Warriors Undone by Impressive Lightning

Leinster Lightning started the Interprovincial T20 Cup campaign in a fairly familiar manner this afternoon as the Dublin side posted a 7-wicket win over the North West Warriors at Sydney Parade. 

In fairness the game was a pretty turgid affair for most of the day; the weekend’s persistent rain ensuring that any rewards would have to be earned with both bat and ball.

The Warriors innings had a stop-start feel to it with openers William Porterfield and Stephen Doheny posting a 67-run stand and the last two wickets adding a very valuable 64. In between however, proceedings were dominated by Leinster skipper George Dockrell and his fellow spinners Harry Tector and Simi Singh.

In difficult scoring conditions, Porterfield (44) and Doheny (29) dug deep to give the visitors an excellent base. Once Dockrell brought himself into the attack however, the balance shifted Lightning’s way.

The Ireland International had Doheny caught from just his second delivery and 67-0 soon became 121-8 as the innings ground to a halt. Scott Macbeth (14) and Andy McBrine (12) were the only batsmen to make it to double figures before the tail wagged for the Warriors.

Jared Wilson (18) and Ryan Macbeth added 38 for the 9th wicket while Macbeth (29*) and Conor Olphert (7) found 26 more for the last, to close on 185 all out.

Dockrell’s 5-24 from 10 overs was innings-defining as Tector (2-21) and Singh (2-54) maintained the pressure at the other end.

The home side’s reply started tentatively enough too, but despite losing Simi Singh and Andrew Balbirnie cheaply, a 74-run stand between the Tector brothers kept their noses in front.

Tim played really well at the top of the order, the 19-year old making 47 before falling to Graham Hume while Harry was in brilliant form as he and his captain sealed the win from there. Harry hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in his unbeaten 76 with Dockrell adding 21* in an unbroken stand of 70.

To their credit, Boyd Rankin’s side battled hard throughout; Hume again outstanding as he claimed 2-20 from his 10 overs.

In the end though it was a comfortable win for the reigning champions as they had those seven wickets and more than six overs to spare. And in this mood, Lighting are already looking like they will take all the stopping once again.

Next up for the Warriors is a home game against the Northern Knights at Bready on Thursday week (May 12).

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