THERE was a lot of rust on show in the first cricket interpro of the season but Leinster Lightning had enough of the 3-in-1 to ease to victory over North-West Warriors.
It was a cricket-free winter for almost all these players, but it was a man whose only previous game for the province was four years ago to the day who saw Leinster home.
Jamie Grassi has had his ups and downs but drew a break when Andrew Balbirnie was forced into quarantine. The Ireland skipper ended his sojourn with Glamorgan a week ago but he was unable to get a ferry ticket home in time to play in Lightning’s opening two fixtures.
Warriors lost the toss and found it hard to score against a mostly disciplined attack, with George Dockrell (2-47) showing a new zip in his bowling and Barry McCarthy (4-32) showing his knack of getting wickets hasn’t deserted him.
Graham Hume (44no) and Andy McBrine (38) ensured Warriors reached 204 but that was never likely to be enough.
Grassi came in during the 6th over and found an ally in Jack Tector (34). At 92-3 he was joined by Dockrell and the pair added 106 when Grassi was dismissed for 82. Dockrell completed a classy fifty to complete a six wicket win.