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Lightning strike for title again after Dockrell's first century

By Ian Callender

Published 26/08/2016

Tasty ton: George Dockrell
Tasty ton: George Dockrell

George Dockrell was the final day hero for Leinster Lightning as they clinched their fourth successive inter-provincial championship title - but not with the ball.

The Ireland international earns his place in the side as a slow left arm bowler, but this season he has been scoring runs for fun, at No 4, for his club side, Leinster.

He transferred that batting form on to the representative stage to score his first century to rescue Lightning from 127 for six and take them to a first innings lead of 76 when skipper John Anderson declared with 45 overs left in the day.

In the end, only 24 were bowled as North West Warriors openers Ross Allen and David Rankin comfortably batted out the overs, without ever threatening to overturn the deficit.

But the 14 points won by Leinster from the two-day draw - the first was washed out - left them 11 points clear of Northern Knights at the top and completed the hat-trick of inter-provincial trophies for the second year in a row.

The Warriors had enjoyed an encouraging morning session - despite a poor fielding display - as they took four wickets, with Craig Young picking up the big two of captain Anderson, without addition to his overnight score, and Kevin O'Brien while Suraj Randiv was on a hat-trick after the dismissals of Sean Terry and Tyrone Kane.

But Lorcan Tucker, who will make his Ireland debut in the T20 games against Hong Kong next month, and Dockrell then took over with a 131 runs stand for the seventh wicket and two overs after Tucker was caught at mid-wicket off Ross Allen, Dockrell brought up his 100 from 89 balls with 14 fours and two sixes.

Scores: North West Warriors 302 (O Williams 121, C Young 36; K O'Brien 3-45) and 53-0 (R Allen 36 not out) Leinster Lightning 378-9 dec (G Dockrell 101, L Tucker 61, E Richardson 50, M Sorensen 45, J Anderson 40, S Terry 28; C Young 3-89, S Randiv 2-50, R Allen 2-60). Match drawn.

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