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Cricket Match Predictions: Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning: Inter-Provincial Series 2021 IP20:- Match 10

Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning
Northern Knights vs Leinster Lightning
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The 10th match of the Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Series IP20 2021 will take place between Leinster Lightning and Northern Knights at the  Pembroke Cricket Club, Sandymount, Dublin, Dublin.

Leinster Lightning currently occupy the bottom spot on points table with a single win in 4 matches played so far.

Northern Knights on the other hand occupy the second spot on points table with 2 wins out of the 4 matches played so far.


Current Form Leinster Lightning:

Leinster Lightning have lost their last match to Munster Reds by 7 wickets.

Munster Reds won the toss and elected to field first.

Leinster Lightning lost their key batter Kevin O’Brien in the 4th over itself followed by Andrew Balbirnie. George Dockrell started off with a promise but fell prey to Fionn Hand in the 6th over and Leinster Lightning were reduced to 44 for 3. Simi Singh looked like he was playing on an entirely different surface. He timed the ball very well and continued to find the gaps with ease. He kept losing partners at the other end and could not really take off the innings. Jamie Grassi disappointed after getting dismissed for a duck. Barry McCarthy and Tim Tector too could not do enough to rescue the innings. Simi Singh was eventually dismissed in the 15th over after making an impactful 61 off 38 balls. Joshua Little at number 10 played a patient but important innings of 14 to take the team’s total past 130 mark to 133 for 9 in 20 overs.

 

Chasing 133, Munster Reds found themselves in troubled waters when Barry McCarthy removed Seamus Lynch and the in-form Murray Commins in the first over of the chase. He shook the top order of Munster Reds and the situation demanded Peter Moor to step up and put in a winning performance. He played superbly and ensured that there was no further damage done by the opening bowlers of Leinster Lightning. He stitched an important partnership of 60 runs for the 3rd wicket with Jack Carty.  Carty batted at a strike rate of 50 but his innings complimented that of Peter Moor very well. After Carty’s dismissal, Matt Ford came on to the crease and started dominating the bowlers from ball one. At the other end, Peter Moor converted the start he got into a half century. Both the batters looked confident and poised enough to chase down the total set by Leinster Lightning. Peter Moor smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground from 15th over onwards. He finished unbeaten at 95 off 58 balls to take his team home by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare.


Current Form Northern Knights:

Northern Knights lost their last game to North West Warriors by a close margin of 1 run.

Northern Knights won the toss and asked North West Warriors to have a bat first.

Stephen Doheny looked dominant from the word go and got his team off to a flyer. However, the joy in North West Warriors did not last too long as he perished in the 4th over, followed by Nathan McGuire. The last match hero William Porterfield also could not impress much as he was dismissed for 8 by Ruhan Pretorius. All of a sudden, North West Warriors were 31 for 3 and looked in all sorts of trouble.

This is when Shane Getkate and William McClintock came to their team’s rescue and stitched a partnership of 84 runs for the 4th wicket. McClintock made 54 off 32 balls while Shane Getkate played a valuable innings of 36 in 29 balls. Captain Andy McBrine also played a handy knock of 27 in the latter half of the innings. In the end, North West Warriors reached a respectful total of 160 for 6 in 20 overs.

 

Chasing an over par target of 160, Northern Knights lost their key batter Paul Stirling in the first over of the chase. Jeremy Lawlor made a comeback in the team but could not make a big impact as he took 23 balls for his knock of 28 runs. He was dismissed through an unfortunate run-out. Harry Tector too lost his wicket at an important occasion and Northern Knights were reduced to 43 for 4 in the 7th over. Mark Adair and Neil Rock tried to revive the innings with their stand of 47 runs for the 5th wicket before Adair fell prey to Andy McBrine.

Neil Rock continued to steer the chase and he found able partners in Ruhan Pretorius and Ross Adair. After Rock was dismissed on the first ball of the 20th over, Ross Adair took the responsibility of taking the team over the line on his shoulders.  He fought very hard but Northern Knights fell short by just 1 run in the end. Ross Adair ran himself out in an unfortunate manner and North West Warriors were over the cloud with the win.



Let's have a look at the squads:

Northern Knights: Harry Tector (capt), Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow, David Delany, Luke Georgeson, Jeremy Lawlor, Graeme McCarter, James McCollum, Ruhan Pretorius, Neil Rock, Ben White.

Leinster Lightning:  George Dockrell (capt), Lorcan Tucker (v/c), Rory Anders, Andrew Balbirnie, JJ Garth, Jamie Grassi,Josh Little, Barry McCarthy,Kevin O’Brien,David O’Halloran, Simi Singh, Tim Tector


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Leinster Lightning

Who will win? Leinster Lightning

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Harry Tector (Northern Knights), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ben White (Northern Knights), Joshua Little (Leinster Lightning)

Most Sixes – Harry Tector (Northern Knights), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning)

Player of the Match- George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning)

Team Scores Batting first - Northern Knights 130+, Leinster Lightning 160+

Match Handicap: Leinster Lightning


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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In-Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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