Porterfield: We'll be back

Skipper looking to finish with a flourish in Kolkata

Last updated: 17th March 2011  

Porterfield: We'll be back

Porterfield: Playing for pride

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Ireland captain William Porterfield is looking to end a promising World Cup campaign on a high when his side face fellow minnows Netherlands at Eden Gardens on Friday.

The Irish, who cannot qualify for the quarter-final stage following four defeats from their opening five fixtures, have impressed on the sub-continent, a sensational three-wicket win over England their highlight.

Their future opportunities will be hampered by the International Cricket Council's decision to cut the tournament to 10 teams, but Porterfield is confident Ireland has a big future in the competition.

"There's no format set in terms of a qualifying tournament - I think there has to be one and if there is we'll back ourselves to get through."

Pride

"The way we've fielded, we've had a lot of comments - it's one of the things we've worked hard on and pride ourselves on, especially our ground fielding.

"The way we've bowled as well, there's no team that's really taken us apart, and with the bat we feel we've put ourselves in winning positions and just haven't managed to pull that through.

"We've had some really good partnerships, some 100-plus and 90-plus partnerships which are key in one-day cricket, but we need another 60-70 partnership and a couple of 30-40 partnerships, that's what gets you up to winning totals in this format, 280s and up and around 300.

"That's what we've got to do and we're not far off that."

One game remains, with just pride to play for against fellow associate nation the Netherlands.

But Porterfield insisted: "I wouldn't say there's nothing to look forward to.

Crucial

"We're playing a game in the World Cup against Holland, one of the other associates, and it's very important for personal pride and Irish cricket to give a good performance and get a good result."

Holland are the only team in Group B not to register a win, with their opening-game thriller with England the highlight of their campaign.

Apart from their 292 against Andrew Strauss' men, they have struggled to adapt to the conditions, something captain Peter Borren accepts.

He said: "It takes time to get used to spinners on such wickets.

"We can't get used to it if we don't stay long enough on it. We keep losing wickets at crucial times."

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