Knights beat Warriors in Inter-Pro game at Coleraine

Rassi van der Dussen steered the Northern Knights to victory with 93
Rassi van der Dussen steered the Northern Knights to victory with 93

The Northern Knights secured a second Inter-Provincial Cup win of the month with a rain-affected three-run victory over the North West Warriors on Sunday.

Rassi van der Dussen starred with the bat for the NCU men, hitting 93 as they made 182-5 from their allocated 39 overs after rain delays in Coleraine.

A further delay left the Warriors requiring 167 from 35 overs.

Andrew White and Gary each claimed two wickets as the Warriors came up just short on 164-8.

Van der Dussen shared in partnerships of 51 with James Shannon (31) and then 48 with Lee Nelson (18).

The CIYMS professional upped the ante in the last five overs, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 96-ball knock.

Stuart Thompson (2-49) was the most successful of the bowlers but skipper Andy McBrine (1-20) was possibly the pick after an impressive eight overs.

Warriors' openers David Rankin and Craig Averill gave the reply a solid looking start, but with the score on 42-0 after 11 overs the rain returned.

Another delay meant the loss of four more overs and the new calculation saw the batting side set 167 from 35 - 125 more runs needed from 24 overs.

When play resumed the North West side found runs hard to come by as the Knights introduced trial by spin.

White provided the breakthrough, bowling Rankin for 27 and then getting through danger-man Marco Marais's defences as well as he went for 10.

Gary Kidd was soon in on the act removing Stuart Thompson for 11 and then Craig Averill for a defiant 36 and from there on the hosts were struggling.

McBrine did his best to keep on top of a rapidly increasing run rate as he and Ricky-Lee Dougherty (15 from 12) battled back but even the skipper's defiant 27 not out wasn't to be enough.

A six from the final ball of the innings narrowed the final margin to just those three runs but the Warriors were undone by their ability to cope with the visitors' spin options.

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