Ireland's World T20 campaign ended with a disappointing defeat by the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Sunday.
Reduced by yet more rain to just six overs per side the defeat was reflective of Ireland's fortunes in this competition- one they will be very keen to draw a line under.
After winning the toss and asking the Dutch to bat, left-arm spinner George Dockrell gave Ireland a sizeable advantage with a superb spell of bowling- the spinner claiming figures of 3-7 in his 2 overs of the 6.
Stephan Myburgh was best with the bat for The Netherlands with 5 fours in his 27 before being run out while skipper Peter Borren fell the same way for 14 off the last ball of the innings.
That allowed them to close their innings on 59-5 leaving Ireland slightly on top at half way.
The reply began well with Porterfield clubbing Ahsan Malik for a first-ball boundary but it started to go downhill for Ireland in the next.
Paul Stirling plundered nine runs from Timm van der Guggten's first two deliveries but the bowler fought back to have Porterfield caught by Ben Cooper off the next for five.
Stirling also sent the final ball of the over into the stands to leave his side on track at 28 for 1 after 2 before the innings imploded.
Paul van Meekeren came into the attack and the tried and trusted "pace off" saw him account for the very dangerous Kevin O'Brien (0) - a wonderful catch in the deep by Peter Seelar- and Stirling (15) in consecutive balls.
Worse was to follow for the Irish when Roelof van der Merwe did exactly the same in the 4th over- Gary Wilson (4) and Andrew Poynter (0) his victims as Borren's side seized their chance.
Five wickets fell for the addition of just fours runs in that carnage as Ireland buckled.
The ask had climbed to 20 from the last over but van Meekeren cleaned up Sorensen (9) and Dockrell (0) - two wickets in two balls for the third time in the innings as Porterfields men closed on 47-7.
Man of the Match Van Meekeren finished with astonishing figures of 4-11 and looks a wonderful prospect for the future while Van Der Merwe's 2-3 was also crucial in the win.
The next competitive action for the Irish is a two game ODI series against Sri Lanka at Malahide in June.
- The Toss
- John Bracewell, Ed van Nierol and Chaminda Vaas
- Ian Bishop, Peter Borren and William Porterfield
- Stephan Myburgh batting
- Tim Murtagh
- George Dockrell took 3 for 7
- Niall O'Brien attempts to stump Tom Cooper off George Dockrell
- Tom Cooper keeps his foot grounded
- George Dockrell congratulated
- Kevin O'Brien spills a difficult chance
- Sliced away by van der Merwe
- Smiling Niall O'Brien
- More congratulations for George Dockrell
- Andy McBrine waits for the return
- Six hit for Wesley Barresi
- Stephan Myburgh top scored with 27
- Wesley Baressi batting
- Niall O'Brien stumps Wesley Barresi off the bowling of George Dockrell
- George Dockrell and Niall O'Brien combine to stump Wesley Barresi
- Ireland celebrate the wicket
- Wesley Barresi
- Peter Borren
- Larry the Leprechaun
- Peter Borren batting
- Boundary for Peter Borren
- Stephan Myburgh dives in
- Stephan Myburgh makes his ground
- Kevin O'Brien
- Boyd Rankin and William Porterfield
- Carved away by Stephan Myburgh
- Myburgh has a look around
- Netherlands fans celebrate
- Boyd Rankin bouncer
- Myburgh departs
- Niall O'Brien runs out Peter Borren
- Peter Borren is run out by Niall O'Brien
- George Dockrell was the pick of the Irish attack with 3 for 7
- Boundary for William Porterfield
- Timm van der Gugten bowling
- Six hit for Paul Stirling
- Larry the Leprechaun celebrates the boundary
- Van der Gugten bowling
- Paul Stirling batting
- Paul Stirling and Timm van der Gugten
- Kevin O'Brien batting
- Pieter Seelar and Ahsan Malik
- All smiles as The Netherlands celebrate the end of Kevin O'Brien
- Paul Stirling made 15
- Paul van Meekeren
- Airborne Gary Wilson
- Roelof van der Merwe bowling
- Wesley Barresi celebrates the end of Gary Wilson
- Wesley Barresi delighted
- Delight for Roelof van der Merwe
- On a Hat-Trick
- Max Sorensen drive stopped by the boot of Mudassar Bukhari
- Single for Max Sorensen
- Max Sorensen is bowled by Paul van Meekeren
- Max Sorensen is bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 9
- Paul van Meekeren celebrates
- Paul van Meekeren celebrates as Max Sorensen departs
- Paul van Meekeren congratulated
- Beaming Paul van Meekeren
- George Dockrell is bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 0
- Snookers required
- End of the game as The Netherlands win by 12 runs
- Player of the Match - Pal van Meekeren
- Ed van Nierop, Paul van Meekeren and Anton Roux