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Dockrell celebrates Irish recall in Lightning flourish

 

By Ian Callender

On the day he was recalled to the Ireland team, George Dockrell took four of the 15 wickets to fall on the first day of the inter-provincial match at Bready.

Dockrell was the most impressive bowler on view as Leinster Lightning appeared to gain the upper hand in their penultimate game against North West Warriors but, after dismissing their hosts for 122 - the fifth lowest total in the competition's history - Lightning collapsed to 50 for five.

They recovered to 80 for five by the close, with Kevin O'Brien looking good, but there is still everything to play for with the championship trophy up for grabs after four rain-affected draws.

Dockrell's omission from the recent Intercontinental Cup game against Netherlands was a significant factor in Ireland having to be content with a draw, but along with fit-again Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien, the trio return for next month's one-day international against West Indies at Stormont.

They replace the still uncapped Nathan Smith and Jack Tector - who had only four scoring strokes in his 56-ball innings yesterday - and Barry McCarthy, who fractured his thumb batting in the nets.

With Craig Young also still ruled out with his elbow problem, Tim Murtagh and Peter Chase retain their place in the 14-man squad after a disappointing game against the Dutch, as does Jacob Mulder, although with Dockrell and Simi Singh, plus Stirling, to bowl spin, the CIYMS slow bowler is an unlikely starter on September 13.

Niall O'Brien was among the many batsmen who struggled yesterday - facing 30 balls for three - on a pitch which, while helpful for bowlers, was not impossible to score runs on as the last wicket pair of Reece Kelly and Ryan Macbeth proved. Andy Balbirnie, for a duck, was one of three wickets for Davy Scanlon.

Ireland: W Porterfield (capt), J Anderson, A Balbirnie, P Chase, G Dockrell, E Joyce, J Mulder, T Murtagh, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, B Rankin, S Singh, P Stirling, G Wilson.

Scoreboard

NORTH WEST WARRIORS 1ST INNINGS

D Barr b Richardson 7

R Allen b Chase 37

A Gillespie c Tucker b Dockrell 16

N O'Brien b Kane 3

D Rankin b Dockrell 0

S Thompson b Chase 1

A McBrine c Kane b Dockrell 0

J Thompson b Chase 5

D Scanlon c Anderson b Dockrell 9

R Kelly not out 22

R Macbeth c Tector b Balbirnie 14

Extras (8lb) 8

Total (54.2 overs) 122

Fall: 1-9 2-41 3-62 4-69 5-69 6-70 7-70 8-79 9-87

Bowling: T Kane 10-3-28-1, E Richardson 8-3-18-1, P Chase 14-5-30-3, G Dockrell 22-12-38-4, A Balbirnie 0.2-0-0-1

LEINSTER LIGHTNING 1ST INNINGS

E Joyce lbw b Thompson 15

J Tector c N O'Brien b Scanlon 10

J Anderson c McBrine b J Thompson 11

A Balbirnie lbw b Scanlon 0

S Terry lbw b Scanlon 0

K O'Brien not out 32

L Tucker not out 5

Extras (4lb 1w 2b) 7

Total (5 wkts, 27 overs) 80

To bat: E Richardson, G Dockrell, T Kane, P Chase

Fall: 1-25 2-32 3-36 4-36 5-50

Bowling: D Scanlon 10-2-34-3, S Thompson 9-3-17-1, R Macbeth 4-2-2-0, J Thompson 4-1-23-1

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