Rain foils the Knight’s bid for interpro preparation

Nick Larkin
Nick Larkin
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The Northern Knights’ attempt to get some much-needed cricket before the start of their interprovincial summer next week was ruined by the weather in Bangor yesterday.

However, the NCU side’s top order will at least be thankful that the rain eluded the east coast for long enough to allow 39 overs of cricket against Ireland under-19s.

The Knights were well poised on 182 for four when persistent rain ended their innings. The rain stopped for a while but a wet outfield meant it was not realistic to return.

Earlier Nick Larkin, the North Down batsman, struck 57 and Chris Dougherty of CIYMS 37 as the Knights built a solid foundation. Nigel Jones and Andrew White went relatively cheaply but James Shannon (29) and Lee Nelson (22 no) were going well when the rain became too heavy.

Cricket followers will be hoping for better weather tomorrow when the North West Warriors are due to start a three-day match against Leinster Lightning at Bready.

The Warriors have called in professionals Ernest Kemm of Bready and Tabish Khan of Fox Lodge. Kemm provides another batting option with his club-mate David Rankin ruled out for up to two months with a broken thumb. Play is due to start at 11am.

Warriors squad: Andrew McBrine (Captain) (Donemana), David Barr (Bready), Rishi Chopra (Coleraine), Ricky-Lee Dougherty (Donemana), Ernest Kemm (Bready), Tabish Khan (Fox Lodge), Niall McDonnell (Coleraine), Jason Milligan (Fox Lodge), Andrew Riddles (Ardmore), Johnny Thompson (Brigade), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Craig Young (Bready).

Lightning: John Mooney (Capt-North County), John Anderson (Vice- Cpt Merrion), Ben Ackland (Merrion), Bill Coghlan (Clontarf), Pat Collins (Railway Union), Tyrone Kane (Merrion), Fintan McAllister (Malahide), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills)

Simmi Singh (Y.M.C.A.)