Leinster Lightning Head Coach Nigel Jones is looking for a positive response from his side after their weekend loss to the Knights as they name an unchanged squad for their clash with Munster Reds.
They wilted under a boundary barrage from Paul Stirling, losing by five wickets despite Andrew Balbirnie's magnificent 126.
“It’s obviously disappointing from a results point of view and there’s certainly a couple of areas we identified where we need to smarten up and improve," said Jones.
“We rebuilt quite well after being two down within the first couple of overs, but we couldn’t quite get the push on that we would have liked up to the 20 over mark and never really got into our stride
“Knowing that ground so well, we probably needed 280. Potentially we could have pushed a little earlier, but that period of 2-18 kind of killed us really and left us short at 244.
“With the ball, we knew what we wanted to do and where we wanted to put the ball for Stirling, but we sort of fed his strengths a little. Sometimes, the more you try to avoid something, the more it happens. It can’t be underestimated how destructive that innings was.
“The boys spoke honestly after the game, we know where we let ourselves down, but when the chance comes to Thursday, we’ll be looking to put that right and get ourselves back into the competition.
“Special mention again to young David O’Halloran in just his third game for the Lightning. He keeps impressing us with his attitude, his effort and ultimately his execution. I thought he had a reasonable day at the office for us given the situation of the game on Sunday so that’s really pleasing to see. At the training ground, we’ve got a number of young bowlers pushing hard and it’s great to see that and to keep developing as many as possible.
“From a batting perspective it was great to have Bal back and it was a quality knock from him, while the skipper continued his brilliant form for us.
I know the other guys will be keen to bounce back and we’ve spoken a little about that. Some haven’t quite hit their straps and have missed out this season but we’re looking for a response on Thursday and heading into the remaining games in the competition.”
Leinster Lightning continue their IP50 campaign with home and away fixtures against the Munster Reds this week. First up is a home fixture at Sydney Parade on Thursday, followed by a trip to Cork and The Mardyke on Saturday. Both games will start at 10.45am.
Leinster Lightning Squad for 50-Over Cup v Munster Reds
Thursday May 20th, Pembroke CC, 10.45am , Saturday May 22nd, The Mardyke, Cork, 10.45am
George Dockrell (capt) – Phoenix
Lorcan Tucker (v/c) – Pembroke
Andrew Balbirnie – Pembroke
Peter Chase – Malahide
Jamie Grassi – Phoenix
Josh Little – Pembroke
Barry McCarthy – Pembroke
Kevin O’Brien – Railway Union
David O’Halloran – Malahide
Simi Singh – YMCA
Jack Tector – YMCA
Tim Tector – YMCA