Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Ireland skipper left to count cost of losing top stars to England

Ireland captain William Porterfield spoke of his frustration that two of the players he grew up playing cricket with were the players who won yesterday's one-day international for England.

Eoin Morgan with an undefeated century and Boyd Rankin with four wickets, both former Ireland internationals, were the stars for the Three Lions and Porterfield admitted there was nothing Cricket Ireland can do about it.

Porterfield said: "I would take those two lads in my side every day of the week. It's just frustrating when a couple of Irish lads play against us and it just happens that they were their top performers today.

"It's great that Ireland can produce cricketers like that but we have lads coming through who are aspiring to be like Eoin and Boyd, and to get 10,000 people through the gate it proves that Irish cricket is still on the rise. We have come a long way since the 2007 World Cup.

"It was nice to lead from the front and score a century and, as we did in the Pakistan games, the top six are scoring the majority of the runs – and that's what we've asked for. That's the most pleasing thing, that in our last three ODIs, we have had someone who has scored a hundred in every game."

The symmetry of the three internationals, however, also extends to the bowling and Ireland's inability to finish off the job, with their last two games now resulting in defeats from potentially winning positions.

Porterfield added: "We have got ourselves in good positions but haven't been able to get across the line, especially the two Pakistan games (the first ended in a tie). We had England 48 for four today and not being able to build that pressure to see it through, it is frustrating for ourselves.

"If we got one or two wickets it would have made a difference but they just kept going and kept clearing the boundary.

"I thought the extra pace would have been slightly easier to hit but Max (Sorensen) came back well and in hindsight I could have brought him back earlier, but you can't take anything from the way the two lads played. They were fantastic hundreds."

England hero Morgan said: "It was very satisfying, particularly getting over the line. We had a long way to come and we didn't really adapt to conditions but when we got a partnership going it was easy to score. We all play on wickets like this every day of the week.

"I love this area, it is a fantastic part of Dublin. To get a victory like that and perform the way we did was very satisfying.

"Centuries at number five are few and far between. Then Ravi has got a hundred coming in behind me at six. That is one hell of an achievement."

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