Sean Terry’s unbeaten 85 guided Leinster Lightning to a four wicket win against the Northern Knights to secure the Hanley Energy InterProvincial Cup.
Terry shared an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 87 from just 78 balls with Lorcan Tucker to claim the win after the game had been delicately poised with Lightning 161 for 6 chasing 247 for victory.
Ireland’s newest international struck 10 fours and cleared the ropes once in his 101 ball innings, finding the perfect partner in Pembroke’s Lorcan Tucker who made exactly 50 from just 47 balls (7 fours, 1 six).
Dom Joyce (28) and Stephen Doheny (26) had laid a solid foundation for the chase with an opening stand of 52, but Knights fought back with Nathan Smith (2-41) taking two quick wickets after Robert McKinley’s breakthrough to make it 66 for 3.
Terry and Max Sorensen (25) added 54 for the 4th wicket, but Tyrone Kane and Eddie Richardson’s dismissals in quick succession looked to have handed the initiative to the Knights – but Terry and Tucker had other ideas.
Earlier, The Knights had a ninth wicket stand of 72 in just 65 balls between top scorer Shane Getkate (87) and Jacob Mulder (31) to thank for their competitive total.
Getakte – dropped four times – made the most of those reprieves to continue his rich vein of form, striking 7 fours and 5 sixes in his 87 from 86 balls.
Nikolai Smith (33), James Shannon (30), and Greg Thompson (25) also got among the runs, but too many of the top order were guilty of poor shot selections as the Knights went from 68 for 1 to 70 for 4, and 124 for 7. Robert McKinley (17) added 46 for the 8th wicket with Getkate, who then found a willing ally in Mulder as the Knights fought back.
Irish international George Dockrell claimed 4 for 51, while fellow spinner Yaqoob Ali picked up 3 for 35, while Tyrone Kane (2-16) was the best seamer on show.
Lightning have now claimed two of the three interprovincial trophies on offer and will be hoping to complete the clean sweep when they take on the Warriors at Malahide next month in the Champioship.