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Anxious wait for Ireland and Porterfield ahead of deciding ODI 

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Waiting game: William Porterfield was a doubt for today’s game. Credit: INPHO/Alex Davidson

Waiting game: William Porterfield was a doubt for today’s game. Credit: INPHO/Alex Davidson

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Waiting game: William Porterfield was a doubt for today’s game. Credit: INPHO/Alex Davidson

The results of a scan will determine if William Porterfield can resume his place in the Ireland team this morning for the third and final game in the World Cup Super League against South Africa in Malahide.

Ireland lead the series 1-0 after their 43 runs victory on Tuesday, 48 hours after the first game was abandoned, but Porterfield, who scored 63 on Sunday, had to sit out the second game because of an infected finger.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie has confirmed that the opening batsman will return to the side if he is fit but he went for a scan yesterday to determine if “anything else was going on”.

Balbirnie replaced his predecessor as captain as opening batman and scored his seventh one-day international century and along with the rest of the top five ensured Porterfield wasn’t missed as they recorded their first ODI victory against South Africa.

Another win today will also give them their first series victory against a Top Eight nation.

Meanwhile the stars of the future have been in action this week with four matches in the last four days in the inaugural Future Series.

The Ireland Under 19 side played in three of the games, winning two of them to move into second place in the table behind Leinster Lightning Bolts who have a 100 per cent record after five games.

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Emerging Knights lost the best game of the tournament so far on Wednesday, falling three runs short of the Bolts’ 283 for eight but went down yesterday by 51 runs to the Under 19s at Carrick.

The Emerging Warriors beat the Under 19s on Wednesday by four runs

Future Series

Middle Road: Ireland U19s 270-8 (45 overs, T Tector 67, R Millar 66, P le Roux 60, R Curry 23; C Carmichael 3-48, C Robertson 2-33) Emerging Knights 219 (41.1 overs, A Johnston 36, P Beverland 33, C McCullough 31, M Humphreys 30; D Vincent 4-48, D Burke 3-33). Ireland Under 19s won by 51 runs.

Beechgrove: Emerging Warriors 168 (45 overs, T Orr 32, V Chopra 30; R Millar 3-25, M Tonge 2-11, M Humphreys 2-29) Ireland Under-19s 164-9 (R Millar 34, T Tector 23, M Humphreys 23, C Doak 22, A Tonge 20; R Macbeth 3-24). Emerging Warriors won by 4 runs.

The Lawn: Lightning Bolts 283-8 (JJ Garth 101, C Fletcher 54, F Tucker 41, J Grassi 30; CJ van der Walt 2-38, M Foster 2-54, C Robertson 2-57) Emerging Knights 280 (44.5 overs, C Carmichael 80, O Metcalfe 79, M Burton 34, C Robertson 24; A Sidhu 5-29, M Thompson 2-54). Bolts won by 3 runs.


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