WILLIAM Porterfield is not going away. In his first match since the horrors of Holland, the Ireland opener hit his first List A century for three years to steer Warriors to an ultimately comfortable four wickets victory in Cork.
The friendly Munster Reds bowling attack was just what the doctor ordered for Porterfield after losing his place in the international side for the final game of the World Cup Super League series against Netherlands and as all good batsmen do, he cashed in, equalling his best score for Warriors of 110.
Porterfield was duly named man of the match and reiterated that he wanted to continue playing at the highest level. “As long as I can make a difference I want to keep going,” he said. And as long as no-one else is putting his hand up to be Paul Stirling’s opening partner in the Ireland side, the selectors know they have an experienced, class performer they can call on.
Stephen Doheny made 28 in an opening stand of 74 in just 12 overs as Warriors made the perfect start in pursuit of their victory target of 290 – an opening quarter to the innings in stark contrast to the Reds' effort. At the same stage they were 26 for two, Craig Young carrying on his good form in the Netherlands with an opening spell of 5-2-3-2.
The Reds, hosting their first ever List A game, however, finished superbly to hit 173 in the last 16 overs with skipper Tyrone Kane hitting 78 off 68 balls with four fours and five sixes, Matt Ford 53 off 38 and, the quickest of them all from No 8, Fionn Hand 49 off just 21 with five fours and three sixes.
All this after Murray Commins had held the innings together for the first 35 overs, as he scored his third half century of the competition.
Only Leinster Lightning had ever chased 290 in the Inter-provincial Cup but once Porterfield was into his stride, with successive fours off Josh Manley, the only doubt that he would go on and on was actually after he reached 50 in 51 balls. His next six runs took 23 balls but when he holed out to long-off, he had hit 14 fours and two sixes and Warriors needed only 52 from the last 10 overs.
Graham Kennedy with 52 from 48, Nathan McGuire, 23 off 10 made sure there was no hiccup and William McClintock finished the game in the grand manner.