Ireland beat Netherlands in warm-up for World Twenty20 qualifier

William Porterfield starred in Ireland's win over the Netherlands
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier warm-up, Abu Dhabi:
Ireland 143-4 (19.4 overs) beat Netherlands 139-5 (20 overs) by six wickets
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Captain William Porterfield's unbeaten 75 helped Ireland to a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands in their latest warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in Abu Dhabi.

Porterfield's 58-ball knock included two sixes and seven fours.

Niall O'Brien gave his skipper good support, his 34 helping Ireland to victory with two balls to spare.

The Dutch had been restricted to 139-5, with Alex Cusack taking 2-16 while Wesley Barresi top-scored with 50.

Barresi shared an opening stand of 42 with Stephan Myburgh (22) before Max Sorensen (2-31) had Myburgh caught at mid-off by Niall O'Brien.

Ben Cooper, the younger brother of South Australian player Tom, looked in fine touch as he scored an unbeaten 42 from just 29 balls, including two huge sixes, but the Irish impressed in the field.

Porterfield lost opening partner Paul Stirling in the first over of their reply but he and O'Brien put on 70 as Ireland took control.

Kevin O'Brien struck two boundaries in a brisk 13, while Gary Wilson added a run-a-ball 19.

With seven needed from the final over, Porterfield sent Ahsan Malik's first delivery deep over the mid-wicket boundary to tie the scores, and then sealed the win with a punch down the ground.

Ireland's final warm-up game sees them face Papua New Guinea on Wednesday before Friday's tournament opener against Namibia.

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