Dominant Leinster coast to Inter-provincial title

Fintan McAllister scored his first century for Leinster
Fintan McAllister scored his first century for Leinster
Hanley Energy Inter-provincial Championship
Leinster Lightning: 337-9 dec & 191-1 dec
Northern Knights: 174 all out & 202 all out

Leinster Lightning clinched their third Inter-Provincial title of the season with a comfortable 152 run victory over Northern Knights at Rathmines.

Knights resumed at 33-1 needing 355 for victory, but lost six wickets for just 29 runs, faltering from 106-3 to 135-9.

Yaqoob Ali claimed a five wicket haul for the loss of 51 runs in 10.5 overs.

Ballymena's Robert McKinley top-scored for the Knights with 56 from 43 balls before falling to Ali, giving Leinster a clean sweep of Inter-pro titles.

A useful 125 from skipper John Mooney had put Leinster Lightning in a commanding position as they romped to 337-9 in the first innings.

Northern Knights were then dismissed for 174, Max Sorensen picking up the wickets of James McClurkin, James Shannon and Peter Eakin to finish with 3-49.

Mooney opted not to enforce the follow-on on Wednesday and Fintan McAllister's maiden century helped Leinster maintain their grip on the match.

Lightning's bowlers completed the job on Thursday to claim a seventh trophy in the three seasons of Inter-Provincial competition.

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