Tuesday 12 November 2013 

Porterfield leads Ireland to victory against Netherlands

Porterfield, who scored 75* for Ireland of just 58 balls

Warwickshire's William Porterfield scored an unbeaten 75 in Abu Dhabi as Ireland defeated The Netherlands in a thrilling T20 warm-up match by six wickets with two balls to spare.

With seven needed from the final over, Ireland captain Porterfield struck Ahsan Malik’s first delivery deep over the midwicket boundary to tie the scores, and then sealed the win with a punch down the ground to the ropes.

His chanceless unbeaten 75 came from just 58 deliveries and contained seven fours and two sixes.

Ireland 143-4 (19.4 overs, W Porterfield 75*, N O’Brien 34, G Wilson 19, Mudassar Bukhari 2-25) beat The Netherlands 139/5 (20 overs, W Barresi 50, B Cooper 42*, S Myburgh 22, A Cusack 2-14, M Sorensen 2-31, G Dockrell 1-25) by six wickets.

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