Andrew McBrine took five for 52 to spin his NW Warriors side to a hard fought 44 run win against The Northern Knights in their Newstalk Inter-Provincial clash at Eglinton.
James McCollum (35) and James Cameron-Dow (18) had added a further 32 runs to the Knights overnight score of 152 for 5, reducing the runs required to just 85.
McBrine struck three blows in quick sucession, having McCollum taken at slip off a bat-pad, Cameron-Dow lobbed one to short cover, while Adam Dennison was bowled trying to cut a ball that was too close to him.
Shane Getkate (23) and Neil Gill (11*) dug in adding a further 32 runs without any undue alarms, which forced McBrine to swicth tactics, reverting to his pace attack after taking the second new ball.
The move paid immediate dividends, with Jarred Barnes trapping Getkate lbw, and in the next over Craig Young had Zac Rushe caught by Scott Campbell at third slip - having just been positioned there by the Bready man.
The win was the first by the Warriors in this format of the game, and coupled with their T20 Trophy victory earlier in the summer represents a good return for Bobby Rao’s young charges.
The Knights still have two 50 over matches left against Leinster Lightning next month - victories in both would see them defend their title they won in 2013.
Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship at Eglinton, Day three close of play
NORTH WEST WARRIORS 137 and 250 all out (75.1 overs, J Thompson 53, S Thompson 50, RL Dougherty 50, A McBrine 32, J Cameron-Dow 7-107)
NORTHERN KNIGHTS 119 and 224 all out ( N Smith 46, J Terrett 36, J McCollum 35, N Larkin 28, S Getkate 23, A McBrine 5-52, E Kemm 2-59)
North West Warriors won by 44 runs.