LEINSTER LIGHTNING overcame the MTB Northern Knights at Malahide to win their seventh interpro game of the late-starting season. With their seventh successive IP50 title already secured, preserving their 100% record in 2020 was all Leinster had to play for.

James McCollum made a measured 60 but most of his Knights team-mates got out after getting in until Neil Rock arrived at No8. With Tucker in situ in Leinster, Rush’s Rock moved up the M1 but has had fewer opportunities since Gary Wilson returned from England. He wasn’t asked to keep in his first game of the season yesterday, but took his chance with the bat, making 48 and marshalling a recovery.

A total of 240-9 looked well short of competitive but Jack Tector fell to the first ball he faced – as he did last week in Comber – and Kevin O’Brien went soon after to give the Knights a sniff.

However Stephen Doheny (26) helped steady the ship with the excellent Lorcan Tucker (83). Although there was a minor crisis on 174-6, Simi Singh (63no) and Tyrone Kane (31) ensured a three-wicket Lightning win with 41 balls to spare. Only the Warriors on Monday stand between them and a perfect season.