Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane has been added to the Leinster Lightning squad for their games against MTB Northern Knights and NW Warriors.
Nigel Jones' side have already completed the double by virtue of bonus points wins against their upcoming opponents but the Dubliners will be keen to finish the season unbeaten and won't be relaxing as the finishing line approaches.
“We’re obviously delighted to secure the IP50 again this season, and full credit to the boys,” Jones said.
“We’ve played some really good cricket, with plenty of positive intent to produce dominant performances and secure the trophy.
“That’s important of course, but it’s part of the process for us as a squad. It’s important that we continue to build through these last two games and continue to get better. Everyone has been contributing well to our brand of cricket and taken a step forward.
“We’ll be going into Saturday with that mindset, looking to put on another good performance and take the good things that we did in Bready, where the boys played really well in some tough conditions.
“Collectively we’ve been brilliant this season and seen the development of a lot of youngsters even in a short season, however Kevin O’Brien at the top of the order in both competitions has been exemplary for our younger guys.
“The way he has gone about his cricket this season getting us off to great starts and adapting when the conditions have been tough has been fantastic.
“Whether it’s the T20 against the Warriors at Pembroke when he got 80-odd in no time at all (82 off 37), or when we needed to chase down a score of just over 200 in really tough conditions at Bready in the IP50 on Tuesday, Kevin’s hunger and desire to perform has been brilliant.
“At Bready he just set about knocking off the runs, making sure he wasn’t putting us under any pressure in doing so and he batted beautifully in partnership with Jack Tector, showing a different side to his game.
“That’s been really pleasing how the guys have been feeding off his professional approach. Hopefully there are two more performances in Kevin, and we’ll see the younger guys stand up again too.”
The games at Malahide both get under way at 10:15am with Lightning facing the Knights on Saturday and the Warriors on Monday.
Leinster Lightning Squad for 50-over Cup vs Northern Knights and North West Warriors, September 26th and 28th, Malahide CC, 10.15am