Ireland collapse sees series tied
William Porterfield watched on in dismay yesterday as an epic batting collapse saw Ireland throw away the strongest of positions and end their tour of Queensland and Abu Dhabi with a five-run loss to the United Arab Emirates and a drawn T20 international series.
Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen and Tim Murtagh conceded just 12 runs from the final three overs to peg the home side to 133-7, a total that looked inadequate as Porterfield eased to a 50 off 41 balls after an stand of 61 with Paul Stirling.
At 89-1 at the end of the 12th over, Ireland needed 45 to win from 48 balls with nine wickets in hand. However, batsmen Stuart Poynter, Andy Balbirnie and Stuart Thompson all failed to press their claim for a starting spot in next month's World T20 in India, and in the absence of the rested Kevin O'Brien - and the retired John Mooney - there was no experience to help steer the ship home.
With 17 needed from the final two overs, Porterfield was run out by the wicketkeeper for 72, and 10 balls later the UAE were celebrating their first victory over Ireland since 2001.
Meanwhile, Peter Chase, the 22-year-old Malahide and Durham seam bowler who missed the 2015 season through injury, is on his way to Sydney to train and play with Randwick-Petersham as he bids to regain full fitness.
Rory Anders has been named in the U19 World Cup Team of the Tournament - the Phoenix paceman took 13 wickets in Ireland's six matches.
Cricket Ireland have been awarded €355,000 in government funding for 2016, an increase of €2,606, plus an extra €20,000 from the Women in Sport fund.