Leinster Lightning are champions after rain-ruined game at Lawn

Northern Knights Lee Nelson and Leinster Lightning wicket keeper Fintan McAllister
Northern Knights Lee Nelson and Leinster Lightning wicket keeper Fintan McAllister

Leinster Lightning are the 2014 Newstalk Inter-Provincial Championship winners after their rain affected game with Northern Knights petered out into a tame draw at Waringstown on Friday.

After a rain-ruined first two days at The Lawn, at least a full day’s play was finally possible, and it was dominated by Craig Ervine’s superb century. The Lisburn left-hander scored a quite brilliant 131 from 176 balls, including 15 fours and a six, as he shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 192 with Knights skipper Andrew White.

White - Ireland’s most capped player - is renowned as a specialist in the longer form of the game, and once again showed his batting prowess, making an unbeaten 87 from 146 balls (10 fours) before declaring at lunch with the Knights on 312 for 4.

Leinster found an excellent batting track to their liking as well as the bat continued to dominate the ball.

Fintan McAllister fell for 28, but half centuries for Kenny Carroll (77) and Ben Ackland (54) saw Lightning advance to 205 for three, before John Mooney’s declaration saw the game called off as a draw at 5.20pm.

Ireland’s Under 17s secured a last gasp win against Scotland to clinch the European Challenge Series at Eglinton with just a ball to spare.

Chasing a Scottish total of 138 for seven, Ireland were in a dominant position at 106 for one after 14 overs thanks to fine innings by Sonny Cott (55), Lorcan Tucker (26), and William McClintock (20).

However leg-spinner Harris Aslam (3-19) induced panic in the Irish middle order, reducing them to 116 for five with just two overs remaining.

Irish skipper Jack Tector and Adam Dennison both struck vital sixes in the penultimate over to reduce the equation to seven from the final over.

Waringstown’s Dennison (13*) and Tector (12*) found the gaps to seal the win with a ball.