Barry McCarthy will not be involved in the one-day international series against New Zealand, starting on Sunday, but he underlined Ireland’s current batting depth with a maiden century for Leinster Lightning in yesterday’s inter-provincial against Northern Knights.
McCarthy hit 110 from just 59 balls with four fours and 10 towering sixes as 112 runs came off the last nine overs.
However, with Neil Rock — not currently in either of Ireland’s white-ball squads — replying with 81 from 58 balls (nine fours, four sixes) and Instonians’ Cade Carmichael hitting 43 off 35 on his competition debut, Knights needed 83 from 15 overs with six wickets standing.
But McCarthy returned to dismiss both batsmen in the space of 10 balls and from 245 for six, they collapsed to 261 all out to give Lightning a comfortable 54 runs victory. George Dockrell, barely used these days as an Ireland bowler, took the last three wickets to finish with his second five-wicket haul of the season.
Lightning were without Harry Tector, resting a sore wrist before Sunday’s ODI, and his brother Jack was replaced as opener by Cormac McLaughlin-Gavin, who scored the other half-century of the game before he was dismissed by Lisburn’s Matthew Humphreys.
Meanwhile, after Ireland’s near-miss against India last Tuesday, the selectors have, named an unchanged squad for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand at Stormont on July 18, 20 and 22.
SCORES - Sydney Parade: Leinster Lightning 315-9 (50 overs, B McCarthy 110, C McLaughlin-Gavin 67, S Singh 33, G Hoey 24, G Ford 21; M Humphreys 3-43, T Mayes 3-69) Northern Knights 261 (42.5 overs, N Rock 81, C Carmichael 43, J McCollum 41, R Pretorius 30, A Chore 20, R Adair 19; G Dockrell 5-49, A Sidhu 2-24, B McCarthy 2-32). Lightning won by 54 runs.
Ireland T20 squad (v New Zealand): A Balbirnie (capt), M Adair, C Campher, G Delany, G Dockrell, S Doheny, J Little, A McBrine, B McCarthy, C Olphert, P Stirling, H Tector, L Tector, C Young.
Faughan Valley Cup semi-finals: Bonds Glen v Brigade, Coleraine v Newbuildings. Eric Cooke Cup: Burndennett v Eglinton, Bready v Donemana.
Sperrin Springs Cup: Strabane v Glendermott, Fox Lodge v Ardmore. All games on Saturday.