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Skipper Porterfield in the runs as Ireland seal easy win

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield led from the front as Ireland enjoyed a stunning opening warm-up victory ahead of next week's World Twenty20 in India.

The captain scored 75 from just 36 balls as Ireland hammered Hong Kong by 10 wickets, winning the match in Dharamsala with his fourth six, to go with 10 other boundaries, with almost eight overs to spare.

Andrew Balbirnie, rather than Paul Stirling, was his opening partner, happy to play second fiddle and accumulate 47 off 38 balls with five fours and a six in a stand of 122.

And the good form extended to the bowlers with Boyd Rankin taking a wicket with his seventh ball and conceding just 13 runs in his four overs while Tim Murtagh, who struck twice in the first over of the match, finished with two for 21.

Hong Kong were restricted to 120 for seven, an innings dominated by Mark Chapman's unbeaten 64. Max Sorensen (1-40) and Andy McBrine (1-9) were the other wicket wicket-takers with Stuart Thompson and Kevin O'Brien also getting three overs.

"It was great to get a game under our belts and experience of playing on the ground where we play all three group games," said Porterfield.

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