Porterfield's record-breaking 127 not out gives Ireland fourth successive win

Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:32 PM

Porterfield's record-breaking 127 not out gives Ireland fourth successive win
William Porterfield posted the highest individual score in the history of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier as Ireland extended its unbeaten run to four matches in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Left-handed Porterfield clubbed 12 fours and five sixes in a 69-ball 127 as Ireland posted a colossal 216 for three against the United States of America (USA). In turn, the USA was bowled out for 141 in 19.3 overs to suffer its third defeat in four outings.

At the ICC Academy Oval 1, former champion Afghanistan made short work of Bermuda with an eight wicket victory. Mohammad Shahzad clubbed nine fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 36-ball 60, including a six off the final delivery, as Mohammad Nabi?s side surpassed the 102-run target in less than 10 overs.

This was Afghanistan?s third straight victory in the competition, after making a poor start by losing to the Netherlands by seven wickets on Friday, the first day of the tournament.

Elsewhere, Hong Kong notched up its fourth victory in five matches when it outfoxed Namibia by eight wickets, thanks to spinners Nadeem Ahmed (three for 18) and Munir Dar (two for 18) sharing five wickets between them before skipper Jamie Atkinson hit 50, while a man of the match performance by Mudassar Bukhari (three for 15) helped the Netherlands beat Nepal by five wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

By virtue of this victory, the Dutch have taken sole possession of the number-one spot in Group B with eight points (four wins and one loss) while Nepal remains in second place with six points (three wins and two loses).

The star of the sixth day was Ireland captain William Porterfield, who become the sixth batsman to score a century in the history of the tournament and fourth batsman after Irfan Ahmed (Hong Kong), Tony Ura (Papua New Guinea) and Rakep Patel (Kenya) to reach three figures in the first five days of the current tournament.

While smashing 127 not out, he also eclipsed the record of Namibia?s LP van der Westhuizen, an unconquered 106 against Scotland in 2012. Two days later in the same competition, Calum MacLeod of Scotland scored 104 not out against Oman.

Porterfield, later named man of the match, made the USA pay dearly for putting Ireland in to bat when he featured in a solid 94-run first wicket partnership with Stirling (25) in just over eight overs, which laid the foundation for the intimidating total of 216 for three.

Porterfield, who was adjudged the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in 2009, then put on 65 runs in an unfinished fourth wicket stand with John Mooney, whose contribution in the partnership was 32 runs off 13 balls, with two fours and as many sixes.

The USA made a brave start to its target chase when it reached 30 without the loss of a wicket in three overs. After that, however, the side could not maintain the required run-rate nor keep wickets intact, and was bowled out for 141 in 19.3 overs.

Stirling followed up his 25 with three for 25 while Mooney rounded off a good day with bowling figures of two for 18.

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