It was a game the home side dominated for all bar the crucial last half hour, and it sends the holders into next month’s ‘blitz’ at Pembroke in pole position to retain their crown.
Dismissed for just 99 the visitors clawed it back from a seemingly impossible position where the Warriors were 70-2 in reply and yet came up 4 runs short at the end.
Credit the Dubliners’ attack, however- especially Simi Singh and skipper George Dockrell as they really strangled the middle overs to build pressure on the home side’s middle order.
Singh’s 4 overs cost just 8 runs- a pivotal stat in the context of any T2O game while Dockrell’s 3-15 was vital to breaking up the Warriors’ momentum.
William Porterfield (38) top-scored for Ian McGregor’s men and while he was there, the Warriors were favourites, but it wasn’t to be.
Earlier, Leinster’s innings was kept in check by a superb effort by the home side in the field.
The Ballyspallen teenager claimed 3-15 from his 4-over spell and then ran out the dangerous Kevin O’Brien with a superb direct hit.
Kennedy rounded off a top effort with a brilliant catch to end the Lightning innings, but it was to be in vain as the southerners pulled off their late, late show.