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Northern Knights facing tough ask in inter-pro finale

By Ian Callender

The final day of the inter-provincial season was set up for a thrilling conclusion at Rathmines today with Northern Knights needing 322 runs and Leinster Lightning nine wickets, with the winners receiving the Championship trophy.

It may seem like a fair contest but the Knights will have to show a batting resolve and skill factor which has been so badly missing all summer. It continued into their first innings yesterday when they were bowled out for just 174, conceding a first innings lead of 163.

Fintan McAllister, with his first representative century from just 92 balls, and Jack Tector, on his debut, rammed home that advantage with an opening stand of 147 in just 26 overs. Four overs later, John Mooney showed what he thought of the Knights batting by declaring, leaving the NCU side a victory target of just three runs an over, exactly what they achieved in the first innings.

Only Shane Getkate batted longer than nightwatchman James Cameron-Dow and the latter's reward was to keep the number three slot. He had to survive only four balls last night before the umpires took the players off for bad light, five overs short of the day's quota.

George Dockrell, also making his Lightning debut, sent down 13 accurate overs for two wickets and he is a major reason why Lightning are big favourites today.

Scores: Leinster Lightning 337-9 dec (87.4 overs, J Mooney 125, M Sorensen 78; J Mulder 3-85, J Cameron-Dow 3-93) and 191-1 dec (30 overs, F McAllister 105 not out, J Tector 57) Northern Knights 174 (68.1 overs, S Getkate 39, J McCollum 30, J Cameron-Dow 21; M Sorensen 3-51, G Dockrell 2-21, T Kane 2-25) and 33-1 (10 overs, J McCollum 21). Today 10.30am-6.00pm.

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