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Porterfield excels in marathon innings

 

By Ian Callender

William Porterfield batted Leinster Lightning into submission and earned North West Warriors a second draw of the season against the inter-provincial championship holders.

Porterfield's career-best 207 was the solid backbone of Warriors second innings total of 460-9 and brought their tally of runs in three first class innings against the best bowling attack in the competition to 1,049. And this after being bowled out for 80 in the first innings!

The Bready pitch, which seamed and turned for much of the first day, was dormant for the second half of the match and yesterday the bowlers would have had as much success playing on the adjacent Keery Road.

It allowed Warriors, resuming on 214-3, to bat out the day and Porterfield to complete a marathon eight hours, five minutes stay at the crease.

His main partner was David Rankin who also passed his previous best first class score of 52 and the only excitement was if he would reach his century. But trying to get into the 90, the Bready man holed out to long-on.

Missing from the Lightning bowling attack was Josh Little with a side strain but he stays in Ireland squad for tomorrow's Ed Joyce testimonial in Arundel.

But they were hardly short of quality bowlers - six internationals plus Jarred Barnes who deservedly ended the overnight partnership with Niall O'Brien only able to sky a short ball to wide mid-on.

Skipper George Dockrell was the pick of the slow bowlers, continuing his impressive form with both bat and ball, but he was upstaged by both Simi Singh and Andrew Balbirnie who each finished with three wickets, Singh finally tempting Porterfield to pick the wrong ball and find a leading edge to slip, where John Anderson held a sharp catch.

The innings is the second highest in the championship, behind Nick Larkin's 247 for Northern Knights in 2013, but he faced 93 balls less than Porterfield's 442, a monumental effort of skill and discipline, so apposite for the Ireland captain at the start of a Test career.

TOUR MATCH

Belmont: MCC 227-8 (40 overs, F Simon 48, J Morrissey 41, R Willis 31; C Nulty 2-37) Ireland Emerging Academy 231-7 (39.3 overs, N Rock 52, O Metcalfe 43, A Vincent 32, R Malone 28, M Poskitt 25). Emerging Academy won by 3 wickets.

North West Warriors 1st Innings 80 (P Chase 5-24, M Sorensen 4-27)

Leinster Lightning 1st 273 (G Dockrell 92, A Balbirnie 35; D Scanlon 4-70, S Thompson 3-72)

NORTH WEST WARRIORS 2ND INNS

(overnight 214-3, A Gillespie 48)

W Porterfield c Anderson b Singh 207

N O'Brien c Sorensen b Barnes 37

A McBrine b Balbirnie 10

D Rankin c Balbirnie b Singh 86

G Kennedy b Dockrell 0

R Allen lbw b Singh 6

C Young not out 10

D Scanlon not out 0

Extras (16b 12lb) 28

Total (9 wkts dec, 175 overs) 460

Fall: 1-50 2-165 3-175 4-273 5-301 6-419 7-422 8-439 9-458

Bowling: P Chase 27-5-86-0 J Barnes 22-8-41-1, M Sorensen 21-2-82-0, G Dockrell 46-15-88-2, S Singh 31-11-64-3, A Balbirnie 23-6-50-3, J Anderson 5-0-21-0

Match drawn

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