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Getkate leads by example but Ireland Wolves lack major bite


By Ian Callender

Shane Getkate played a captain's innings for Ireland Wolves but could not prevent a hefty defeat against a strong Gloucestershire II team in Bristol.

Getkate was ninth out for 120 in the Wolves' total of 244 but it was only a consolation as their victory target was a huge 347.

Five dropped catches did not help as the Irish bowlers suffered in an opening stand of 142 and when the second wicket then added another 146, it could have been even worse for the Wolves in the second match of their tour. But, Robert McKinley took four wickets in his final four overs as the county side were restricted to 58 in the last seven overs.

The Wolves gave match action to James McCollum and full internationals Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little who had all sat out Thursday's victory against Bristol University but only Tucker gave Getkate - who hit nine fours and five sixes in his 84-ball innings -any support in a stand of 48 after slumping to 86 for five.

Meanwhile, the Northern Knights have named their teams for next week's games against the Scottish Western Warriors at Shaw's Bridge. No fewer than 20 players will be involved in the two T20 games on Tuesday and a 50 overs game on Wednesday - with three different captains.

Lisburn's Adam Berry captains the Emerging Knights in the first T20 game (11am) with Greg Thompson leading the Knights in the second at 5pm. Getkate takes over on Wednesday (11am).

SCORES: Gloucestershire II 346-7 (50 overs, B Gilmour 128, I Cockbain 83, M Hammond 61; R McKinley 4-65, T Kane 2-45) Ireland Wolves 244 (S Getkate 120, A Dennison 27). Gloucestershire won by 102 runs.

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