Cricket: Getkate stakes early World Cup claim as Simmons looks on
There is no doubt that Shane Getkate believes he can make the final 15 for next year's World Cup finals in Australasia – the difficult bit is persuading the Ireland selectors he should be on the plane.
But the former Ireland Under-19 international has wasted no time in staking an early claim. On his senior inter-provincial debut for the Northern Knights, he took four for 25 in 11.2 overs to top and tail a North West Warriors innings which flattered to deceive.
Even better for Getkate, Phil Simmons was watching from the Stormont Pavilion.
The National Coach cannot have failed to have been impressed by him, as the Warriors were dismissed for 190 and by the close, on a day of missed opportunities for batsmen, the Northern Knights still trailed by 47 with five first wickets innings standing.
Getkate told everyone of his ambition when, ignored by the Leinster Lightning selectors, he left North County and was snapped up by Civil Service North, giving him the chance to play representative cricket for the Knights.
An inauspicious start to the season saw him left out of the one-day team which played the Warriors last week but when Nigel Jones was denied even unpaid leave by his employers – Cricket Ireland, believe it or not – for this three-day game, Getkate got his chance to take the next step in his career.
Yesterday, he struck with his third ball of the match, having David Barr, the North West's leading scorer this season, caught at long leg and he followed that up with two wickets in the space of three balls, including another in-form batsman, Johnny Thompson caught at slip.
Getkate then ended the innings, having Gary McClintock caught behind in an innings completed on the stroke of tea.
It could have been over even earlier if chances given by Campbell, missed on 17 on his way to the only half century of the day, and McClintock had been taken.
The Warriors catching was no better, with Larkin dropped before he had scored and again on 29, and it was a surprise when he was trapped lbw for 40 and Craig Ervine was also looking a million dollars before he lazily played on to Thompson.
But Andrew White is still there to resume this morning and every run of a lead could be significant.