Shane Getkate showed why he is a T20 international with a superb all-round performance to guide Ireland Wolves to victory in yesterday’s game against Scotland A in Oak Hill.
The Instonians all-rounder took 3-25 and followed up with an unbeaten 47 from 25 balls, which included three successive sixes, as Wolves took an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series which concludes today.
Chasing 140 for victory, the game-changing over was the 15th of the Wolves innings when Getakte and Harry Tector scored 24, leaving them requiring just 30 to win. Although Tector was dismissed next ball for 28, and Mark Adair was also out five short of victory, Getkate was still there at the end when Tyrone Kane hit the winning run.
Getkate’s wickets were three of the top four Scottish batsmen – he also held a low catch to dismiss the opener he missed out on - as he struck twice in his first eight balls and then claimed the vital scalp of the top scorer in Sunday’s abandoned game, Craig Wallace, forcing him to play on.
That reduced the Scots to 95-6 and although 21 came off the next two overs, the return of Mark Adair restricted them to 139-8.
Adair began his bowling with that rare commodity in T20 cricket, a maiden - to Dylan Budge, the scorer of a century in the first 50-over game last week – and followed up by conceding just 11 singles and a two, and when he held a return catch in his last over it was no more than he deserved.
Kane was brought in to replace the out-of-form Jack Tector in the only change from Sunday but he didn’t bowl and came in at No 8!
Tector’s opening batting spot went to Gareth Delany but he failed to survive the first ball of the innings. At least the Wolves still had a specialist opener in Rush’s Nathan McGuire and he filled the role to perfection with 34 from 26 balls (four fours and a six).
Ollie Metcalfe, in his second game in Irish colours, added a valuable 40 with McGuire for the second wicket before he was bowled for 10 from 19 balls but that was still nine more than the much more experienced Lorcan Tucker who got a leading edge and was caught at mid-off to leave the Wolves 42-3.
Delany was out two overs later but then came Getkate.