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Proud skipper Porterfield hails ‘greatest ever’ triumph

By Ian Callender

Ireland captain William Porterfield had no hesitation in describing Ireland’s victory over England as their greatest ever win.

Chasing a total no team had ever successfully chased in the World Cup before, Ireland scored 329 for seven to win, easing up, with five balls to spare.

“The win against Pakistan (in Jamaica at the 2007 World Cup) got us through the group but this, as a one-off win, is the best ever,” said Porterfield in a packed press conference after the historic win.

It’s Ireland’s biggest chase and the biggest ever in the World Cup.

“We have threatened to do it and there is more to come,” he added. “The top-order haven’t fired yet in this tournament.

“We’ll enjoy it tonight, before looking forward to Sunday’s game against India and if we play to our potential there is no reason why we can’t do it again.”

To go with Ireland’s greatest win, there had to be a “greatest innings,” and the captain said the world had just seen it, played by Kevin O’Brien.

“It is the fastest in World Cup cricket so that says everything,” added Porterfield.

“To come in at 111 for five with just 25 overs left and needing 329, in the pressure of a World Cup game, and to knock them off with balls to spare was just unbelievable.

“It’s the best I’ve ever seen and it must be the ranked up there if not as THE best in World Cup history.

“The powerplay was vital. The lads in the middle made the call and it worked very well for us. We scored 62 in the five overs and it gave us the momentum for the rest of the game.

“We still have to win two of our remaining four games to reach the quarter finals and that’s not going to be easy. We’ll enjoy the moment and then look forward to Sunday.”

Amazingly, despite Ireland’s heroics yesterday, they are not guaranteed a place at the next

World Cup, in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

And Porterfield seized the opportunity after yesterday’s success to warn ICC ahead of their decision next month.

“ICC have made the decision to reduce it (the next World Cup) to 10 teams,” he added.

“It’s out of our hands but it’s pretty disappointing. We will have to wait and see what happens in April when they decide if there will be a qualifying tournament.

After this, surely there has to be one and personally I think get it we don’t get in it could be the death knell for many Associate teams.”

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