Porterfield leads Irish into play-offs

Ireland assured themselves of a place in the play-off stages of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers with a big win over Uganda in Dubai.

The Irish won by 82 runs to guarantee a place in the top three of Group B — but top spot, and a place in the first qualifying final, could still be theirs if unbeaten Namibia slip up against Italy today.

Ireland made 179 for five yesterday, Will Porterfield top-scoring with 53 from 43 balls, with Gary Wilson (30) and Kevin O’Brien (39 not out) also chipping in.

That was always going to be too big a score for their opponents, who were blown away for 97.

Trent Johnston got the ball rolling, just as he did in the previous game against Scotland, with two wickets for eight runs with the new ball, before George Dockrell (three for 26) and Kevin O’Brien (two for seven) also impressed.

Ireland face Oman today in their final group fixture.


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