Last weekend proved a pivotal one for local cricket as the North West Warriors landed back from Dublin on Sunday with the Interprovincial T20 trophy in their grasp after weather wiped out the final two matches of the championship.
Andy McBrine’s team had led the table going in to the last round courtesy of earlier wins against both the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning so with no results possible this time, the cup headed north having been won by Leinster in its inaugural year.
It was a landmark win for Head Coach Bobby Rao who had sheltered his team from a lot of criticism during their poor run in 2013 but it also backed up his decision to stick with he same squad in the knowledge that they could turn things around.
The series also proved to be a personal success for David Rankin who claimed the Player of the Tournament award having amassed over 160 runs at an average of more than 50.
Rankin was well clear of his Interprovincial opening partner Stuart Thompson in second place, giving the Warriors a 1-2 in the runs stakes.