WILLIAM PORTERFIELD

  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows March 17, 2015

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers were...
  • William Porterfield upbeat despite Ireland's ouster from World Cup March 15, 2015

    Adelaide: What should have been a happier occasion for Ireland captain William Porterfield after his first century at the World Cup was tempered by his side just missing out on a quarter-final berth after a seven-wicket loss to Pakistan. But for a player who has been on the ground floor of...
  • World Cup: Pakistan ensure a spot for West Indies in quarters March 15, 2015

    A win against UAE was not good enough for the Caribbean side to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they had to wait for the match between Pakistan and Ireland to finish. The first job was done as West Indies got the better of UAE and...
  • World Cup: Pakistan beat Ireland to take West Indies with them in quarters March 15, 2015

    Two days before the eighth anniversary of one of the great World Cup upsets, Pakistan knew that there was no margin for error against Ireland in the final Pool B World Cup clash on Sunday (March 15). When William Porterfield, the Irish captain, helped himself to a composed hundred, the...
  • World Cup: Porterfield upbeat ahead of must-win game against Pakistan March 14, 2015

    When Ireland take the field on Sunday (March 15) against Pakistan in Adelaide, they, whether they are keen on the task or not, will be carrying the flag for the associate nations. None of the others have been able to defeat a full member at this World Cup, and if...
  • World Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq recalls 1992 success ahead of Ireland clash March 14, 2015

    Adelaide: Much has been mentioned about the last time Pakistan and Ireland played at the World Cup, when the Irish ensured the then No. 4-ranked team went home early from the 2007 tournament. On Saturday, a day ahead of another Pakistan-Ireland match in which the winner at Adelaide Oval will qualify...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland rue lack of exposure after India defeat March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Skipper William Porterfield believes a lack of exposure against the bigger teams was hurting Ireland after they lost by eight wickets to defending World Cup champions India in Hamilton. The defeat leaves Ireland possibly needing to beat Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to make the last-eight while India ensured top...
  • World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin varied his pace well, says William Porterfield March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Ireland captain William Porterfield was all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin, saying the Indian off-spinner varied his pace well which eventually proved to be decisive in restricting his side to 259 in the World Cup match on Tuesday. Ashwin in his first spell of eight overs gave away only 19 runs,...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Bowlers doing a good job, says MS Dhoni March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday heaped praise on his bowlers for bundling out every team that India have played so far in the ongoing cricket World Cup, saying they have stepped up to the challenge nicely and are doing a "really good job". India beat Ireland by eight wickets...
  • World Cup: India's dominance continues against Ireland with fifth win in a row March 10, 2015

    Nothing changed as India crossed Tasmanian borders. It was business as usual in New Zealand for the defending champions - a fifth win in a row over the Irish who stay alive despite an eight-wicket hammering at the hand of the Indians, which gives MS Dhoni's boys a 5-0 record...
  • World Cup 2015: Indian juggernaut expected to roll over Ireland March 9, 2015

    Defying all odds, trash talks and pre-tournament predictions, defending champions India are cruising in their bid to retain the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Very few would have predicted such a smooth sail for India, and rightly so, given their lead-up to the World Cup. Not much long ago,...
  • World Cup: I don't like that tag of Associates,' says Ireland skipper March 9, 2015

    Hamilton: Ireland captain William Porterfield insisted on Monday his side belonged among the world's elite and said he despised the tag of "Associate" which virtually brands a host of teams as second-class citizens. Non-Test playing Ireland are on course for a World Cup quarter-final place and can ensure a spot in...
  • World Cup 2015: William Porterfield expects no India favours for Ireland March 8, 2015

    Ireland captain William Porterfield believes there will be no let-up from India when his side go in search of another win over a Test nation at this World Cup. Defending champions India have already qualified for the quarter-finals while Ireland's thrilling five-run win over Zimbabwe on Saturday left them among several...
  • World Cup: William Porterfield promises no Irish 'hangover' vs Zimbabwe March 6, 2015

    Hobart: Ireland captain William Porterfield has insisted there will be no lingering mental scars from their heavy defeat by South Africa when they face Zimbabwe in their next World Cup match on Saturday. The Irish head into this weekend's Pool B encounter in Hobart on the back of a 201-run-thrashing by...
  • World Cup 2015: Plenty to play for as Ireland face Zimbabwe March 6, 2015

    Ireland and Zimbabwe face each other in a Pool B clash at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday in a match that could have a key bearing on both sides' chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The Irish are just ahead of Zimbabwe in the standings with four...
  • World Cup: All not lost for us, says Ireland skipper William Porterfield March 4, 2015

    Canberra: Ireland captain William Porterfield vowed to bounce back at the World Cup after his team crashed to a morale-sapping 201-run defeat by mighty South Africa at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries as the Proteas piled up a massive 411 for four after...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers hails South Africa 'rock' Hashim Amla March 3, 2015

    Canberra: South Africa captain AB de Villiers hailed Hashim Amla as the team's "rock" after the opener cracked 159 in the crushing 201-run World Cup win over Ireland on Tuesday. Amla reached his 20th one-day international century faster than any batsman, his career-best score coming in his 108th innings, with India's...
  • World Cup: Ireland won`t be intimidated by South Africa, says captain March 2, 2015

    Canberra: Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his team will not be overawed by the mighty South Africans in Canberra on Tuesday, saying they had made good plans to contain AB de Villiers` side. The Proteas, who have won all their three one-dayers against the Irish so far, are overwhelming favourites...
  • World Cup 2015: Spirited Ireland ready for daunting South Africa challenge March 2, 2015

    South Africa have won 32 and lost just 16 of the 50 World Cup matches that they've played since 1992. Of those, only two of the defeats could be regarded as major shocks. At Chelmsford in 1999, a virtuoso display from Neil Johnson provided the impetus for a 48-run Zimbabwe...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs UAE, Worlds Cup 2015, Match 16 February 25, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) When Ireland and United Arab Emirates face off in a one-day international for the first time, in their Pool B match of the 2015 World Cup at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, it will be with the backdrop of the larger...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland look for second win against UAE February 24, 2015

    When Ireland and United Arab Emirates face off in a One-Day International for the first time, in their Pool B match of the 2015 World Cup at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday (February 25), it will be with the backdrop of the larger picture. Wednesday's match will see cricket...
  • Cricket World Cup: Khurram Khan eyes UAE success against Ireland February 24, 2015

    Brisbane: The United Arab Emirates believe their Pool B match against Ireland in Brisbane on Wednesday offers them a "wonderful opportunity" of a World Cup win, according to batsman Khurram Khan. Both associate or non-Test nations know each other well, having played each other repeatedly in various lower-level International Cricket...
  • World Cup: Associate teams have pulled their weight, says William Porterfield February 24, 2015

    Melbourne: The four non-Test playing nations at the World Cup have performed well in cricket's global showpiece and it wouldn't be the same tournament with less teams, according to Ireland skipper William Porterfield. The International Cricket Council is chopping the 14-team format to one with 10 for the next World Cup,...
  • World Cup 2015: Impressive start by the four Associates February 19, 2015

    It's been a decent start for the four Associate Members at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. While results show only one victory from four matches, it was satisfying to see that all games were competitive. Ireland, the perennial Full Member slayers, were first up in...
  • William Porterfield says Ireland's World Cup wins are no 'upsets' February 16, 2015

    Nelson: After his team caused one of the great upsets in World Cup history, beating the West Indies by four wickets, Ireland captain William Porterfield felt the need to express his distaste for the word "upset". Porterfield has been part of Ireland's great World Cup victories - over Pakistan and Bangladesh...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2015, Match 5 February 16, 2015

    (For blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted...
  • Ireland and West Indies promise run-fest at World Cup February 15, 2015

    Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson on Monday. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted as ripe for getting immediate points on the board. Ireland...
  • No surprise if we beat West Indies, says Ireland captain February 15, 2015

    With West Indies in abysmal form in the wake of a crisis over player contracts, Ireland have a good chance to upset the Caribbeans in their World Cup opener on Monday, a result that would surprise no-one, according to their skipper. The most experienced of the four non-test playing nations at...
  • Giantkillers Ireland no longer surprise, says captain February 15, 2015

    Nelson: Ireland are out to prove yet again they can mix it with cricket's top tier nations, with captain William Porterfield saying it should be no surprise if they beat the West Indies on Monday. Despite being woefully short of top level competition compared to the Caribbean cricketers, Porterfield believed the...