Porterfield takes the positives
William Porterfield felt Ireland's World Cup had been a success despite their quarter-final hopes being ended by South Africa.
Last Updated: 15/03/11 6:55pm
Ireland captain William Porterfield had mixed feelings after seeing his side exit the World Cup with a 131-run defeat to South Africa.
Porterfield's men, who produced the major upset of the tournament with a three-wicket win over England earlier in their Group B campaign, were bowled out for 141 chasing a target of 273 in Kolkata.
Although the eventual margin of defeat was heavy, the Proteas were in a spot of trouble at 117-5 before JP Duminy rode to the rescue with 99.
"We started off pretty well," said Porterfield. "We got a couple of wickets up front. It's always important to get wickets to peg them back. I thought we did that pretty much throughout.
"We were happy enough at half-time as chasing 270 wasn't out of our reach. But it's just that we lost wickets."
A dead-rubber tie against Holland beckons on Friday but Porterfield remained pleased with Ireland's performances throughout the tournament, which has seen them gain many admirers and has raised calls for them to be included in the next edition.
"We've shown a lot of competitive spirit," he added. "A lot of the games have come down to last 10 overs. We've put ourselves in winning positions, which is what we'll take from this tournament.
"Today we lost a lot of wickets and were always behind. But the tournament has been good and we'll take a lot of positives from it."
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, meanwhile, was pleased with the resilience shown by the middle order as his side confirmed their place in the knockout phase - the first team from Group B to do so.
"We put ourselves under pressure with some stupid run outs but the guys responded really well after that, especially JP who batted really well under pressure," said Smith.
"He really held things together, and then Colin Ingram, who hasn't played for a while, came in and batted well.
"I think you can always nitpick, but there were some good signs today."