Leinster Lightning secure win over Northern Knights in Dublin

Chris Dougherty

Leinster secured a comprehensive innings win over the Northern Knights in the three-day inter-provincial match between the sides at College Park.

The hosts began the day needing just one wicket to claim victory but steady rain meant that no play was possible in Thursday's morning session.

Play began after lunch, with Zac Rushe and Phil Eaglestone holding up Leinster for 30 minutes and eight overs.

Rushe eventually lofted John Mooney to a grateful Alex Cusack at mid-on.

That left the Northern Knights all out for 228 and ensured a winning margin of an innings and 13 runs for Leinster Lightning.

Leinster began the game with a score of 364 and then bowled out their opponents for 123 and enforced the follow-on.

Knights opener Chris Dougherty hit an unbeaten 60 as the visitors made their 123 in reply to Leinster's impressive opening score.

The follow-on was enforced and Dougherty again top-scored with 69 as the Knights were reduced to 204-8 by the end of day two.

Knights player James Shannon was injured and did not bat, leaving the visitors one wicket away from defeat.

Leinster claimed the extra half-hour at College Park on Wednesday but were unable to clinch the win with what was effectively the last pair at the wicket.

That the contest went into a third day can almost solely be attributed to a marathon batting effort by Dougherty.

The left-hander carried his bat in the first innings and was one of the few Knights players who showed the application and technique necessary for the longer format of the game.

Johnny Terrett (26) and Nathan Waller (10) were the only other Knights players to reach double figures as the North County duo of John Mooney (3-18) and Eddie Richardson (3-24) combined to skittle them for 123.

Leinster skipper Kevin O'Brien enforced the follow-on with a 241-run advantage, and despite the early wickets of Terrett and Lee Nelson, found the Knights batsmen a much tougher proposition second time around.

Greg Thompson (34), Andrew White (29) and Zac Rushe (32*) all offered support to the resolute Dougherty, who again showed incredible concentration and temperament.

His vigil was eventually ended on 69 when he was well caught by Poynter off Richardson.

Pat Collins (2-10), Eddie Richardson (2-24), and Albert van der Merwe (2-55) all claimed two wickets as Lightning completed another near perfect day.

The Northern Knights are next in action against the North West Warriors at Comber on 15 July, while a change to the schedule sees all three teams play in the T20 Trophy the following day at the same venue.

Knights opener Chris Dougherty hit an unbeaten 60 but the visitors made just 123 in reply to Leinster's 364.

The follow-on was enforced and Dougherty again top-scored with 69 as the Knights were reduced to 204-8.

Knights player James Shannon is injured and will not bat, leaving the visitors one wicket away from defeat.

Leinster claimed the extra half-hour at College Park but were unable to clinch the win with what was effectively the last pair at the wicket.

That the contest goes into a third day can almost solely be attributed to a marathon batting effort by Dougherty.

The left-hander carried his bat in the first innings and was one of the few Knights players who showed the application and technique necessary for the longer format of the game.

Johnny Terrett (26) and Nathan Waller (10) were the only other Knights players to reach double figures as the North County duo of John Mooney (3-18) and Eddie Richardson (3-24) combined to skittle them for 123.

Leinster skipper Kevin O'Brien enforced the follow-on with a 241-run advantage, and despite the early wickets of Terrett and Lee Nelson, found the Knights batsmen a much tougher proposition second time around.

Greg Thompson (34), Andrew White (29) and Zac Rushe (32*) all offered support to the resolute Dougherty, who again showed incredible concentration and temperament.

His vigil was eventually ended on 69 when he was well caught by Poynter off Richardson.

Pat Collins (2-10), Eddie Richardson (2-24), and Albert van der Merwe (2-55) all claimed two wickets as Lightning completed another near perfect day.

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