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Porterfield guides Ireland to win

Captain William Porterfield scored an unbeaten half-century to lead Ireland to a seven-wicket victory in their ICC World Twenty20 qualifier against Namibia at Stormont on Friday.

The 30-year-old left-handed batsman finished a dominant innings with successive fours as the hosts successfully chased down a victory target of 125 with 16 balls to spare in the third Group A match in Belfast.

Porterfield struck a 44-ball 56 not out which included seven fours and one maximum and shared in a second-wicket stand of 71 with Niall O'Brien, who fell five runs short of his half-century having struck with three fours and a six.

Jason Davidson was responsible for opener Paul Stirling's early dismissal and Kevin O'Brien also fell cheaply to Bernard Scholtz but Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie (18 no) saw Ireland to victory.

Earlier on, after Ireland won the toss and chose to field, t he visitors made 124 for eight with JJ Smit top-scoring at the tail end with 21 that included two sixes while number four Jean-Pierre Kotze a close second with 18 runs.

John Mooney claimed figures of three for 23 off his four overs for Ireland, with Alex Cusack and George Dockrell picking up two wickets apiece.

The total proved little challenge to Ireland, with the winners of the the 2012 and 2013 edition sprinting over the line in the 18th over.

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