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Ireland v Netherlands, World Cup 2011, Group B, Kolkata

Porterfield proud of Ireland's show

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 18, 2011

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William Porterfield reflected proudly on Ireland's World Cup campaign after they complete their stay in the tournament with a six-wicket victory against Netherlands. Paul Stirling led an impressive run chase with 101 off 72 balls, adding 177 for the first wicket with Porterfield, which enabled Ireland to hunt down 307 with 14 deliveries to spare.

It was the second time they had chased down more than 300 to win following the famous pursuit against England, in Bangalore, when they reached 329. Two victories was a fair return for Ireland, whose reputation has been further enhanced, but it could have been even better after they wasted a golden chance against Bangladesh and also competed against West Indies.

"We have turned up for every game. We were consistent with the ball and on the field stands but haven't backed it up with the bat consistently what we did today," Porterfield said."But when you put yourselves into winning positions you will win more than you lose. It was great to chase 300 for the second time in the tournament.

"Anytime we got behind the run rate we just picked up. We played good cricket in the second half of the game. So I am very pleased."

Porterfield was happy to play second fiddle to Stirling as he dispatched the Netherlands bowlers around Eden Gardens, but was less pleased with Ireland's display in the field. "It took a lot of pressure of me," he said. "I was happy to play the second fiddle and watch someone smash it around and get a century off 70 balls.


Ireland get-together after the early dismissal of Eric Swarczynski , Ireland v Netherlands, World Cup 2011, Group B, March 18, 2011
Ireland have an impressive account of themselves during the World Cup © AFP
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"But we should not have been chasing that [many]. We let ourselves down in the first half. But we have bowled and fielded well throughout the tournament and it was nice to see the batters coming to the party today."

Ireland's competitive showing at the tournament came at an opportune moment with Associates still waiting to find out whether they'll have a chance to appear in the 2015 World Cup when it is trimmed to ten teams.

Although Netherlands finished winless they didn't disgrace themselves and pushed England close during their opening game with Ryan ten Doeschate hitting a fine hundred. He followed that with 106 against Ireland, but Netherlands' bowling has been their weakness and couldn't contain the Ireland top order.

"We batted pretty well to get more than 300 and I think our total was quite defendable," Peter Borren, the captain, said. "We did not show discipline in bowling and dropped some catches, so we are pretty disappointed. We probably should have won the game. Fielding has been an area of concern for us in the last couple of years. Ireland saved 20-25 runs with their fielding and we did just the opposite, giving away runs that we could have saved."

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Comments: 15 
Posted by cricket2011 on (March 20, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

To improve cricket globally more team should play in world cup. Then only it should be a world cup other wise call it as Commonwealth cup.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 19, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

If anyone feel Tests is too much for Ireland than the second option is give it Full membership without TEsts so that they can be part of FUture tour programs and play 25 to 30 ODI 's just how Test playing nations play. This will give them plenty of experience so that they will be a top performer. Test can be subsequently when Ireland themselves feel ready. The author of these article must put the opinions across to relevant people. 95% of the people want Ireland involved with other Full members. Why not?

Posted by BlorScouser on (March 19, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

The irish played some good cricket in this world cup and could have pulled off a few more big scalps. KOB's record is going to stand for a while and they also managed the highest successful run chase in world cup history. Kudos Ireland, hope to see you play more cricket at the highest level.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

Well Done Ireland and Netherlands. You both deserve to be in the World Cup 2015. You have demonstrated your true strength for all those who underestimated your capabilities. I watched all the games played by Ireland. Ireland able to keep the interest of the spectators with their display in fielding and Batting. Netherlands is never the less. All the best both.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (March 19, 2011, 3:15 GMT)

@Sajid Hameed. How fair is it to ask Test playing country which plays throughout against strong team to play with Associate for the spot in WC? You mean WI or Bangladesh who plays 10 Tests in a year and 40 ODI or any other Test team should play with Associates who does not get any exposure against strong teams for 4 years? It will be trick or keep Associates out. The ideal thing to make qualifying meaningful is keep 8 team wc so that Test teams have qualifying round for top 8 or have 11 or 12 team WC so that qualifying makes sense. Other wise 10 spots will anyway be taken by 10 full members,not because Bangladesh and Zim is strong but they will get undue advantage of playing Tests and ODI ( atleast 25Tests and 100s of ODI ) before trying qualifying.Eyewash to fool the Associates. The point is there should be at the most 2 associates. If Ireland is made Full member than only one asso be taken. Always in history of WC there is atleast one associate.4 Asso is too much.

Posted by QTS_ on (March 19, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

Ireland deserve praise and it is important to ensure that their talent do not fritter away or get lost in the wilderness, as happened to Kenya 2003. Unlike countries like Bangladesh where cricket cannot go backwards owing to sheer public enthusiasm, it is possible that this Irish team just represents a peak with no adequate backup to sustain the level. That is one reason the ICC may be reluctant to grant Test status just yet.

Posted by T20man on (March 19, 2011, 1:29 GMT)

Thanks Ireland for providing this World Cup with so much entertainment and grit. Once again you guys provided us with some of the best moments of the tournament. Who will ever forget your victory over England? I certainly wont since I even won a few dollars on the game...:-). Actually I think you were very unlucky to get stuck in group B. You would probably now be in the 1/4 finals if you had been in the easier group A. Whole of Ireland should be proud of you. The ICC has rocks in their heads if they want to get rid of you for future world cups.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 19, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

Ire should be given a chance at test status or at least more games against top sides. They need incentive to keep their players. They may not have very many prodigies but their temperament is impeccable,chasing 300 twice. They could at the very least turn out to be like NZ and punch above their weight

Posted by Anshul.Robby on (March 18, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

Amazin Performance by irish team!!! pakistan were called the dark horses bt now frm next worldcup evry1 can say Irish team can be the Dark horse. they hav to work on their couple of areas rest thy r one the way to b the best!!

Posted by Tom-Cricket on (March 18, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

Ireland really played well this World Cup. They should be given Test status. All the best Ireland. Hope to see you in the next World Cup in 2015

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