Cricket Match Predictions: Northern Knights vs North West Warriors: Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Series 2021 IP20:- Match 7
The 8th match of the Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Series IP20 2021 will take place between Northern Knights and North West Warriors at the Pembroke Cricket Club, Sandymount, Dublin, Dublin.
North West Warriors are currently occupying the top spot on points table with 2 wins in 3 matches played so far. On the other hand, Northern Knights are placed at the 2nd spot on points table with 2 wins in 3 games so far.
Current Form North West Warriors:
North West Warriors have won their last fixture against Leinster Lightning in a tight finish.
North West Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first. Kevin O’Brein lost his wicket early on in the innings. Post his dismissal, Simi Singh and Andrew Balbirnie tried to resurrect the innings with their second wicket stand of 33 runs. However, they both perished within a span of 3 deliveries. George Dockrell carried on his form and smashed 44 off 32 balls. He along with Lorcan Tucker stitched a partnership of 79 runs for the 4th wicket. Tucker made an impressive 51 off 27 balls. In the end, Leinster Lightning reached a formidable total of 182 for 7 in 20 overs.
Chasing 182, William Porterfield led the charge for North West Warriors as he struck a quick 52 up the order. His innings featured 4 fours and 5 huge sixes. Shane Getkate too played a phenomenal knock of 37 in 19 balls. After his dismissal, North West Warriors collapsed to 151 for 8 in 17 overs. At this point, they looked in all sorts of bother with two new lower order batters on to the crease. Graham Hume and Craig Young however did not want to miss out on the opportunity and carefully kept the scoreboard ticking. With 3 runs needed in the last 3 balls, Hume lost his wicket to a run out. However, Young kept his nerves and hit the winning runs to help North West Warriors claim a victory by 1 wicket.
Current Form Northern Knights:
Northern Knights have won their last game against Munster Reds by 5 wickets.
Northern Knights lost the toss and were asked to field first.
Munster Reds could not get off to a good start losing Jack Carty and Murray Commins early on. Peter Moor did not let his partner’s departure get on to his head and he dominated the Northern Knights bowlers from the ball one. Moor made 49 off 24 deliveries before losing his wicket to Luke Georgeson. Post his dismissal, Munster Reds struggled big time, thanks to a tight bowling by Ben White. He was phenomenal in his spell of 4 overs, giving away 13 runs and picking up 5 wickets. In the end, Munster Reds were restricted to 137 for 9 in 20 overs.
Chasing a small total, Northern Knights seemed to have lost their way as James McCollum was dismissed in the second over itself. Luke Georgeson at the other end was timing the ball very well and got the support from Ruhan Pretorius and Harry Tector in the middle overs. However, both Tector and Pretorius failed to provide a boost to the run rate. Neil Rock at number 5 did the needful and smashed 26 off just 14 balls to put Northern Knights in the driver’s seat. He stayed unbeaten to take his team home in the 19th over, with 5 wickets in hand. Ben White was adjudged man of the match for his breath-taking performance with the ball.
Let's have a look at the squads:
North West Warriors: Andy McBrine (capt), Ross Allen, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Graham Hume, Graham Kennedy, Nathan McGuire, Conor Olphert, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Will Smale, Craig Young.
Northern Knights: Harry Tector (capt), Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow, David Delany, Luke Georgeson, Jeremy Lawlor, Graeme McCarter, James McCollum, Ruhan Pretorius, Neil Rock, Ben White.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Northern Knights
Who will win? North West Warriors
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – James McCollum (Northern Knights), William Porterfield (North West Warriors)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ben White (Northern Knights), Craig Young (North West Warriors)
Most Sixes – James McCollum (Northern Knights), William Porterfield (North West Warriors)
Player of the Match- William Porterfield (North West Warriors)
Team Scores Batting first - Northern Knights 150+, North West Warriors 180+
Match Handicap: North West Warriors
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