Saturday 16 December 2017

Getkate stars as Ireland squeeze home in last over

Gerard Hughes

SHANE GETKATE celebrated his return to health with a match-winning 63 as Ireland beat Kenya by two wickets yesterday in another nail-biting U-19 World Cup qualifier in Rathmines.

All four of Ireland's round-robin matches to date have gone to the final over and this third victory at the Leinster club was delivered with the relative comfort of three balls to spare.

Ireland are joint top of the table, with three wins out of four. The top six sides in the 10-team tournament join the Test-playing nations at the World Cup in Australia next year.

Again Josh Hall hit the winning boundary to overhaul Kenya's 222-6 but after a familiar top-order collapse, Getkate and Graeme McCarter took the credit for the win with gritty half-centuries.

North County all-rounder Getkate was in doubt for the tournament when he collapsed during a Warwickshire U-19s game in June and spent 14 nights in hospital recovering.

Ireland coach Jeremy Bray held a place in the squad for him, though, and while he is still not able to bowl flat out -- or indeed at all yesterday -- his 63 from 73 balls proved crucial.


When Getkate failed to clear long-on, looking for a second six, McCarter was joined by Pembroke bowler Barry McCarthy in an eight-wicket partnership worth 36 from 27 balls.

McCarter was caught at mid-wicket for 51 from 47 balls, including two sixes, leaving the stage for Hall, who was the last-over hero in Ireland's opening two wins against the USA and Afghanistan. Again he was equal to the task.

The pick of the Ireland attack was left-arm spinner George Dockrell, who took 1-20 playing on his home ground, but none of the senior star's fellow bowlers could contain Duncan Allen.

The Kenya batsman struck 13 fours and two sixes in a classy 123 before becoming man-of-the-match McCarter's third victim.

The tournament now moves to the north-west of Ireland for its final five days of matches.

Ireland will next be in action against Vanuatu in Coleraine tomorrow. The hosts will be overwhelming favourites, as the Pacific Islanders have lost all of their four matches by huge margins. Their losing margins have been 133 runs, six wickets (146 balls remaining), nine wickets (149 balls remaining) and 159 runs.

Irish Independent

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