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Saturday 16 December 2017

Porterfield: Back to work

Ireland captain William Porterfield reckons his team has had enough time to savour its surprising opening win over the West Indies at the World Cup. Now it's time to get on with business.

The Irish had a four-wicket win over the two-time World Cup winners in Nelson, New Zealand, chasing down the target of 305 with four overs to spare nine days ago. So they've had plenty of time to prepare for tomorrow's match against the United Arab Emirates, one of the three other so-called Associate teams at the tournament.

"The lads are raring to go," said Porterfield, who is determined to continue Ireland's 13-game unbeaten streak against the UAE. "It's obviously a decent record, but it doesn't account for anything. It's anyone's game."

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