A frustrating day at Sydney Parade saw Leinster Lightning denied victory by the weather in their interpro cup game against Munster Reds.

After almost five hours delay, the perseverance of both sides was rewarded initially when a 23-overs contest got the green light.

Munster Reds lost two early wickets to be 11-2 in the 3rd over, but skipper Tyrone Kane went on the attack, as he hit two sixes and two fours in an entertaining innings of 31, before being well caught off his own bowling by Simi Singh.

The Ford brothers - sons of Ireland Head Coach Graham - added vital runs with Matt top scoring with an unbeaten 45 from 34 balls (4 fours, 1 six), while Greg scored an uptempo 21.

Matt Ford: Pic Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Barry McCarthy , the bowler of the tournament so far, impressed again on his home patch, with 2-18 from his five overs, while Josh Little generated great pace finishing with 2-26 from his five.

Lightning started with a bang, their intentions clear from the outset, with Jack Tector clearing the ropes from the first ball he faced.

In conjunction with Kevin O'Brien, the opening pair added 46, before the YMCA man, having made 24 from 19 balls was out in an unusual fashion, stepping across his stumps and glancing the ball straight onto the middle stump.

A 17 minute rain delay saw three overs lost with the DLS target readjusted to 131 from 20 overs.

Kevin O’Brien livened things up in the gloom depositing two sixes into neighbouring houses as he moved to 38 from 30 balls, but having reached 69-1, further rain meant the match was abandoned.

Kevin O'Brien hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 38*: Pic Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The no result gives the Lightning two points and takes them back above the North West Warriors on the Cup table.

Munster Reds and Leinster Lightning play the return fixture on Saturday, however, due to wet conditions at The Mardyke both sides have agreed to move the fixture to Pembroke Cricket Club.

The Warriors and Knights are due to play at Bready on Friday, but given the forecast, it too could well fall victim to the weather.

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