William Porterfield was philosophical in defeat last night after Ireland took their bow from the World Twenty20, missing out on the Super Eights of a major tournament for the first time.
After restricting England to 120 for eight, rain cut short the Ireland innings after just 3.3 overs abandoning the game and sending England through with West Indies.
Porterfield admitted: “We were pretty confident about chasing down 120 and after the disappointment of Friday (when the West Indies bowled them out for 68) the attitude we took onto the field was brilliant. There’s nothing we can do about the rain, it is one of those things.
“We wanted to kick on and reach the Super Eights and be competitive with the big teams there. We showed glimpses that we could have got there and if we take attitude into every game we can go places.”
The England man of the match was Dublin-born Eoin Morgan, who top scored with 45, and Porterfield could not hide his admiration for his former international team-mate.
“I’ve played against him a few times now, but it’s a bit different when he in the middle against you. He’s a fantastic cricketer and I hope he goes on to even greater heights,” added Porterfield.
England captain Paul Collingwood had questioned the Duckworth-Lewis method in its current form as a means to determine rain-affected matches having lost to the West Indies on Monday but he had reason to be thankful yesterday.
“I guess the rain's come around today at a time that's got us through to the next stage,” Collingwood said.
“It didn't help us yesterday but today I guess it's helped us a little bit.
“We were pretty confident once we got up to 120. I think it was a 130 wicket and you'd have been really happy with that; 140 and you'd have been really confident of protecting that score.
“It could have got quite close today. There was certainly a bit of turn out there.”