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New dad O'Brien strikes it hot in Lightning success

By Staff Reporter

Kevin O'Brien is now a worldwide commodity in the shortest format of the game and his quality won the opening Twenty20 inter-provincial game of the season at Merrion last night.

Just three days after he became a dad for the first time, O'Brien turned out for Leinster Lightning and hit 42 off 24 balls and then followed up with two wickets as Warriors were bowled out in the last over for 128 and defeated by 41 runs.

It will be a rare appearance in Lightning colours for O'Brien who heads off to Leicestershire on Monday for their one-day campaign but George Dockrell will still be around and he hit three sixes in his 11 ball innings as Lightning scored 23 off the last over to finish on 169-7.

Warriors helped them with at least four misfields which all resulted in boundaries and with places up for grabs in the Ireland T20 team no one put his hand up for a place; captain Andy McBrine was the best on show with bat and ball.

Leinster Lightning 169-7 (K O'Brien 42, S Singh 31, G Dockrell 23, D Joyce 22; A McBrine 2-21, G McClintock 2-24)

North West Warriors 128 (19.2 overs, M Marais 36, A McBrine 26; E Richardson 2-18, K O'Brien 2-19, T Kane 2-23, G Dockrell 2-31). Lightning won by 41 runs.

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