Ireland international Paul Stirling was in scintillating form in the second eliminator match at the Abu Dhabi T20 League.
Stirling hit an astonishing 48 off 12 balls, his runs coming exclusively in boundaries – three fours and six sixes – in an opening partnership of 55 with West Indian legend Chris Gayle.
His first three maximums came off successive balls in the first over from South African left arm pace man Wayne Parnell and Team Abu Dhabi had 40 on the board at the end of the second as Stirling added another four and two sixes to his tally.
Both batsmen were out in successive balls at the start of the fourth over however – Stirling to a fine catch at deep mid-off - and a further five wickets fell as only 59 runs were added in the remaining seven overs, with 16 the second top score.
But 49 from Rovman Powell, who scored a century against Ireland at the 2019 World Cup Qualifier in Harare, and 46 not out from West Indies team-mate Lendl Simmons, a cousin of former Ireland coach Phil, won the game for Northern Warriors by seven wickets with two balls to spare to book their place in the final.