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William Porterfield stays focused as Irish take stride in I-Cup

When Namibia reached 210 for seven wickets down after 47 minutes of play in Windhoek yesterday, no-one expected Ireland to be playing football just half an hour later.

But that was the case after Paul Stirling made the breakthrough, ending 34 overs of resistance, which started on Monday, by the Namibian eighth wicket pair, and in the next over from George Dockrell, two wickets in two balls gave Ireland their second successive innings victory of the Intercontinental Cup.

It puts them back on top of the table, which will decide the pathway to Test match status, and with Papua New Guinea next up in February, Ireland will be confident of making it three from three, although William Porterfield insists it will not be easy.

He said: "I don't like the term 'easy matches' as it'll still be in tough conditions but it's good to take 20 wickets in these conditions."

Scores: Namibia 251 (JP Kotze 78, C Coombe 35) and and 212 (JP Kotze 48 JJ Smit 45, Z Green 35, S Burger 34, G Snyman 31; T Murtagh 4-18, G Dockrell 3-55, P Stirling 2-27) Ireland 570-6 dec (E Joyce 205, W Porterfield 186, J Mooney 53 not out, K O'Brien 45 not out, S Poynter 33). Ireland won by an innings and 107 runs.

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