Odran Flynn (CricketEurope)
Irelands Wolves beat Netherlands A by 94 runs in Oak Hill in the first international cricket match on the island since September 2019.
On the face of it its looks like a relatively straightforward win for the men in green. However, it was anything but as a record-breaking 10th wicket partnership of 89 between Shane Getkate and Peter Chase changed the entire course of the match.
Getkate smashed 74 off just 40 balls and he hit an astonishing 8 sixes which was one more than the combined total of the other 21 batters in the match.
Shane Getkate batting: Pic Oisin Keniry
Chase made 28 not out which was his highest score in any of his 116 innings outside of club level.
Coming together at 187-9 and with the Dutch sweeping away Wolves resistance having taken 7 wickets for just 70 runs in the previous 13 overs, the likelihood was that a target of less than 200 was on the cards. Indeed, if Musa Nadeem had taken a straightforward catch on the mid-wicket boundary when Getkate was on one, 200 was probably optimistic.
Lower order partnerships often change the momentum of a match and there are few better examples than in this game. The Dutch were cock-a-hoop and high fiving when the ninth wicket fell with 52 balls still left in the innings. Forty minutes later those same players were trooping off the pitch with their heads down and probably with negative thoughts flashing through minds.
Wolves players on the other hand had a spring in their steps as they now had a very defendable score. The momentum created by those last few overs carried over to the Netherlands A innings as the Wolves bowlers, backed up by superb fielding, ripped out three wickets in the first four overs while only conceding four runs.
Peter Chase and Shane Getkate: Pic Oisin Keniry
Graham McCarter tied up one end while Craig Young attacked from the other. 37-year-old Stephan Myburg, trying to regain his place the senior team, was run-out in the first over by a spectacular pick up and direct hit by Curtis Campher who had at best one and a half stumps to aim at.
Young then induced an edge off Vikram Singh’s bat and the man in form George Dockrell flung himself to his right and plucked the ball out of the air. Next ball Bas de Leede was plumb lbw and skipper Scott Edwards found himself at the wicket with less than four overs of the innings gone.
As a shell-shocked batting line-up tried to rebuild through skipper Scott Edwards and Nadeem, they inched their way to 31 in the 14th over when Chase plucked out Nadeem’s off stump. Edwards did not last long nor did Tonny Staal who fell to Campher and Dockrell, respectively. At 40-6 and the run rate required soaring to 7.15 the writing was on the wall.
Action from Oak Hill: Pic Oisin Keniry
A belligerent 42 off 33 deliveries by Tobias Visee at least gave the Wolves attack something to think out but at 125-9 it seemed, in the words of David “Bumble” Lloyd, time to start the car.
Remarkably the Dutch also produced a last wicket stand as 56 at a run a ball was added by Logan van Beek and Viv Kingma which, while never threatening to take their side to victory, at least added respectability. Van Beek top scored with an unbeaten 59 while all six Wolves bowlers took at least one wicket and there were a brace of run outs.
Chase (1-27) and Young (2-37) were hostile and never allowed the batters to settle and they were a good counterpoint to McCarter’s (1-30) accuracy. Batting hero Getkate also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
One note of concern was Campher leaving the field with an injury as he was about to start his fourth over. He has already become a crucial player for his adopted country so it will be fingers crossed that it nothing too serious.
The Wolves innings only had two partnerships of more than 23 and in addition to the last wicket stand Harry Tector, 69 off 89 with 8 fours, and Dockrell continued his superb early season form with 34 off 44 deliveries before falling to a world class catch at extra cover by Van Beek.
It was a very welcome knock by Tector as his representative form in the 50 over format has not been convincing in recent times. Their 92-run partnership looked likely to take Wolves close to 300 and while they came close to achieving that, it happened in a quite different way than they might have anticipated.
Young leg-spinner Philippe Boissevain had the best bowling figures with 3-46 off his full complement and while he bowled some loose deliveries none of the batters took liberties with him. In fact, with what was his worst ball he enticed Tector to mishit a long hop to long-on.
It was interesting that William Porterfield opened the batting for the Wolves as Ireland have struggled in recent times to get a consistent partner for Paul Stirling at the top of the order in ODI’s. However, he only managed 11 off 36 balls today but will be hoping he gets another opportunity before the week is out.
A welcome victory for the Wolves will be tempered by the knowledge that too many players failed with the bat and that record stand papered over the cracks. What was particularly pleasing was that the Wolves pace bowlers outperformed that of their much-vaunted opponents.
The second match is at 10 45 tomorrow where the only place that you will get the best online coverage is, of course, on CricketEurope with Ian Callender and his ball-by-ball coverage.
Scores: Wolves 276-9 off 50 overs (S. Getkate 74*, H. Tector 69, P. Boissevan 3-46) beat Netherlands 182 all out (45.5 overs; L van Beek 59*, T Visee 42; S Getkate 2-26, P Chase 2-37) by 94 runs.