The Leinster Lightning fell to a crushing 1-wicket defeat against the North West Warriors in their final IP20 Festival match of the Pembroke weekend.
After taking 4-14 through the middle overs of the Warriors chase, the Lightning were in control having the Warriors 143/7 chasing 183 in the 16th over. However, a 30-run partnership in 17 balls from Graham Hume (19) and man of the match Craig Young (17*) meant the spoils went the way of the North West men.
The Lightning had amassed 182/7 in the first innings, thanks in large part to Lorcan Tucker’s 51.
Tucker and George Dockrell (44) put on 79 in eight overs for the 4th wicket through the middle of the innings as the Lightning recovered from the early loss of Kevin O’Brien.
Craig Young (3-24) had removed O’Brien and took the wicket of Balbirnie (24) too, who had looked in great form before being gutted to be bowled.
However, it was Ross Allen (3-19) who snared both Dockrell and Tucker and rather than threatening a score of 200-plus, the Lightning had to settle for 182/7 at halftime.
In response, William Porterfield (52 off 23) got the Warriors off to a flyer, taking them to 74/2 inside seven overs.
In a high-scoring match of two half-centuries, it looked like the second bowling spell of Simi Singh, taking three wickets, had turned the match decisively in the home side’s favour.
When the Warriors stuttered from 129/3 to 143/7, as Balbirnie and Grassi took good diving catches and Tucker stumped McBrine and Kennedy off Singh and Dockrell, the partisan crowd were looking forward to a home win.
Hume and Young had other ideas however as the Warriors made 32 off the last three overs. A brilliant run out of Hume by Josh Little gave the Lightning a glimmer of hope but it wasn’t to be on a day of high drama, but bitter disappointment at one that got away.
The Leinster Lightning resume their IP20 campaign against the Munster Reds at Bready CC on Friday June 25th at 4pm.
Interprovincial 20-Over Trophy
Pembroke CC, Dublin
Leinster Lightning v North West Warriors, Sunday June 20th
Leinster Lightning 182/7 20 Overs (L Tucker 51, G Dockrell 44; R Allen 3-19, C Young 3-24)
North West Warriors 183/9 19.5 Overs (W Porterfield 52, S Getkate 37; S Singh 3-21)
North West Warriors won by 1 wicket