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Max Sorensen fires timely reminder to Ireland chiefs

By Ian Callender

Max Sorensen, the man consistently overlooked by the Ireland selectors, proved again he is a genuine all-rounder as Leinster Lightning took control of the final inter-provincial championship game against the Northern Knights at Rathmines.

Sorensen hit 78 from 103 balls, with eight fours and four sixes, to give the Lightning innings a momentum badly missing in a first session dominated by the Knights' bowlers, who had reduced the holders to 56 for four.

But John Mooney, dropped on eight, went on to score 125 and his fifth wicket partnership of 149 with Sorensen decisively turned the game, which Lightning must win to complete a clean sweep of the inter-pro trophies.

To be fair, the NCU bowlers stuck to their task and at one stage Jacob Mulder, who on his debut outbowled the much more experienced James Cameron-Dow, took three wickets in 10 balls but Mooney and his cousin, Eddie Richardson, took the advantage away for a second time with 46 from the six overs with the second new ball before the declaration, on Mooney's dismissal, at 337 for nine. Mooney scored just 11 runs from his first 64 balls, but his next 114 came off 131 with 14 fours and three sixes in a controlled display.

Knights, who ended the day on 49 for one, went into the game with 10 players unavailable and lost their captain Lee Nelson with a hamstring injury. North Down's Peter Eakin, named as 12th man, will replace him for the rest of the match and he is able to play a full part as Nelson is a contracted player with Cricket Ireland.

Scores: Leinster Lightning 1st innings 337-9 dec (J Mooney 125, M Sorensen 78, T Kane 29, E Richardson 25 not out; J Mulder 3-85, J Cameron-Dow 3-93, S Getkate 2-42) Northern Knights 1st innings 49-1 (C Dougherty 20). Continues today at 10.30am

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