Leinster Lightning skipper George Dockrell cut a proud figure as he posed with another interpro trophy at his home patch of Rathmines.
Dockrell was justifiably elated at the character displayed by his team after they won by 58-runs despite having slumped to 34 for 5 in the Cup showdown with rivals NW Warriors.
“I think it was an exceptional performance from the lads. That opening spell by Andy Britton was incredible and had us in some serious trouble,” Dockrell told CricketEurope.
“All credit to the lower order for doing what they’ve managed a few times this year and getting us out of a tight spot. They did really well and gave us a target to bowl at. “In terms of with the ball we didn’t extract the same sort of nip from the pitch that they managed but we stuck at it and got our rewards. There was a lot of pressure coming into this game and we have come out of the right side of it.”
With the game in the balance, Dockrell surprised many observers as he threw the ball to Kevin O’Brien, who had been mauled in his opening spell. However, the decision proved an inspired one as O’Brien responded with a triple-wicket maiden to all but seal the contest.
“Kevin had a tough opening spell coming into the win, but I knew he always has the ability in him to change the game with that bat or ball and he certainly did it today with those three wickets in the over just as the Warriors were creeping back into it.”
The 2018 campaign has been the most competitive in recent times, and Dockrell relishes the increased competition from the other Unions.
“It’s been a great series to play in this year. Teams have been competitive the whole way through with the Warriors winning the Championship. We saw just how open the T20 competition was too, so it’s great for the game here.
“It’s certainly gone up a level from last year and we have been pushed all the way which is great for the interpro competition. I hope the standard continues to improve, and the competition grows and becomes even better.”