It did look a long way back for the Warriors when the Knights had reduced them to 10/3. Yet a 65 run fourth wicket partnership between Johnny Thompson and Andy McBrine lay the foundation to the win. The Knights bowlers weren't able to apply any sustained pressure to the batting, when ever the Warriors needed a big hit, the bad ball would come.

So the Warriors pick up their first win of the competion and move into second place in the table, on six points. With the Lightning completing a 59 run win over the Munster Red's, to stay unbeaten and pick up a bonus point for the size of the win. Moves the Lightning into a 8 point lead at the top.

With the next round of matches to be played next week, there is still alot to play for. Although we will only have to wait until Tuesday for the next Interpro game, when the Warriors will travel down to Wicklow to play the Lightning in the IPC. So hopefully you will be able to join me then for coverage of that game, until then this is Justin Smyth saying goodnight from Strabane.

19.1
4
Smith to Lazars, FOUR runs, Lazars steps into the shot and gets an inside edge on the ball, hits the pad and takes it fine past the keeper. All the fielders were in close and can't stop it, the Warriors win!
19.1
1w
Smith to Lazars, 1 wide, too far outside off-stump and the scores are tied

END OF OVER:
19 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | NWW: 117/7 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 2.00)

  • Andrew Britton2 (3b)
  • Steve Vijay Lazars9 (6b)
  • Gary Kidd4-0-23-1
  • Shane Getkate4-1-18-1

Last over coming up, the Warriors need two runs. Lots of nervous faces in the crowd

18.6
0
Kidd to Britton, no run, goes back in the crease and looks to play the ball forward. Spins past the bat and its through to the keeper
18.5
2
Kidd to Britton, 2 runs, cuts the ball square on the off-side and manages to find a gap
18.4
0
Kidd to Britton, no run, defends the ball forward, all the fielders are in close

Another couple of wickets here could make things nervous....

18.3
W
Kidd to Gillespie, OUT, full ball, driven up to Shannon at mid-on. Sets off for the run and half way down Lazars sends him back. Gillespie slips over and can't make his ground as the keeper takes off the bails.

AP Gillespie run out (Shannon) 14 (10b 0x4 2x6) SR: 140.00

New ball goes out again as the old one is lost....

18.2
6
Kidd to Gillespie, SIX runs, well that will surely help! Kidd drops short and its pulled over cow corner to bring it down to four for the win!
18.1
1
Kidd to Lazars, 1 run, goes down on one knee and hits the ball out to Holmes at cow corner, less then a run a ball needed now...

END OF OVER:
18 | 9 Runs | NWW: 108/6 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.50)

  • Steve Vijay Lazars8 (5b)
  • Aaron Gillespie8 (8b)
  • Shane Getkate4-1-18-1
  • Gary Kidd3-0-14-1
17.6
1
Getkate to Lazars, 1 run, its full outside off-stump again, another slice on the ball from Lazars. Not as well timed and lands safe of Shannon in the covers
17.5
4
Getkate to Lazars, FOUR runs, full ball outside off-stump, Lazar reaches out and slices the ball to the third man boundary
17.4
1
Getkate to Gillespie, 1 run, slower ball, drifts onto the legstump. Little tickle on the ball takes it fine past the keeper
17.3
1
Getkate to Lazars, 1 run, cracks the ball out to Holmes on the cover boundary, he bobbles the ball and they decide against the second
17.2
1
Getkate to Gillespie, 1 run, drops the ball in front of Thompson at point, Lazars charges down the other end

Brings up the 100 for the Warriors

17.1
1
Getkate to Lazars, 1 run, full ball outside off, gets down on one knee and its hit along the ground to the cover sweeper

END OF OVER:
17 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | NWW: 99/6 (20 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.82, RRR: 6.66)

  • Aaron Gillespie6 (6b)
  • Steve Vijay Lazars1 (1b)
  • Gary Kidd3-0-14-1
  • Jacob Mulder4-0-32-1

Mulder is bowled out, back comes Getkate

16.6
6
Kidd to Gillespie, SIX runs, on legstump and its swept hard towards the square leg boundary. The fielder follows the ball back and jumps up to try and grab the ball back in. Can't get up high enough and it goes all the way, nice way to get off the mark!
16.5
0
Kidd to Gillespie, no run, waits for the ball to spin back in, plays another late cut and can't get the ball past the short third man fielder
16.4
1
Kidd to Lazars, 1 run, full ball, hit along the ground to the cover sweeper

Warriors still need 27 off 22 balls, only 4 wickets left though....

16.3
W
Kidd to Dougherty, OUT, goes back in the crease again and looks to pull the ball into the legside again. Gets a top edge and it flies back towards the bowler and Kidd runs forward to take the catch

RL Dougherty c & b Kidd 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

16.2
0
Kidd to Dougherty, no run, looks to pull the ball into the legside and doesn't time it. Dribbles back up the pitch
16.1
0
Kidd to Dougherty, no run, hits a full ball out into the covers, loud shout of no from the batsman

END OF OVER:
16 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | NWW: 92/5 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 6.75)

  • Aaron Gillespie0 (4b)
  • Rickie-Lee Dougherty5 (2b)
  • Jacob Mulder4-0-32-1
  • Nikolai Smith2-0-18-2
15.6
0
Mulder to Gillespie, no run, defends the ball into the legside and Gilmour is out quickly to stop the run
15.5
0
Mulder to Gillespie, no run, drops the ball into the legside and sets off for the run, the keeper hares after the ball and Gillespie rightly gets sent back

NW Warriors 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
2DA RankinSR Thompson
1SR ThompsonImran Butt
7SR ThompsonJ Thompson
65AR McBrineJ Thompson
12AR McBrineAP Gillespie
5RL DoughertyAP Gillespie
23SV LazarsAP Gillespie
7SV LazarsSA Britton

Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy

TeamMWLPTNRR
LEINS651221.637
NWW63214-0.221
NK633130.273
REDS6052-2.245