Leinster Lightning strike against North West Warriors at Bready

Niall McDonnell put up a score of 56
Niall McDonnell put up a score of 56

The first three-day match of the interprovincial summer started as much of it finished last season - with the North West Warriors firmly on the back foot.

A rain-affected day at Bready that started well enough for the Warriors concluded with them in trouble on Tuesday night in their first innings on 144 for seven against Leinster Lightning.

David Barr of Bready and Coleraine’s Niall McDonnell added 66 for the second wicket and at 78 for one the Warriors were handily placed. But they lost three wickets for just 15 runs to slump to 93 for four.

After making 31 from 78 balls Barr was bowled by Max Sorensen and neither of the Ireland internationals, Stuart Thompson or Andy McBrine lasted long. McDonnell made 56 from 86 balls and Andrew Riddles 31 but they fell before the close with John Mooney striking three times.

Newstalk Intepro: North West Warriors 144-7, 49 overs (N McDonnell 56, D Barr 31, A Riddles 31, J Mooney 3-21).

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland’s cricket committee ruled on Tuesday night that the umpires were right to award the Irish Cup tie between Eglinton and North Down to the visitors.

A statement said: “The meeting felt, that unfortunate as it was, the required D/L print out was not made available within the allotted time of 15 minutes which is a requirement within the RSA ISC regulations and the umpires therefore acted correctly in awarding the match to North Down. Therefore Eglinton’s appeal was dismissed.

“Thecommittee felt that Eglinton could have foreseen the possibility of the match being reduced to 10 overs per side earlier and taken action to ensure the relevant D/L print out was made available within the allocated time.”

Eglinton were “disappointed” but accepted the ruling.

Civil Service North beat Muckamore 3-2 on sudden death in a bowl-out after the Twenty20 Cup game was washed out.