Porterfield shines as Ireland post 269-7 at Malahide
They were once international team-mates, but this morning William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin went head to head in a memorable duel as Ireland posted a respectable total of 269-7 in the one day international at Malahide.
Rankin finally got his man, but not before the Irish captain had fired a fantastic innings of 112, bringing the century up with a brilliant six. And Porterfield's knock was badly needed after early departures for Paul Stirling (10) and Ed Joyce (1), Joyce undone by his own heel unfortunately clipping the stumps.
If it was mixed feelings for Rankin on his return to Ireland, he certainly went about his job in businesslike fashion, eventually finishing with four wickets - John Mooney the fourth to succumb to his fast right-arm. There were two wickets also for James Tredwell, crucially taking out Niall O'Brien for 26.
Ireland hopes of posting a score for England to chase in front of a vocal full house of almost 10,000 looked in trouble when England captain, and former Irish star, Eoin Morgan brilliantly caught Kevin O'Brien for 23, leaving the home side languishing at 161/5.
But Mooney, followed by Trent Johnston and in particular Max Sorensen with a swashbuckling 24 helped the crowd find its voice again after a lull in the closing overs, and setting England the task of chasing 270.
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