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Saturday 23 September 2017

England saved by luck of Irish

Dub Morgan scores 45 as rain scuppers Porterfield's men

Ireland captain William Porterfield was proud to have restored respect to his team after they bowed out of the ICC World Twenty20 following a no-result in their Group D shoot-out with England last night.

Ireland had restricted tournament big guns England to just 120 for eight at the Guyana National Stadium before rain in Georgetown denied Porterfield's side the opportunity to chase down the vulnerable target.

Ireland's reply had been stifled by two stoppages as they reached 14 for one from 3.3 overs before the 5pm local time cut-off arrived and with five overs of their innings yet to be completed, a no-result was declared.

That meant Ireland, who had reached the Super Eight stage at both the 2007 World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20, went out and England progressed alongside group winners West Indies on a superior run rate having hit 191 for five against the hosts, while Ireland had been bowled out by them for 68.

"We spoke about it before the game, the feeling you get from getting through and kicking on," Porterfield said.

"That's what we wanted to do this time, progress and move on to the Super Eights and beat the big teams in there and be competitive with them.

"We had our sights on getting to the Super Eights and I think the way we performed showed glimpses that we can do that.

"I think the way we came out today, especially after the disappointment of Friday, it was great the way we bounced back.

"If we can take that attitude into every game, the way we came into today, then we'll go places."

Porterfield could not help but rue the dismal batting display against the West Indies last Friday night for contributing to Ireland's early exit from the tournament.

"Yes, you can't lose a game by 70 runs when you've restricted a team to under 140," the Irish captain said.

"We shot ourselves in the foot on Friday night but I think the way we bounced back was pretty good."

Porterfield said the poor showing against the West Indies had provoked a strong response from his team heading into the England game.

"We had that belief coming in today that we could turn that right around," he said.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Eoin Morgan's latest demonstration of his talents earned rave reviews from both England captain Paul Collingwood and his opposite number Porterfield.

Morgan was unable to launch the late onslaught he had against West Indies, on an awkward surface yesterday, but still finished with a well-played top score of 45.

Collingwood said: "He's a very versatile player. He's obviously got the power and can play all the shots. But he's also got a good mind on him.

"That's what you need in the middle order, number five especially.

"You've got to adjust to the situation, and he seems to be reading the situations really well."

Porterfield, a close friend of Morgan's for many years, is confident he will go right to the top in world cricket.

"He's always looked to take his game to the next level -- and he's doing that at the top level now," said Porterfield.

"He's become a key member of the England team. He's a fantastic cricketer, and I hope he goes on even more."

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