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Tyrone Kane stakes his Irish claim by killing off Warriors

By Staff Reporter

Tyrone Kane continues to stake his claim for a place in Ireland's World Twenty20 squad this summer with the best ever bowling figures in an inter-provincial.

After taking four wickets in his first two games against the Northern Knights, the Merrion bowler, on his home ground, became the first to take five wickets in a T20 inter-provincial as Leinster Lightning completed a third straight victory.

Kane's impressive opening burst reduced the North West Warriors to 31 for five.

Although Stuart Thompson with a superb 71 from 56 balls (six fours and three sixes) and Graeme McCarter added a record 90 for the sixth wicket, a total of 131 was unlikely to challenge an in-form side.

And, despite economical but wicketless spells from Craig Young and Gary McClintock, it didn't.

John Mooney, opening the batting once again, saw his side to victory with 16 balls to spare, finishing 53 not out, from 52 balls (seven fours) and Max Sorensen ended the game with two sixes.

The Warriors are straight back into red ball mode tomorrow with their second game of the inter-provincial Championship, against the Knights, starting at Downpatrick (11am).

They have replaced both their overseas players from the drawn game at Clontarf, with Donemana's Jan Frylinck and Coleraine's Kyllin Vardhan included this time.

Scores: North West Warriors 131-6 (20 overs, S Thompson 71, G McCarter 39; T Kane 5-15) Leinster Lightning 137-3 (17.2 overs, J Mooney 53, K Carroll 33, M Sorensen 24 not out). Lightning won by 7 wickets.

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