Leinster Lightning, current table-toppers, take on Northern Knights in game four of Cricket Ireland’s Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup at The Green in Comber, North Ireland on Sunday, May 16.
Seven-time winners and defending champions LLG registered a 70-run win via the D/L method against NK earlier this month, and are well placed on the money line to pick up a second straight win. Leinster Lightning currently have nine points with a net run rate of 0.927.
Meanwhile, Northern Knights look to upset Leinster Lightning as the former sits rock-bottom with a dismal run rate of -1.667.
NK vs LLG Dream11 prediction
Leinster Lightning’s blistering start in the ninth edition of Cricket Ireland’s Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup gives them a definitive edge in the NK vs LLG matchup. Furthermore, they exposed the missing gaps in Northern Knights’ performance in their recent clash, thereby making a dominant victory for LLG all the more probable.
Inter-Provincial Cup fantasy team picks for NK vs LLG
Top tip: Best batsmen
LLG’s Jamie Grassi is tipped as the top batsman for NK vs LLG, given his fantasy points tally of 141. The 22-year-old is the second-highest run-getter in Inter-Provincial Cup 2021 with 116 runs and will look to build upon his strike rate of 53.70 when he faces the Northern Knights’ bowlers.
Jeremy Lawlor is NK’s best bet in the batting department. Lawlor has 32 runs from his team’s opening fixture in the tournament, against his opponents on Sunday. With 40 fantasy points, the 25-year-old Welsh cricketer must put out a strong performance with the bat to propel Northern Knights to their first win of the 2021 campaign.
Top tip: Best bowlers
Barry McCarthy should be the main strike bowler in your fantasy team, considering he has five wickets in two games and a fantasy haul of 201 points. McCarthy took a four-wicket haul in the opening game against North-West Warriors and is well-placed to pull off a similar act in Sunday’s game against Northern Knights.
NK’s Graeme McCarter is poised to be a gamechanger with the ball against LLG. The 28-year-old Irishman bagged two wickets in the earlier meeting with Leinster Lightning and has been rewarded with 83 fantasy points.
Top tip: All-rounder and wicket-keeper
George Dockrell is undoubtedly rated as the top-performing player for the NK vs LLG game in Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup, as well as the favoured all-rounder for the reverse fixture. Dockrell leads the run charts with 151 runs including an unbeaten century against Northern Knights. With a whopping 258 points to his name, expect a match-winning performance from the 28-year-old.
Lorcan Tucker is backed as the top-rated wicket-keeper for your fantasy team. The LLG gloveman has accounted for four dismissals - three catches and one stumping - and commands an average of two dismissals per game, a figure Northern Knights must be wary of.
NK vs LLG probable XI
Northern Knights probable XI: Neil Rock, Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Harry Tector, Jeremy Lawlor, Mark Adair, Ruhan Pretorius, Graeme McCarter, David Delany, James Cameron Dow, Ben White
Leinster Lightning probable XI: Lorcan Tucker, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Jamie Grassi, Joshua Little, Peter Chase, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, George Dockrell, Andy Balbirnie
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