Ireland Wolves win series with landslide 5-wicket win

After yesterday’s loss, Ireland Wolves rebounded with a landslide victory in the deciding third game of the series against Netherlands A at Oak Hill Cricket Ground in Wicklow today.

Ireland Wolves v Netherlands A

Netherlands A 105 (28.5 overshoots; R Klein 18; G McCarter 6-32, B Blanc 3-16)

Wolves of ireland 110-5 (20.4 overs; H Tector 57 *; R Klein 2-15)

Ireland Wolves won by 5 wickets


With the three-game streak locked in 1-1, Netherlands captain A Scott Edwards won the draw and opted to strike under bright blue summer skies.

The Wolves players entered the playing field with visibly upbeat demeanor, desperate to redeem themselves from yesterday’s heavy loss. After the Dutch openers got off to a good start with a 29-run run-a-ball partnership, Graeme McCarter broke through first, inducing an advantage from Musa Nadeem (13) to William Porterfield on the first slide. This wicket opened the proverbial floodgates as visitors lost the remaining nine wickets for just 76 races.

McCarter was the chief destroyer taking 6-32 from 9.5 overs, and 22-year-old leg spinner Ben White rang with 3-16 from 6 overs.

Player of the Match McCarter – who won 7 senior Irish caps between 2011 and 2015 – continued his good form with the ball this week, playing a consistent line just outside the stump with a bit of form making life difficult for them. Dutch hitters. The 29-year-old’s pace and lingering line have been compared to Tim Murtagh, and today he lived up to that billing with four of his wickets coming from edges stuck behind the wicket and two LBWs. His streak with the ball ended with 9 wickets at 10.89 points apiece – a great comeback from the Northern Knights and Carrickfergus seamer, as he pleads for an international recall.

White was equally impressive. His three wickets came at an economical price, and he showed a confidence to vary his line and his pace. Two of his scalps were coming from the downward edges of Porterfield on the first slide, and one was a poorly timed workout to pull away.

Netherlands A total of 105 was never going to be enough, and despite Wolves losing five wickets, the home side seemed fairly comfortable in the chase.

Captain Harry Tector notched his second half-century of the series with a 57 * on 50 balls, which featured nine fours and a ramp stroke for six. Fittingly, it was Shane Getkate hitting on the other end, as Tector crushed three fours and sixes on the last four balls of the game, with Wolves finishing 110-5 against 20.4 overs.

The result of the series will be satisfactory for Wolves head coach Pete Johnston and Ireland men head coach Graham Ford ahead of the upcoming Super League World Cup series in Holland between the senior teams of the Netherlands. Bas and Ireland in three weeks. Indeed, for both camps, this series may well have confirmed selections in the minds of senior head coaches.

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