The Emerging Knights drew their 2-day match with MCC coming up 6 runs short in a chase which saw them finish 8 wickets down.
Day one was dominated by the batting of Harry Smallwood who scored 138 of the MCC total of 253/6 before a declaration at Tea.
The young Knights then batted through to the close of play, ending the day at 118/4, a deficit of 135.
Quick runs was the instruction for the Day 2 morning session in which the Knights were bowled out for 207, Arnie Wright with 43 the top scorer, giving the MCC a first innings lead of 46.
In their second innings MCC scored 150/8 in 32 overs and set the Knights 197 to win in what turned out to be 32 overs.
The Knights chase was led by John Matchett (61) and going into the final hour with 17 overs remaining the Knights needed a further 140 runs.
That came down to 97 off the final ten, a target which proved to be just out of reach.
Thirteen were required from the final over with just two wickets remaining but Harry Warke and Arnie Wright could only manage seven and an exciting game ended very much honours even.
A first experience of 2-day cricket for some of the young Knights and something Iím sure the Knights management will want to see repeated.
At Carrickfergus CC, 20/21 June 2018.
Emerging Knights drew with MCC.
MCC 253/6 dec. (H Smallwood 138; A Adey 2-44)
and 150/8 dec. (C McMorran 28, A Potter 26; M McCord 3-15, L Allison 3-42)
Emerging Knights 207 ( A Wright 43, J Matchett 37, A Adey 34; A Hawkins-Kay 2-29, G Williams 2-36)
and 191/8 (J Matchett 61, J Burton 37, A Adey 29; F Simon 2-35)