Ireland international Andrew Poynter played easily the best innings of the day as Leinster Lightning beat the Northern Knights in Sunday’s first Newstalk Twenty20 match at Comber.
The Clontarf batsman struck 70 from just 36 balls, including five fours and five sixes, as the Dubliners piled up 157 for seven batting first.
In truth the Lightning had the momentum from the start as John Mooney (17) and Kenny Carroll (13) gave them a brisk start with 30 runs from the first 13 balls before the latter fell to Nigel Jones.
Mooney and Andrew Balbirnie were dismissed in quick succession by James Cameron-Dow and skipper Andrew White respectively before a 57-run stand between Pat Collins and Poynter clawed the initiative back for the southerners.
Cameron-Dow ended the partnership when he had Collins stumped by Dougherty for 24 but Poynter, who looked a class apart from anyone else who batted all day, batted deep in to the closing to put the Lightning in charge.
Cameron-Dow (2-24), Jones (2-26), Peter Eakin (2-32) and White (1-19) all bowled well for the Knights.
The reply started steadily with Chris Dougherty and Jones putting on 56 in nine overs before the former was removed by Mooney for 28. Thereafter the Knights lost their way as the move to promote Nathan Waller to number backfired.
Waller, Nick Larkin and James Shannon all came and went as Albert van der Merwe strangled the middle order before Jones succumbed to Max Sorensen for 51 (six fours and a six) as the required rate mounted. They closed on 142 for 6.
The Knights face the Warriors on Monday in a 50-over game at Comber, starting at 10.45am.