Inter-Pro encounter set for exciting finish at Eglinton

Knights bowler James Cameron-Dow completed a 10-wicket haul in the match
Knights bowler James Cameron-Dow celebrates his dismissal of Andrew McBrine

The Inter-Pro contest between the Northern Knights and the North West Warriors remains delicately poised heading into the final day at Eglinton.

At stumps on Wednesday, the Knights were 152-5 in their second innings and needing 117 more runs to win.

Just before the close, Knights substitute batsmen Nikolai Smith was out for 46 in what could prove to be a crucial wicket.

Earlier, the Warriors were all-out for 250 in their second innings.

After the Warriors resumed on 38-3, Irish internationals Stuart Thompson [50] and Andrew McBrine [32] added 76 for the sixth wicket.

However before both fell in quick succession to impressive North Down left-arm spinner James Cameron-Dow who took 7-107 in the innings, to take his overall match total to 10-156.

Johnny Thompson [53] and Ricky-Lee Dougherty [50] mixed resilience with the occasional thumping boundary as they shared a valuable 8th wicket stand of 87 to take the Warriors total up to 250.

The Knights chase started in positive fashion, with Nick Larkin [28] and Johnny Terrett [36] striking 12 boundaries between them in an opening stand of 56.

Larkin will be disappointed at his dismissal, charging Ernest Kemm only to be well stumped by Dougherty.

McBrine [2-22] trapped Chris Dougherty lbw, while he also accounted for Terrett - sharply caught at first slip by Kemm.

Andrew White [13] was well caught behind by Dougherty off debutant Ross Allen, but Smith and teenager James McCollum blunted the Warriors attack in a solid stand of 46, before Smith departed just four minutes before the close of play.