Weather saves North West Warriors from almost certain defeat against Northern Knights

Nigel Jones of Northern Knights
Nigel Jones of Northern Knights

Ulster’s dreadful weather saved the North West Warriors from almost certain defeat at the hands of the Northern Knights at Coleraine on Monday.

The Knights were 31 without loss after seven overs chasing a modest target of 121 to win.

Nigel Jones and Chris Dougherty, the opening batsmen, hadn’t looked in any trouble and it’s unlikely they wouldn’t have chased down the target and record an opening win in the competition.

Earlier it was a case of Groundhog Day for the Warriors as the batting failures of last year’s interprovincial tournament came back with a vengeance.

As he did so often last year, Andrew Riddles, the Ardmore all-rounder, stood tall amidst the carnage, top scoring with 28 from 41 balls as the Warriors were dismissed in just 39.1 overs.

The first five bowlers used by Knights captain Andrew White got in on the wicket-taking act, with Jones claiming three for 19 from his 10 overs.

White himself, Civil Service North seamer Allen Coulter and Lisburn captain David Simpson all took two wickets apiece, with James Cameron-Dow taking the final scalp of Ricky-Lee Dougherty.

The game got to lunch without interruption but the rain arrived just as the teams were ready to resume.

A series of heavy showers left the surface unplayable and the match was abandoned at 5.32pm.

Instonians face CIYMS on Tuesday night in a Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup game at Shaw’s Bridge.