Leinster Lightning batsman Andrew Balbirnie was delighted to finally get on the field and score a century to contribute to his team's six-wicket win against Northern Knights.
His 125 helped Lightning chase down 290 to seal the win with 19 balls to spare. It was the former Middlesex's man second hundred in the interpro 50-over format.
"It was such a relief to actually get a game after all the delays we have had out here,” said Balbirnie.
“Credit to the Knights who I thought batted pretty well and looked to be in a strong position. I thought we battled back pretty well with our seam/spin combination in that late 30 early 40 overs period.
"290 was a decent score on a track that was quite slow but didn’t have any demons in it. I thought our chase was great after the early wickets. We saw how they went about t and knew wickets in hand would be key as the innings went on and that’s how it transpired."
Balbirnie and his Sydney Parade team mate Lorcan Tucker took the contest away from the Knights with a 162-run stand for the third wicket after struggling initially against the Knights attack.
"It was a great partnership between myself and Lorcan who came in and scored quickly, striking the ball very hard. That really took the pressure off and with Kevin’s experience and our depth we won relatively comfortably in the end. It’s a great win for us and nice to leave Spain top of the table.
“From a personal perspective, it always great for the confidence to get runs under the belt early, and especially so with such a busy summer ahead.”