Lightning strike to conquer Warriors
Leinster Lightning started their defence of the 50-over inter-provincial Cup in remarkable fashion with a six wickets victory over the North West Warriors on a superb batting track at Rathmines.
They chased down their target of 212 in just 30 overs after the Warriors had been bowled out inside 42 overs in a game when both teams still seemed to be playing T20 cricket.
It was wonderful entertainment and no one performed better than the birthday boy Dom Joyce.
The former Ireland international - he won the last of his 69 caps in 2007 - and brother of Ed, on his return to the representative scene after an absence of nearly 10 years, scored a chanceless 86 from just 71 balls, with 12 fours and two sixes.
He may have no great pretensions for a return to the international arena at the age of 34 but his partner in a stand of 116 for the third wicket certainly has.
Indeed, Andrew Poynter is in the squad for this week's Twenty20 games against Scotland at Bready and he was in the mood with a run-a-ball 61 which included eight fours and two sixes.
The North West (and Ireland) bowlers had a day to forget with Stuart Thompson conceding 45 in his five overs while Andy McBrine was also wicketless in his five overs which cost 25. Craig Young was rested by Cricket Ireland.
Max Sorensen had figures of four for nine after 3.1 overs but Gary McClintock, dropped on two, took advantage and top scored with 62 from 64 balls.
Scores: North West Warriors 211 (G McClintock 62, A McBrine 48, D Rankin 27, W McClintock 25; M Sorensen 4-44, J Anderson 2-18, E Richardson 2-37) Leinster Lightning 215-4 (30.1 overs, D Joyce 86, A Poynter 61, J Anderson 27; G McCarter 2-37).
Lightning won by six wickets.