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Getkate shows his class to help the Knights seize initiative in Inter-provincial Cup quest

 

Big hitter: Northern Knights’ Greg Thompson lets fly
Big hitter: Northern Knights’ Greg Thompson lets fly

By Ian Callender

Northern Knights are in a strong position in the T20 Inter-provincial Cup after a second victory yesterday and a wash-out for Leinster Lightning in the second match of the day.

The rain arrived at Pembroke just as Knights completed a 32-run victory over Munster Reds and after a persistent drizzle which prevented a start, the heavy stuff arrived just after 5pm to abandon Lightning's game against North West Warriors, who take two points each.

The holders would have been confident of taking maximum points against a Warriors side bowled out for 78 on Saturday by the Knights for whom Shane Getkate resumed yesterday where he had left off, taking a wicket with his first ball and, having ended the Warriors innings with two in two, he could claim a hat-trick across the two matches.

Getkate took his tally to nine in the first two matches - he had career best figures of 5-8 on Saturday - and, if there was any doubt, booked his place in the Ireland side for the three T20 internationals against Zimbabwe next month.

Before that, there are three one-day internationals - the first next Monday at Bready - and the Ireland selectors, who met last night, will undoubtedly have considered the Instonians all-rounder for an ODI debut in that series as well. He is certainly a man in form.

One certainty for both squads is Mark Adair, and Waringstown skipper Greg Thompson could join him in the T20 squad after a thrilling partnership yesterday which effectively won the match. Adair joined Thompson with one ball left in the 16th over with the Knights struggling to post a competitive total.

But from 106-5, the pair crashed 61 off the remaining 25 balls, Adair with 33 (four sixes and a four) from 12 balls and Thompson scoring 26 (five fours) off his 13. Are there two better finishers at the moment for a T20 game in the NCU?

The brutal finale wrecked the up-to-then respectable bowling figures of JJ Garth (10 runs off his last over), Max Sorensen (13), Jarred Barnes (21) and Eddie Richardson (15), but then T20 cricket these days is invariably a graveyard for bowlers.

So it was especially creditable that Getkate and Adair, who bowled the 18th and 19th overs - Munster were 117-5 after 17, just one run fewer than Knights at the same stage - conceded just seven runs in their final overs and shared three more wickets to finish with four each.

In the other game on Saturday, Matt Ford, the son of Ireland head coach Graham, hit the last two balls of the match for four and six to give Lightning a three-wicket win over the Reds.

Ford, who plays alongside his brother Greg at Malahide, finished 34 not out from 13 balls.

TODAY: Sydney Parade: North West Warriors v Munster Reds (11.30am), Northern Knights v Leinster Lightning (4pm).

Saturday's summaries: North West Warriors 78 (19.2 overs, S Getkate 5-8) Northern Knights 82-3 (10.2 overs, J McCollum 42, S Getkate 27; B Rankin 2-18). Knights (5 pts) beat Warriors (0 pts) by seven wickets.

Munster Reds 181-7 (C Hassett 49, J Tector 47, S Doheny 46, M Sorensen 23; P Chase 3-36) Leinster Lightning 183-7 (20 overs, K O'Brien 56, M Ford 34 not out, G Delany 27, G Dockrell 23; J Benton 3-23, M Sorensen 2-28). Lightning (4 pts) beat Reds (0 pts) by three wickets.

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