Lightning edge past Knights as Mooney’s men prevail

Philip Eaglestone bowls for the Northern Knights
Philip Eaglestone bowls for the Northern Knights

The first Interprovincial fixture of the new season served up a real topsy-turvy contest that went the way of Leinster Lightning after John Mooney’s charges got the better of a fascinating T20 encounter with the Northern Knights.

Andrew White won the toss on an early season track and the home skipper duly asked the visitors to take first use.

It wasn’t long before the Knights were in business either; Phil Eaglestone bowling John Anderson in the 4th over.

Left-arm spinner James Cameron-Dow dismissed Eoghan Delany for three.

Carroll’s bright cameo ended soon after when Gary Kidd struck first up to remove the opener for 28 to leave the tournament favourites struggling on 38 for three in the 7th.

International team-mates Andrew Poynter and Kevin O’Brien took that to 67 before Peter Eakin dismissed O’Brien for 13 just before half way.

Skipper Mooney scored 11 but Poynter finished unbeaten on 52 (5 fours, 2 sixes).

All of that meant that the visitors closed on 144-7.

Nigel Jones and Chris Dougherty came flying out of the traps, putting on 72 before Anderson had Dougherty caught on the boundary by Delany for 18.

Straight away at the other end O’Brien bowled new man James Shannon for a first ball duck and then Lee Nelson managed to get run out for two soon after.

Mooney trapped Greg Thompson bang in front for the second golden duck of the innings.

Jones passed 50 but tried one big shot too many and was caught on the rope by Mooney off Sorensen for 61.

Some really tidy bowling from Eddie Richardson turned the screw.

Tyrone Kane removed Getkate and Eakin in successive balls and the same bowler then went on to pick up the Interprovincial series’ first ever hat-trick with the first delivery of the next over – removing White for 17.

Gary Kidd added a late unbeaten 19 to take it to the wire, but was unable to hit the six off Sorensen’s final delivery that would have made the game a tie.