Kane fireworks put Lightning on the brink of InterPro glory
Tyrone Kane smashed 57 from 33 balls on his home ground as Leinster Lighting stormed to a 158-run victory over the previously unbeaten Northern Knights at Anglesey Road in the Hanley Energy InterPro Cup.
After his club captain John Anderson had top-scored with 76 for the home side, Merrion all-rounder Kane provided the late-order acceleration to take Lightning to a commanding 320 all out from 49.5 overs.
Eddie Richardson was the pick of the Lightning bowlers, taking 3-26, while captain John Mooney and Anderson chipped in with two wickets apiece as the Knights stumbled to 162 all out in reply.
The size of the victory gave Lightning a bonus point and they will retain the InterPro Cup if they win the reverse fixture at Waringstown on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Clontarf captain Eoghan Delany reckons there may now be a fear factor when teams face his side in the Senior Cup.
YMCA were their latest victims as the Castle Avenue side made it six wins in nine years with an emphatic eight-wicket success at Claremont Road.
And Delany is at a loss to explain his side's remarkable cup record.
"I can't put my finger on it," he said. "Maybe it's just a bit of self-belief, and a bit of fear on the other team.
"We lose the odd league game but still keep winning the cup matches."
Adrian D'Arcy, opening the batting for the first time this season in a ploy to negate YM off-spinner Simi Singh, finished 88 not out as Clontarf reached their target of 205 with 41 balls to spare.
"Adrian batted beautifully, hit some huge sixes and it was great to see him kick on because he has been a bit of an unsung hero this season," said Delany.
'Tarf had done the hard work by bowling out YM inside 58 overs, with Michael Granger claiming his third five-wicket haul of the season.
Delany hailed Granger's efforts, and also had special words for Granger's opening partner, the evergreen Joe Morrissey.
"Joe just keeps on going, he gets into a rhythm and so I let him bowl his 12 overs straight through (he took 1-24, including the wicket of the in-form Jack Tector), and he is as economical as ever."
Now Delany can concentrate on a league and cup double, starting today when their Division One campaign resumes with a game against Railway Union at Park Avenue, while North County, the only team above them in the table at the halfway stage, go to Malahide.