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Full name William Thomas Stuart Porterfield
Born September 6, 1984, Londonderry
Current age 30 years 203 days
Major teams Ireland, Gloucestershire, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Warwickshire
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|ODI debut||Scotland v Ireland at Ayr, Aug 5, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Ireland v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 15, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Ireland v Scotland at Belfast, Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Ireland v Namibia at Dublin, May 17-20, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland A at Abu Dhabi, Apr 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Ireland v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warwickshire v Gloucestershire at Birmingham, Jun 22, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|107||Ireland||v Pakistan||Adelaide||15 Mar 2015||ODI # 3639|
|67||Ireland||v India||Hamilton||10 Mar 2015||ODI # 3631|
|29||Ireland||v Zimbabwe||Hobart||7 Mar 2015||ODI # 3627|
|12||Ireland||v South Africa||Canberra||3 Mar 2015||ODI # 3621|
|37||Ireland||v U.A.E.||Brisbane||25 Feb 2015||ODI # 3613|
|23||Ireland||v West Indies||Nelson||16 Feb 2015||ODI # 3603|
|24||Ireland||v Bangladesh||Sydney||12 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|23||Ireland||v Scotland||Sydney||10 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|74||Ireland XI||v Randwick-Petersham||Sydney||6 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|-||Ireland||v Scotland||Dubai (CA)||19 Jan 2015||ODI # 3584|
While others - the likes of Morgan and Joyce and Rankin - have flirted with England, William Porterfield has remained an almost ever-present figure in Ireland's rise in international cricket. His country's top run-scorer in both ODI and T20I cricket, he could yet become Ireland's first Test captain.
While progress has not always been smooth - Porterfield was out to the first ball of both Ireland's World T20 matches in Sri Lanka in 2012 - his time in the side has coincided with some of the country's greatest achievements: the victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh that took Ireland to the Super Eight's of the 2007 World Cup; qualification for the World T20 of 2009; victory over England in the World Cup of 2011 and consistent success in the Intercontinental Cup, which Ireland won in 2008 and 2013.
Porterfield, a left-handed top-order batsman and outstanding fielder in the cordon, captained Ireland at every level from U13 upwards. He took part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004 and then spent time at the ICC Winter Training Camp in 2006, later captaining Ireland A that year.
Scoring a century in just his fourth ODI - against Bermuda - he followed it with another in the next game against Kenya and averaged 110 in the World Cricket League. He then contributed a crucial 85 in the 2007 World Cup win over Bangladesh and scored further centuries against Scotland, Bangladesh and England as Ireland continued to press for Full Membership of the ICC. He has led the senior side in both white-ball formats since 2008.
He was signed by Gloucestershire on the back of his 2007 World Cup performances but left to join Warwickshire at the end of the 2010 season. While his form for Warwickshire has been modest - it took four years to register his first Championship century for the club and, going into the 2015 season, his first-class for the side remains below 30 - he has been a valuable member of the side that won the County Championship in 2012, the NatWest T20 Blast in 2014 and reached the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup that same season.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2008
ICC Associate Player of the Year 2009
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