Rain curtails first day of Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning Championship clash

Heavy rain has curtailed the first day of the Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship match between Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning at Waringstown.

The umpires called off play just after the tea interval with the Knights on 145 for 3 after 41 overs.

Craig Ervine scored an unbeaten 57 from 86 balls (9 fours), sharing an unbroken partnership of 47 for the 4th wicket with skipper Andrew White (18*).

Nick Larkin and James Shannon formed a new opening partnership for the hosts, which ended with the total on 41 after Larkin was well caught by Albert van der Merwe off the bowling of Max Sorensen for a breezy 30 (5 fours).

Shannon (16) followed soon after, strangled down the leg side from the bowling of Tyrone Kane (1-15).

Sorensen (2-39) accounted for Chris Dougherty (18), well taken by Andrew Poynter at midwicket to leave the score on 98 for 3.

Leinster Lightning currently top the table, and a draw in the fixture will be enough to ensure they retain their Championship crown.

Play on day two will resume tomorrow (WED) once again at 11am.

The weather also intervened in the scheduled first match of the European Challenge Series between Ireland and Scotland Under 17's at Drummond. No play was possible in the first game of the three match series, and the teams will try again tomorrow at Eglinton (11am).


At Waringstown, Day 1 close

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 145-3 (41 overs, C Ervine 57*, N Larkin 30, M Sorensen 2-39) v Leinster Lightning.


Ireland U17 v Scotland U17 - match abandoned.