The Leinster Lightning defeated the Northern Knights by three wickets with almost seven overs to spare in Malahide on Saturday as Lorcan Tucker’s run-a-ball 83 proved the difference in the Test Triangle InterProvincial 50-Over Cup tie.

Entering the fray with the home side teetering at 11/2, Tucker showed all the poise and fluidity of the international batsman he is in compiling a beautiful knock.

Tucker struck eight boundaries all around the wicket and flicked a huge six over fine leg and out of the ground towards the Castle in Malahide as he dominated a 68-run third wicket partnership with Stephen Doheny (26).

Doheny himself had arrived at the crease in the first over after Tuesday’s hero, Jack Tector departed for a first ball duck for the second game in succession against the Knights. When opening partner Kevin O’Brien (11) joined him back in the hutch, it was left to Doheny and Tucker to rebuild.

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