The Northern Knights made light of the absence of Paul Stirling to post a polished 8-wicket win over the Warriors at Comber this afternoon.

Having only just edged out the North West side at Bready last month this was an emphatic follow up which sets Simon Johnston's side up for a showdown with Leinster Lightning on Thursday.

The home side dominated pretty much throughout, save for a 33-run second wicket stand between William Porterfield and Ryan Hunter as the visitors batted first.

The former Ireland skipper hit 2 fours and 2 sixes in his brisk 26 while Brigade batsman Hunter dug in for a welcome 37.

Andy McBrine's 22 was best of the rest with Graham Hume (12) the only other to make double figures as the Warriors' batting again failed to fire. Their last wicket fell from the final delivery of the 20 overs with the total on 115.

Mark Adair (4-14) was excellent for the Knights with the ball, while Graham McCarter chipped in with 2-13.

The NCU side wasted little time setting off after the modest target with James McCollum picking the attack off at will.

He hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in a 53-ball 79* with support coming from Harry Tector (22).

Andy McBrine (1-15 from 4 overs) fared best of the Warriors' bowling with Craig Young (1-16 from 2) the only other wicket-taker in an 8 wicket win for the Knights.

Impressive from the home side this, but some soul searching for the visitors as they head to Balrothery on Thursday for a double-header against Munster Reds.

At Comber, Northern Knights beat North West Warriors by 8 wickets.

NW Warriors 115 all out (20 overs; R Hunter 37, W Porterfield 26, A McBrine 22, M Adair 4-14, G McCarter 2-13)

Northern Knights 119-2 (14.2 overs; J McCollum 79*, H Tector 22)