Harry Warke’s brilliant century led the NCU Under 17’s to victory in the opening fixture of the interpro series as they beat the NW by 85 runs at The Bleachgreen, Ardmore.
The talented Carrickfergus batsman – son of former Irish international Stephen – stroked 15 fours and one six in his superb 117 from 140 balls as the NCU posted an impressive 270 in idyllic conditions.
He shared a match-defining fifth wicket stand of 148 in 123 balls with Saintfield’s Adam Reid, who hit 3 sixes and 5 fours in a powerful 67 from just 61 balls.
Michael Glass chipped in with an unbeaten 24 as the Knights piled on the runs.
Bready seamer Gregory McFaul was the most successful of the home side attack as he claimed 4 for 63, while Glendermott’s Todd Killen took 2 for 40.
Donaghcloney Mill opening bowler Luke Allison (3-48) dismissed Rhys Logue first ball, and when CSNI’s Hugh Minford (2-30) accounted for Tommy Orr, the junior Warriors were in all sorts of difficulty.
However, Coleraine opener Marcus Poskitt in conjunction with Brigade all-rounder Kyle Magee set about rebuilding the chase as they added 83 in 98 balls to leave the contest evenly poised.
The match turned decisively after Magee was trapped lbw by Adam Simmonite (2-23) for 30, who then bowled Aidan Logue.
Sandwiched inbetween was the run out of the dangerous William Finlay – which saw three wickets falling for just six runs.
All NW hopes now rested with Poskitt, but after making 77 from 90 balls (10 fours, 1 six) he became Allison’s third wicket, and the innings petered out, dismissed for 185, with Ethan Hanna claiming two wickets.
The next match in the series has the Southern XI facing defending champions Leinster in Cork, before all four teams travel to Belfast for the week long series in early July.
Under 17 Interprovincial Series
At The Bleachgreen, NCU beat NW by 85 runs
NCU U17 270 all out (49.3 overs; Harry Warke 117, Adam Reid 67, Michael Glass 24*; Gregory McFaul 4-63, Todd Killen 2-40)
NW U17 185 all out (42.1 overs; Marcus Poskitt 77, Kyle Magee 30; Luke Allison 3-48, Adam Simmonite 2-23, Hugh Minford 2-30, Ethan Hanna 2-43)