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Sorensen gives Ireland coach food some for thought

By Staff Reporter

Max Sorensen staked a claim to be included in the Ireland squad for the one-day international against Australia at the end of the month as Leinster Lightning retained the Inter-provincial Cup with a 79-runs victory over Northern Knights at Waringstown.

Four of the five Ireland selectors, including Head Coach John Bracewell, were present at The Lawn yesterday as Sorensen, batting at No 5, hit 39 off 34 balls (three fours and two sixes) in Lightning’s 217 and although brought on only as fifth bowler, he took one for 13 in four overs.

But, for the second week in a row, the Knights batting disappointed — only Rassie van der Dussen contributed more than the 19 extras in the innings — albeit on a pitch which favoured the bowlers.

Kevin O’Brien travelled with the squad but was left out with a slight hamstring injury and he will miss the three-day Championship game against the Knights, starting at Stormont this morning (11am). In-form Clontarf opener Adrian D’Arcy replaces him in the squad.

A crazy weekend of scores and results in the NCU Premier League was completed yesterday, also at Stormont, when Lisburn’s Callum Atkinson took five wickets for nine runs in 5.4 overs as Civil Service North were bowled out for 49. Despite being dismissed for 65 themselves on Saturday by CIYMS, Lisburn completed a 10-wickets win inside 10 overs to move two victories clear of the bottom.

Inter-provincial Cup: The Lawn: Leinster Lightning 217 (49.5 overs, E Delany 48, M Sorensen 39, D Joyce 36; A White 4-44, L Nelson 2-49) Northern Knights 138 (35.4 overs, R van der Dussen 22; J Mooney 4-25, Yaqoob Ali 3-20). Leinster Lightning (5 pts) beat Northern Knights (0 pts) by 79 runs

Ulster Bank Premier League: At Stormont, Civil Service North 49 (22.4 overs, C Atkinson 5-9, D Simpson 2-11) Lisburn 50-0 (9.4 overs, D Simpson 38 not out). Lisburn won by 10 wickets.

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