Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
PJ Moor, the former Zimbabwe Test player now qualifying to play for Ireland, lit up the opening day of the T20 festival at Bready yesterday with a match-winning 95 not out as Munster Reds stunned holders Leinster Lightning.
It was a third defeat in four games for George Dockrell’s side, who have now lost to all three inter-provincial rivals, but the international attack of Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Simi Singh and Dockrell had no answer to the strokeplay of the Zimbabwean who finished the game with two overs to spare.
After restricting Lightning to 133 for nine – which included a last wicket partnership of 24, after Andrew Balbirnie, Dockrell and Lorcan Tucker scored a total of seven runs – Moor was unfazed by the loss of two wickets in the first over.
He reached his 50 in 38 balls and needed only 20 to score his next 42 runs, finishing with 10 fours and four sixes.
The Reds performance was all the more remarkable as they are without three injured internationals, skipper Tyrone Kane, ruled out for six weeks, Curtis Campher and Gareth Delany.
The first match of the weekend was a thriller when North West Warriors beat Northern Knights by one run.
Chasing the hosts 160 for six, Paul Stirling was caught at cover off Craig Young for one and at 111 for six in the 17th over it looked game over. But Ross Adair and Neil Rock added 36 in 16 balls, leaving 14 to win from the last five.
After two fours from Adair, he needed to hit Shane Getkate for another of the last ball but was run out going for the third to tie the scores.