Kevin O'Brien's brilliant knock of 82 was the difference between Leinster Lightning and the North West Warriors at Sydney Parade on Thursday as the home side posted a 24-run (DLS) in a reduced 12-over Interprovincial T20 contest.

A late start and another break in between spoiled the game somewhat as a spectacle, but O'Brien's sparkling innings made up for the delay.

He hit 3 fours and 8 sixes- one of which left a hole in his own car windscreen- in a destructive effort that lasted 37 balls.

Simi Singh (25*) shared in a 93-run stand with the Railway Union man as Lightning made 124-4; Graham Hume (3-18) the only Warriors' bowler to escape the melee.

As if things weren't bad enough, the visitors target was subsequently adjusted to 128 and despite a decent effort in reply, Andy McBrine's team were never in front.

William Porterfield showed that he retains plenty of class too- the new Warwickshire T20 assistant coach hitting 3 fours and 4 sixes in the reply- his 50 coming off 30 deliveries.

The North West side couldn't narrow the gap however and Porterfield apart, the Lightning bowlers were on top.

Singh was on the mark with the ball as well- picking up 3-11, while Peter Chase and Tyrone Kane claimed a couple each as the Warriors closed on 104-8.