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Northern Knights are thwarted by Lightning

Andrew Poynter hit the last ball of the Leinster Lightning innings for six, Gary Kidd failed to do the same from the last ball of the match and that ultimately was the difference between winning and losing the first Hanley Energy inter-provincial of the season at Stormont.

But the Northern Knights will be wondering how they lost it after Nigel Jones and Chris Dougherty had put on 72 for the first wicket in 10 overs.

Lightning stormed back to take wickets in each of the next five overs and then, crucially, Tyrone Kane claimed a hat-trick, dismissing Shane Getkate and Peter Eakin off the last balls of his third over and Knights skipper Andrew White to the first ball of the next.

Max Sorensen, left out of the Ireland squad to play England next Friday, had conceded 27 off his first three overs but was entrusted with the last with Knights requiring 17 to win. Although Kidd managed two fours, his attempt to clear the boundary from the final ball ended in a tame single.

The game was dominated by Poynter with 52 from 47 balls - five fours and two sixes - and Jones's 61, one ball quicker with an extra six.

Ducks for James Shannon, Greg Thompson and Eakin saw Lightning win by five runs.

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