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William Porterfield set for Namibia return in Windhoek

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield is back in charge for Ireland's vital Intercontinental Cup game against Namibia, starting tomorrow in Windhoek.

Porterfield missed the drawn four-day warm-up against Zimbabwe A, which finished on Tuesday - the first in seven years that he was unavailable for since appointed captain - but looking back on the last week he now praises coach John Bracewell's decision to rest him.

"At first I was reluctant because I thought I should be out there as captain with what was coming up, but I worked in the nets with Bracers and (batting coach) Dave Houghton on some technical stuff, so it feels really beneficial, probably even more than if I had got runs in the match," said Porterfield. "I'm really pleased with where I am at and looking to take it into the game on Saturday.

Despite a 10-hour journey from Harare to Windhoek on Wednesday, the team were at the Wanderers ground here at 10am yesterday and the temperatures of the high 20s they experienced in Zimbabwe have, almost literally, been left in the shade.

"We've been told the last session will be the hottest, it's due to get up to 36-40 degrees tomorrow, but we are in a good place," added the skipper.

Paul Stirling had a "decent bowl" in the nets yesterday, so he is fit to resume his place after sitting out the final day of the warm-up game with a quad strain.

Meanwhile, Ireland U-19s failed in their bid to reach the World Cup finals when they lost the qualifying final to Nepal by three wickets, the Asians reaching their target of 185 with 22 balls remaining.

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