Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 May 2015

Cricket: Porterfield’s boys out for their revenge

Ireland return to the scene of their crime tonight, in a bid to avenge their heaviest ever T20 defeat.

The Ireland squad have suffered a few humiliations down the years but it has been a while since they were so comprehensively outplayed as at the Queen’s Park Oval on Tuesday night. Nine-wicket defeats in cricket are not rare, but for a Trinidad XI, indeed any team, to chase down a total in 7.1 overs is something else.

William Porterfield, normally a confident, upbeat captain, admitted there were no positives to take from the match “apart from the way Gary (Wilson) played”. The Surrey batsman scored 37 of Ireland’s 90 runs but, after the World Twenty20 club runners-up raced to their target, it is a game which will be “left in the changing room”.

“We know we are better than that,” said Porterfield yesterday. “It’s gone — unless we do it again! We’ll forget about it, front up on Friday and move on from there.

“The previous two games in Jamaica were almost where we wanted to be so we’re looking at Tuesday night as a lapse. We know there were a lot of individual errors, especially with the bat, and lads have to think about that themselves. But we’re over it.

“If it happens again in the warm-up matches (to the World Twenty 20 next week) then is the time to start worrying but we know what we can do, we’ve done it against a West Indies XI, so there’s not much to dwell on.”

Porterfield is just grateful to get the chance of revenge.

“Trinidad are a very good T20 side. We’ve been very lucky in the opposition we have played on this tour and we didn’t perform that night so maybe it made it look worse than it was. We’re looking for a very competitive game on Friday. They have won the domestic competition out here with lots of experienced players and it is great preparation for us,” he said.

Although national coach Phil Simmons never announces his team until about an hour before the start, one player who is certain to be in action again today is Boyd Rankin.

The Warwickshire paceman (pictured) had missed the last 22 Ireland games with a stressed right foot and his second over on Tuesday was crashed for 29 runs, 11 having come off his first. Porterfield had this explanation.

“He hasn’t bowled much in the middle and it makes it a lot easier when the opposition have such a small total to chase. The openers played well and hit some good shots.

“Boyd has had the injury for a while and it was always going to take a couple of matches to settle back in. Maybe there were a few nerves there as well because he wasn’t hitting the crease as well as he would have liked.

“We’ll see how he goes in the next couple of games. He has bowled well in the last World T20, taken wickets, so I wouldn’t read anything into Tuesday.”

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