When you win a T20 match by 9 wickets with 12 overs to spare the word facile springs to mind.
Such a result was always on the cards when you are pitting a team with 9 full internationals against one that has players with potential but lack experience.

With so much bad weather around Andrew Balbirnie had no hesitation in putting the Reds into bat when he won the toss.

The tone of the innings was set when Curtis Campher ran out Jack Tector after just three balls. There were two other run outs in the innings as the batters scrambled to get some sort of a respectable total.

Unfortunately for the Reds they never got any momentum and were dismissed for a paltry 76 with three deliveries unused. Even that total was thanks to top scorer JJ Garth whose 26 included four of the ten boundaries in the innings.

The bowling largely overwhelmed the callow batting line up. However, while Campher and Josh Little both went at more than a run a ball, the rest of the attack exercised a vice like grip on the batsmen. Peter Chase took 1-6 off 3.3 overs, Gareth Delany 3-8 off 4 overs, Simi Singh 1-12 of his full quota and Tyrone Kane 1-5 from 2 overs.

In their reply Lightning were determined to finish the match as quickly as possible to achieve a bonus point. After a circumspect first over Delany and Kevin O’Brien blasted the Reds attack to all corners hitting 11 boundaries and two enormous sixes from O’Brien. Although Garth bowled Delany with just 12 runs required the end came quickly.

What impact the absence of Balbirnie, Delany and possibly Campher will make remains to be seen but there are plenty of young ambitious players waiting to step up to the mark.


Leinster Lightning vs Munster Reds
T20 Match Played At Sydney Parade, 20-Aug-2020, List A T20
Leinster Lightning Win by 9 wkts
Munster Reds 1st Innings 76/10 All Out (Overs 19.3, GJ Delany 3-8 )
Leinster Lightning 1st Innings 77/1 Closed (Overs 8c KJ O'Brien 45*)