Leinster Lightning crush North West Warriors in one-sided contest
June 2nd 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
Kevin O’Brien’s excellent form continued as he crashed an unbeaten 71 from just 51 balls as his Leinster Lightning side crushed the North West Warriors by 149 runs in a one-sided contest at Malahide.
The Lightning skipper made the most of a reprieve when dropped on 44, to add a further 27 runs as Leinster added 40 runs in the last three overs of their innings to finish on an imposing 272 for 6.
O’Brien played some magnificent trademark drives and pulls, hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes as the North West wilted in the face of his onslaught.
Leinster were given a perfect platform by an opening partnership of 118 between the Merrion pairing of Ben Ackland (78) and John Anderson (62).
The duo batted superbly, combining power and placement with some excellent running between the wickets. John Anderson hit 7 fours and one hooked six, while Ackland repaid the faith shown in him by coach Trent Johnston, playing shots all round the wicket as he struck 8 boundaries in his 78.
Andy McBrine (3-40) was the pick of the North West attack, helping stem the flow of Leinster runs in the middle overs.
Chasing an unlikely 273 for victory, the North West were never in the hunt after losing early wickets.
Scott Campbell top scored with 27, while Stuart Thompson (26) and Niall McDonnell (20) sparkled all too briefly.
Andrew Balbirnie (3-14) was the most successful of the Leinster bowlers, while Albert van der Merwe, on his 34th birthday, bowled superbly to finish with 2 for 23 in his ten over spell.
The North West were eventually dismissed for 123, leaving Leinster winners by a convincing 149 runs.
The NW Warriors are back in action on Tuesday when they play Northern Knights in a three-day Championship clash at Eglinton.
Peter Connell who suffered a pulled hamstring after bowling just 13 deliveries is likely to be replaced by Donemana professional Kamran Sajid.
RSA Inter-Provincial Cup
At The Village, Malahide
Leinster Lightning 272-6 (50 overs, B Ackland 78, K OBrien 71*, J Anderson 62, A Poynter 34, A McBrine 3-40) beat North West Warriors 123 all out (40.1 overs, S Campbell 27, S Thompson 26, N McDonnell 20, A Balbirnie 3-14, A van der Merwe 2-23) by 149 runs.
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