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Getkate's super century helps hungry Wolves set up decider

 

Ton up: Shane Getkate was on top form yesterday
Ton up: Shane Getkate was on top form yesterday

By Ian Callender

A superb first List A century by Shane Getkate and an undefeated 64 from captain Harry Tector has set up a decider today in the three-match series between Ireland Wolves and Scotland A in Oak Hill.

Getkate, who made his Ireland debut in February, came to the middle at 59-4, with a victory target of 243, and finished 104 not out, with eight fours and five sixes out of a record Wolves stand of 184 with Tector, who finished with five fours and a six despite not hitting a boundary in his first 26 runs (46 balls).

For the second day in a row, Scotland A also had a centurion, this time the experienced Michael Leask, who almost single-handedly rescued the visitors from the perils of 119-7. He was out for 110 from just 75 balls, with 14 fours and three sixes, in the 42nd over, during which time his two partners scored 14 of the 106 runs.

Getkate, one of six Wolves bowlers who got among the wickets, claimed the prize scalp of Wednesday's match-winner Dylan Budge for just 40 this time, and it was Graham Kennedy, in the sixth of his seven economical overs, who finally dismissed Leask.

Ross Allen was given his Wolves debut, in place of Stephen Doheny who has been ruled out of the series with a muscle strain, and the Brigade slow bowler struck with his second ball, while Craig Young and Peter Chase, who replaced Tyrone Kane in the other change from Wednesday's 25 runs defeat, shared three wickets in their opening spells.

James McCollum again got a start but, disappointingly, was trapped lbw having hit 36 from 33 balls. The promotion of Kennedy to No.3 didn't work, but he lasted longer than Tector, caught behind, and Lorcan Tucker, caught at deep mid-wicket for one.

But Kennedy's dismissal, a second wicket for Leask, proved to be the Scots' last success as Getkate and Tector, who came together in the 17th over, won the match in style with more than five overs to spare, the Instonians all-rounder bringing up his century with a six and four from his 84th and 85th deliveries.

Tector gave all the credit for the win to Getkate.

"Shane was outstanding. To see the way he has gone on since the tour of Sri Lanka this winter has been excellent and I'm absolutely over the moon for him," said his skipper. "I've had a bit of a lean run of it myself for a few weeks so it's nice to get back in the runs and to get the team over the line.

"We're now looking forward to (today) and hopefully go on and win the series," added a delighted Tector.

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