Saturday 24 March 2018

Leinster claim crown as Mooney hits superb century

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John Mooney smashed a stunning century and lifted the Hanley InterPro T20 Cup in Eglinton last night despite seeing his Leinster Lightning side slip to a 15-run loss in their final match against the North-West Warriors.

Skipper Mooney's 110 not out from 68 balls contained 16 fours plus two maximums, and is the first T20 century for any side in the three years of the InterPro competition.

New Ireland international Davy Rankin top-scored for the home side with 76 from 44 balls, including two sixes.

However, despite the Warriors posting a daunting 200-6, earlier results meant Lightning needed only 155 to take the title, if they were to lose.

Fall short they did but not before Mooney had peppered the boundaries of the small arena, typically with powerful cuts.

His 11th four off opposite number and fellow international Andy McBrine was an audacious reverse sweep to bring up his half century off 26 balls.

Mooney slowed after the dismissal of Andrew Poynter, who contributed three sixes to the match total of 14, but saw the trophy secured as 155 was passed with 20 balls to spare and then reached his personal milestone in the last over as Lightning finished on 185-4.

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