Barry Chambers (CricketEurope)
Barry McCarthy's record six wicket haul, coupled with yet another half century for skipper George Dockrell propelled Leinster Lightning to the top of the table with a 93-runs win against Munster Reds at Sydney Parade.
Man of the Match McCarthy's 6 for 39 were the best figures in the 50-overs Cup format, to further extend his lead at the top of the wicket taking charts, his 16 wickets at 10.75 apiece, 11 more than his rivals.
Barry McCarthy took 6-39: Pics Rodney Smythe
SuperMac's early burst meant Munster never really got into any position to seriously challenge a home total of 271, despite a patient 50 from Murray Commins.
Fionn Hand (27), PJ Moor (23) and Seamus Lynch (21) got starts, but couldn't kick on as the Dubliners bowling unit offered little respite.
Skipper Dockrell has been the bedrock of Lightning's batting, fully vindicating the position to promote him up the order to number five.
His Bradmanesque return of 297 runs this season at 148.50 will see him recalled to Ireland when the squad for the three World Cup Super League games against the Netherlands is confirmed next week.
George Dockrell was in the runs again as his 88 took his season aggregate to 297.
He top scored with a better than even time 88 (10 fours, 1 six), and was supported by Lorcan Tuckerís 58 from 52 balls.
Reds' captain Tyrone Kane 4-46 was the pick of the Munster attack.
Jack Carty, an Irish passport holding Australian, was a late call-up to the Corkmen's line-up. he was drafted in after Aaron Cawley was withdrawn as a precautionary measure following a positive Covid result of a close contact.
Carty, whose relations hail from Waterford, won one cap previously for Munster in 2018, and is the current Youth Coach at Merrrion. He has been very successful in Grade Cricket in Brisbane, being part of a three in a row title side.
Leinster Lightning play the North West Warriors on Tuesday knowing a win will secure the trophy for an eighth year in succession.
Leinster Lightning 271 (48.3 overs; G Dockrell 88, L Tucker 58; T Kane 4-46)
Munster Reds 178 (42.3 overs; M Commins 50; B McCarthy 6-39)
Leinster Lightning won by 93 runs