Ireland slump to heavy defeat in World Cup warm-up
The first-class hospitality shown to Ireland in their first week Down Under did not extend to the middle of the Coogee Oval yesterday where Randwick-Petersham handed out a five-wicket thrashing to William Porterfield's side in a World Cup warm-up match.
Skipper Porterfield partly blamed jetlag, but the margin of the defeat - the Sydney grade side won with more than six overs to spare - will be a concern.
"We've been a bit slow in ourselves over the last few days and we've noticed that in training," Porterfield said.
"Some people might use that as an excuse but I'm not having it because we should have been a lot better in the game than we were."
In his side's first practice match, Porterfield deliberately chose the less favourable of conditions by electing to bat first and as well as top scoring himself with 74, he saw Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Andy Balbirnie and Gary Wilson all get some time in the middle.
But from 202-3 after 40 overs, Ireland failed to kick on and a total of 255-7 was easily overhauled by the home side, despite an encouraging three wickets for paceman Craig Young and a tidy spell of off spin from Andy McBrine.
Ireland's training camp at Coogee, supported by the local Randwick council, has drawn a number of interested ex-pats as well as Irish visitors to Australia, including One Direction singer Niall Horan, who looked happy posing for pictures with the players.