Saturday 24 February 2018

Porterfield ton boosts Ireland ahead of series

Skipper Porterfield made exactly 100 from 116 balls. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Skipper Porterfield made exactly 100 from 116 balls. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

David Townsend

William Porterfield scored a record eighth one-day international century for Ireland in Dubai yesterday as the Boys in Green warmed up for their series against Afghanistan with a comfortable 85-run victory over the United Arab Emirates.

Skipper Porterfield made exactly 100 from 116 balls, with eight fours and a six and Kevin O'Brien blasted 69 on the sixth anniversary of his World Cup century against England as Ireland posted 270 all out - their best one-day total in nearly two years.

When Porterfield and O'Brien were adding 112 for the fourth wicket, a total of 300-plus looked on the cards but a late collapse that saw six wickets fall for 16 runs gave the UAE a sniff of victory and there were one or two nerves in the Irish camp as the hosts raced to 92-2 after 17 overs in reply.

Spinners George Dockrell and Andy McBrine then turned the game on its head, aided by a chaotic run-out. Left-armer Dockrell claimed three victims as the home side slumped to 112-7 and McBrine finished with 2-35 from his 10 overs as the chase ended on 185 in the 42nd over.

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