The North West Warriors are on the brink of defeat to the Leinster Lightning after an enthralling day’s play at Bready.
The home team completely blew a strong first-innings position, having reduced the Dubliners to 126 for nine in pursuit of their own 176 all out.
However, the match turned on a remarkable last-wicket partnership of 93 between Max Sorensen (42) and Fintan McAllister (48 no) that turned a likely deficit for the Lightning into a 44-run lead.
Worse was to follow for the Warriors before the close as they were reduced to a scarcely believable 20 for five in the space of 13.1 overs. John Mooney, the Ireland all-rounder, recorded brilliant figures of four for eight in seven overs.
Openers David Barr and Jason Milligan and first innings top scorer Niall McDonnell are all gone, along with professionals Tabish Khan and Ernest Kemm.
The close came with the Warriors still 24 runs behind Leinster.
Surely only rain can save them on Thursday.