The NW Warriors pulled off an unlikely three-run win against the Northern Knights in a rain -affected contest at Stormont.

Heavy rain looked as it would win the day with the Knights 26 for 2 in 8.3 overs chasing the Warriors 188.

However, sterling work by the ground-staff saw both teams get on the park, with the hosts facing a 111 target in 20 overs - 85 needed from 69 balls.

It all looked very straightforward as Harry Tector (25) and Gary Wilson (40) took them to 81 for 2 after 15.1 overs - leaving 30 off 29 balls with an array of power hitters waiting in the wings. Surely a forgone conclusion?

Somebody forgot to tell the young Warriors attack though, and in quite remarkable passage of play they threw their wickets away to finish three runs short.

Teenagers Graham Kennedy and debutant Gregory McFaul took two wickets apiece, with both showing great skill and courage in the tense closing stages.

Aaron Gillespie also took two wickets including the vital one of Gary Wilson, to complete a fine all-round display for the Strabane man.

Earlier he and skipper William Porterfield both scored half centuries as they shared a third wicket stand of exactly 100.

They both faced 97 balls, which showed that the track may not be the easiest.

Shane Getkate's excellent early season form continued as he took four wickets, while Harry Tector (3-34) also bowled well and affected two run outs.

The sides meet again at Comber in their three-day Championship clash which gets under way on Tuesday at 11am.

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