Odran Flynn (CricketEurope)
North-West Warriors overwhelmed a shell-shocked Northern Knights in the second of todayís matches in the IPT20 festival in Pembroke.
Having restricted the Knights to a well below par score of 135-9 in their twenty overs the Warriors then proceeded to blast their way to victory with an astonishing 53 deliveries to spare.
James McCollum had top scored for the Knights with 48, but no one else could get past 13 as North-West Warriors bowlers dominated a Northern Knights batting line-up that looked strong on paper but turned out to be fragile in reality.
McCollum got his runs from 37 balls, and it included 7 fours and a six. However, there was never any momentum to the innings as a steady stream of batsmen made their way back to the team tent.
Boundary for Stephen Doheny: Pic Rodney Smythe
All six bowlers used got among the wickets and there was also a run-out. The three spinners used bowled 9 overs between them and conceded just 49 runs while taking out four batsmen.
Irelandís premier spinner, Andy McBrine, led the way with 1-20 off his full complement and he was well supported by Graham Kennedy with 2-21 and Ross Allen 1-8.
Craig Young 1-22 maintained the form that he had shown against the Netherlands while Graham Hume 2-30 was again among the wickets.
Stephen Doheny and William Porterfield blitzed their way to 41 off 20 balls and after the former Ireland captain departed, Nathan McGuire had a brief seven ball cameo which yielded 14 runs.
Stephen Doheny acknowledges applause for his fifty: Pic Rodney Smythe
However, it was the arrival of Shane Getkate to join Doheny that saw the innings go into overdrive. The pair added 45 runs in three overs, matching each other shot for shot and by the time Doheny departed for a superb 27 ball 54, only 24 runs were needed.
Doheny mixed power and subtlety in his most eye-catching representative innings and his 8 fours and 2 sixes bear testimony to his desire to put his name in the hat for the upcoming T20Iís.
Getkate also grabbed attention with a 13 ball 36 and it was fitting that the game ended with a maximum as William McClintock smashed a Ross Adair delivery over square leg.
None of the Knights bowlers will want to linger long looking at their bowling figures tonight although Ben White continued to attack with his wrist spin and while he conceded 38 runs in 3 overs, he also got two well deserved wickets.
It was good to see David Delany back bowling at this level and this outing will help take the rustiness out of his game which was clearly apparent as he never attempted to bowl at full pace.
So, the first day ends with Lightning and Warriors locked together at the top of the table, albeit Warriors have a better run rate.
But as Scarlett OíHara famously said tomorrow is another day.
North-West Warriors beat Northern Knights by 7 wickets.
Northern Knights 135-9 off 20 overs (J. McCollum 48, G. Kennedy 2-21, G. Hume 2-30) North-West Warriors 138-3 off 11.1 overs (S. Doheny 54, S. Getkate 36*, B. White 2-38)