A record last wicket stand of 89 between Shane Getkate and Peter Chase was the difference between the teams as Ireland Wolves won the delayed first game in the three-match series against Netherlands A at Oak Hill.
Getkate passed 50 for the fifth time in a List A match and Chase made his highest score to propel the Wolves from 187 for nine to a more than adequate 276. The Dutch also produced a 57-run partnership for the 10th wicket but they never threatened to match Getkate’s heroics and were 94 runs short when Stephen Doheny’s catch ended the match.
The Instonians all-rounder hit eight sixes – six of them in an astonishing nine balls as Ireland added 42 from the last two overs.
The partnership lasted only 52 balls but Getkate should not even have been in the middle when Chase came to the wicket. He had been dropped at deep mid-wicket from his seventh ball with only one to his name and the mayhem started shortly afterwards.
Chase played his part to the full, however, dominating the strike for the first six overs they were together and helping himself to three fours and a six. But he too was put down, on 15 with the total on 217. The remaining 59 runs put the Wolves out of sight.
James McCollum, Josh Little and Barry McCarthy were the players left out of the 14-man squad and while there is expectation that McCollum, as he predicted, will be able to play in at least one of the two remaining games, after dislocating his shoulder last week, Curtis Campher hobbled off after bowling three overs and will be assessed this morning.
After the overnight rain which washed out Monday’s action, it was a gloriously sunny, prompt start yesterday and the first half of the Wolves innings was dominated by captain Harry Tector and George Dockrell’s third wicket stand of 92.
Dockrell, promoted to No 4 after scoring a century for Leinster Lightning, was first to go, to a stunning, low catch at extra cover but Tector was disgusted by his dismissal, pulling a long hop from the leg spinner to long-on.
That prompted a collapse of six wickets for 36 runs, including debutant Tim Tector, who gave Phillipe Boissevain his third wicket.
Just as important as the last wicket stand was the opening bowling by McCarter and Craig Young who with the help of a superb throw by Campher reduced the Dutch to four for three.
They were well backed up by Peter Chase who was hostile and Getkate who completed his perfect day with two wickets.