Humiliation for Northern Knights as Leinster Lightning strike again

Leinster .''Lighting's John Anderson.
Leinster .''Lighting's John Anderson.

The Northern Knights’ interprovincial season goes from bad to worse.

Their humiliation was almost complete in Dublin on Sunday after they were on the wrong end of a 158-run thrashing by the Leinster Lightning.

It was hard to know what was worse. An abject performance from most of the bowlers that saw the Knights leak an incredible 62 extras, including 39 wides, or a pitiful batting display.

John Anderson, often the scourge of NCU sides in interpro or club cricket, was again one of the chief tormentors, the Merrion man cracking 76 from 83 balls, including 12 boundaries.

But after he and Doy Joyce departed, the Lightning were 245 for seven and the Knights might have had aspirations of wrapping up the innings quickly.

However, Tyrone Kane had other ideas, the Ireland international blasting 57 from just 33 balls, including five fours and four sixes, as the Lightning reached 320 all out. The Knights reply was soon in tatters at 47 for four and only Andrew White, with 57, including seven boundaries, showed significant resistance, until he was eighth man out.

The visitors were all out in the 34th over for just 162, Eddie Richardson the pick of the Lightning bowlers with three for 26.

In the NCU Premier League North Down moved level with Waringstown at the top of the table after a 25-run home victory over Civil Service North.

Pieter Malan (80), Daniel Graham (70) and Alistair Shields (47) helped the Comber side reach 237 for three in 47 overs.

That target was adjusted to 254 for CSNI who were well behind the clock at the 20-over mark with Mansoor Amjad among the early casualties.

Jason van der Merwe threatened to turn the game on its head with a brilliant 84 from 79 balls, including five fours and two sixes, but he eventually fell to Taimur Khan as the asking rate mounted.