Joyce passes milestone to put Lightning in charge
Ed Joyce ensured Leinster Lightning took a stranglehold of their inter-provincial championship clash against the North West Warriors at Oakhill with a fine batting display.
After the Warriors were dismissed for 235, Joyce finished the first day 49 not out, passing 18,000 first class career runs, and a 46th century will be his target on his first appearance at the Co Wicklow venue.
Joyce has already hit eight fours, including three in Andy McBrine's first over, and a top edged six off Craig Young as Lightning reduced the arrears by 77 without loss.
Jack Tector has been happy to play the secondary role to the class act, performing well as a support batter, and will resume on a modest 18 not out.
McBrine, whose first three overs have cost 21, enjoyed more success with the bat after watching his side slump to 44 for four - and that could have been even worse if Max Neville had not dropped Niall O'Brien before he had scored.
It did not prove too costly as George Dockrell had him caught by Joyce at slip with his seventh ball for 14 and, although Ross Allen, back in the role of opening batsman alongside Irosh Samarasooriya, was out shortly afterwards, David Rankin and Stuart Thompson enjoyed a fifth wicket stand of 62.
In an unfamiliar batting order, McBrine held himself back to No.7, but dominated the second half of the innings, his 67 coming off 125 balls.
He was last man out, 75 minutes before the close, a third wicket for Simi Singh and a third stumping for Lorcan Tucker.
North West Warriors 1st Innings: 235 (A McBrine 67, D Rankin 47, S Thompson 31, S Lazars 24; S Singh 3-59, E Richardson 2-21, M Neville 2-22, G Dockrell 2-53) Leinster Lightning 1st Innings 77-0 (E Joyce 49 not out).
Play resumes today, 11am-6.30pm