Table-toppers Leinster Lightning lock horns with second-placed North West Warriors on Tuesday, May 25, to consolidate their lead in Cricket Ireland’s Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup.
Seven-time winners and defending champions LLG have lost just one game in the competition so far, and are coming off a 93-run victory over Munster Reds. With 16 points from five matches and a net run rate of 0.789, Leinster Lightning are well-placed to end their campaign in style.
Meanwhile, North West Warriors saw their last match against Northern Knights abandoned and will need maximum points to stay in touch with the top spot.
NWW vs LLG Dream11 prediction
Leinster Lightning are placed on the moneyline to win match nine of Cricket Ireland’s Inter-Provincial Limited Over Cup. LLG won the reverse meeting against NWW by six wickets and will be keen to add to the woes of North West Warriors.
Inter-Provincial Cup fantasy team picks for NWW vs LLG
Top tip: Best batsmen
Leinster Lightning will bank on the influential Andy Balbirnie to be the top-performing batsman in NWW vs LLG. The 30-year-old has 133 runs from three games and has a tally of 173 fantasy points. Balbirnie hit a match-winning 126 in the reverse meeting and will be eager to bounce back after two single-digit outings.
William Porterfield is NWW’s best bet in the batting department. Porterfield has 115 runs at a strike rate of 65.34 and is tipped to 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 cricket team, considering he has 16 wickets in five games and a fantasy haul of 563 points. McCarthy bagged six wickets in the recent game against Munster Reds and is backed by the odds to pull off a similar act in Tuesday’s meeting with North West Warriors.
NWW’s Andy McBrine is poised to be a gamechanger with the ball against LLG. The 28-year-old Irishman, with five wickets in the Inter-Provincial Cup, managed to scalp just one wicket in the earlier meeting with Leinster Lightning and will be eager to build upon his fantasy points count of 268.
Top tip: All-rounder and wicket-keeper
George Dockrell is undoubtedly rated as the top-performing player for the NWW 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 297 runs including three fifty-plus scores to his name. With 468 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 11 dismissals - 10 catches and one stumping - and commands an average of two dismissals per game, a figure North West Warriors must be wary of.
NWW vs LLG playing XI (probable)
North West Warriors probable XI: William Smale (wicket-keeper), William Porterfield, Stuart Thompson, Nathan McGuire, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Boyd Rankin, Graham Kennedy, Ross Allen, David Rankin
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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