Ireland: Rario Inter-Provincial Cup 2023 - Knights topping table after top Topping knock
Northern Knights’ Morgan Topping hit a sublime run-a-ball 92 as his side overcame a tough challenge by the Munster Reds and remained top of the table in the Rario Inter-Provincial Cup at Stormont today.
Northern Knights v Munster Reds, Inter-Provincial Cup, Stormont, 22 May 2023
Munster Reds 269-7 (50 overs; M Commins 114, A Frost 37; T Mayes 3-34)
Northern Knights 272-7 (47.1 overs; M Topping 92, C Carmichael 62; L McCarthy 4-67)
Result - Northern Knights won by 3 wickets
Earlier in the day, the Reds – who were sent into bat first – began with a century stand by openers Murray Commins and Ali Frost. While Frost fell for 37 in the 25th over, Commins went on to bring up a near faultless century, finishing on 114 from 122 balls. The Reds looked to be heading towards 300+ at the 30 over mark, but wickets began to fall and the run rate gradually fell through the middle overs. Tall Knights paceman Tom Mayes (3-34) led the fightback, which saw the Reds slump from 186-2 to 217-7 in six overs.
An eighth-wicket stand of 52* between Ford (33*) and McCarthy (15*) boosted the Reds final score of 269-7 from 50 overs, but it was not enough.
James McCollum (30) and Cade Carmichael (62) led the Knights’ reply, before Topping took control of the innings and getting the home side into a dominant position. Several late cameos by Neil Rock (39 off 29 balls) and Mark Adair (20 off 17 balls) ensured the late wickets that fell wouldn’t deny the Knights victory, and when Tyron Koen struck Curtis Campher for a boundary at the start of the 48th over, the victory was indeed achieved comfortably with 17 balls to spare.
Next up in the competition, Leinster Lightning travel to play North West Warriors at Bready Cricket Club tomorrow at 10.45 am (local time).
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