Getkate returns to haunt CSN as Instonians edge towards safety
Shane Getkate returned to Stormont for the first time since his controversial departure at the start of the season to play the match-winning innings as Instonians inched towards safety in the relegation battle in the Gardiner Bros Premier League.
Getkate, the Ireland Wolves' one-day captain, led the Instonians recovery after they had slumped to 32 for four in reply to Civil Service North's 153 for six, and was there at the finish, 70 not out, when the Shaw's Bridge side won by four wickets.
The victory puts them eight points clear of Lisburn, who have three games to play, one of which is against Instonians, but the other two are against league leaders Waringstown.
It was two weeks into the season before Getkate was finally released by CSN after just two years of his three-year contract, and ironically his first Premier League game was against his former team-mates.
That day he took an impressive 4-20 to help Instonians to a 50-run victory and he returned to haunt CSN again yesterday, facing 95 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes.
His partner at the other end in the unbroken stand of 64 was Nathan Smith, who was 29 not out from just 32 balls as Instonians reached their target with more than eight overs to spare.
A surprise inclusion in the Instonians side was Andrew White, who played with a dislocated little finger on his right hand but still took two for 22 from his full quota of 10 overs and then, batting at No.6, faced 37 balls for 17.
At the other end of the table, CIYMS joined North Down in second place, four points behind Waringstown -all with three games to play - after beating the Comber side by eight wickets.
Nigel Jones and Jacob Mulder each took three wickets as North Down were bowled out for 149 and Jones and Matt McGillivray then put on an unbeaten partnership of 89 to ease the home side to victory in the 38th over.
It was the second victory of the weekend for CI, the first a crushing 103-run DLS victory over hapless Lisburn, who were bowled out for 79.
McGillivray was top scorer with 77 and Chris Dougherty hit 67 as CI finished on 209-6 but although four Lisburn players reached double figures in the reply, the top score was 12. Waringstown hit the front with a 53-run victory in another rain-affected game against Carrickfergus. James Hall made 66 in the Villagers' 212 for seven and although Pat Botha hit 50, Kyle McCallan's 4-33 won the match.
In Saturday's other game, CSN claimed a vital six-wicket win over Muckamore with Mansoor Amjad seeing his side home with 61 not out.
Gardiner Bros Premier League
Belmont: North Down 149 (48.5 overs, A Shields 54, R Pretorius 29; N Jones 3-26, J Mulder 3-37, A Coulter 2-18) CIYMS 151-2 (37.5 overs, M McGillivray 54 not out, N Jones 51 not out, C Dougherty 20). CIYMS won by 8 wickets
Stormont: Civil Service North 152-9 (A Wright 40 not out, M Amjad 39, P Beverland 24; R McKinley 3-25, A White 2-22) Instonians 153-6 (41.2 overs, S Getkate 70 not out, Nat Smith 29; M Amjad 2-20). Instonians won by 4 wickets.