Knights earn Inter-Provincial draw with Warriors

Andrew White in bowling action during the Downpatrick game
Andrew White in bowling action during the Downpatrick game

Northern Knights secured an Inter-Pro draw with North West Warriors thanks to some stubborn batting at Downpatrick.

The Warriors scored 272 and 286-5 declared while the Knights amassed just 164 in their first innings and were set a target of 394 for victory.

Knocks from James Shannon (66), Rassie van der Dussen (61) and Andy White (59 n.o.) helped the Knights to 257-5.

The captains shook hands for a draw with five overs remaining as the Warriors remained top of the table.

The Warriors continued batting into the third and final day with Kyllin Vardhan hitting an undefeated 137 before the declaration.

"It is very pleasing the way we came through the final day," said Knights captain White.

"We were absolutely shocked and astounded that they continued batting into this morning, as it gave us a chance of seeing out the rest of the day.

"The way our guys at the top of our order stunted their threat was brilliant and long may it continue."

Meanwhile, the T20 game between the Warriors and Leinster Lightning, scheduled for 31 May at Eglinton, will now take place on 26 June at the same venue.

The switch of dates is required to facilitate a change to Ireland's preparations ahead of their opening InterContinental Cup game against the UAE at Malahide on 2 June.

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