson (Brigade)
David Scanlon (Bready)
Johnny Thompson (Brigade)
Stuart Thompson (Eglinton)

Warriors Rearguard Foils Lightning

O’Brien and Lazars Deny Leinster from first win

Oak Hill Cricket groundNIALL O’BRIEN and Steve Lazars dogged resistance denied Leinster Lightning victory on the final day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship game at Oak Hill.

The pair shared a fourth wicket stand of 132 in 36 overs, which occupied most of the morning session The duo showed all of their experience in denying a determined Lightning attack, for whom George Dockrell was the star performer.

O’Brien top scored with 87 from 192 balls (13 fours), while Lazars made a defiant 62 from 119 deliveries (11 fours).

Even after both were dismissed along with Andy McBrine, the Warriors middle order battled manfully, with determined resistance from Stuart Thompson (40), Johnny Thompson (25) and David Rankin (22). Craig Young even curbed his natural attacking instincts to use up what was to prove a crucial 36 deliveries.

Warriors were eventually dismissed in the 109th over, with Dockrell having the excellent analysis of 6 for 67 in a marathon effort, while there were two wickets apiece for Eddie Richardson and Peter Chase.

With a target of 167 in 17 overs, Lightning attacked from the off, but despite a brave effort could only manage 123 for 3 when the players shook hands on the draw – Jack Tector top scoring with an unbeaten 48.

Lightning lead the table by two points ahead of the Warriors and Knights.

All the teams are back in action tomorrow (FRI) in the IP20 Trophy, when the Warriors entertain Munster Reds at Eglinton, while the Knights have home advantage against Lightning at Shaw’s Bridge – both games get under way at 5pm.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship

Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 3 of 3
North West Warriors 235 and 296 (108.4 overs; N O’Brien 87, S Lazars 62, S Thompson 40: G Dockrell 6-67)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec and 123-3 (16 overs; J Tector 48*, S Singh 27; S Thompson 2-17)

Joyce Century Keeps Leinster in command on day 2

Ed Joyce Cricket IrelandED JOYCE’S 46th first-class century ensured Leinster Lightning maintained the upper hand on the second day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship match against North West Warriors at Oak Hill.

Joyce dominated Lightning’s innings, stroking 23 fours and two sixes as he top scored with 156 as Lightning posted 365 for 9 declared – a first-innings lead of 130.

Lorcan Tucker scored his maiden first-class half-century, hitting 56 from 119 balls (5 fours, 1 six) in a solid Lightning batting display.

Four players got into the twenties, with John Anderson making 29, and George Dockrell, Jack Tector and Simi Singh all scoring 27.

The Warriors attack battled manfully, with Andrew McBrine, Craig Young and David Scanlon all taking three wickets apiece.

With 17 overs to negotiate before the close of play The Warriors were soon in difficulty yet again, losing Irosh Samarasooriya, Ross Allen and Andrew Austin to finish the day on 44 for 3.

The Warriors face a daunting challenge to salvage anything on the final day, and much will depend on the experienced Niall O’Brien (16*) if they are to escape with a draw.

Play on Thursday gets under way again at 11am.

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship

Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors at Oak Hill, Day 2 of 3

North West Warriors 235(87.2 overs; A McBrine 67, D Rankin 47: S Singh 3-59)and 44-3 (17 overs)
Leinster Lightning 365-9 dec (101.3 overs) E Joyce 156, L Tucker 56; C Young 3-70, D Scanlon 3-79, A McBrine 3-91

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