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Wilson, Porterfield lay strong base for Ireland

Home team puts up 318 after batting first in its Intercontinental Cup match against Hong Kong

Wilson, Porterfield lay strong base for Ireland - Cricket News
Porterfield’s partnerships with John Anderson, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson pushed Ireland ahead. ©INPHO/Presseye/ Rowland White

Half-centuries from William Porterfield (88) and Gary Wilson (95) helped Ireland reach 318 before being dismissed in 86.1 overs on the first day of its Intercontinental Cup match against Hong Kong at Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont, Belfaston Tuesday (August 30).

At stumps, Hong Kong was 2 without loss in seven overs, with Ninad Shah and Aizaz Khan occupying the crease. Tanwir Afzal and Nadeem Ahmed were Hong Kong’s best bowlers for the day, picking up four wickets each.

Currently placed second on the points table behind Afghanistan with an extra game in hand, Ireland’s decision to bat first was vindicated when Porterfield and Ed Joyce put on 53 runs in 12.1 overs.

Afzal had Joyce caught at first slip to give Hong Kong its first wicket, but the Ireland middle-order rallied around Porterfield to lay a strong base.

Porterfield’s partnerships of 30, 41, 32 and 30 with John Anderson, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling and Wilson pushed Ireland ahead, though it would have wanted one of the stands to be a big one.

Porterfield was the fifth wicket to fall in the 50th over when Ahmed trapped him in front of the wicket. His 88, which came in 121 balls, included 12 fours and a six.

After that, Wilson took charge and focussed on scoring quick runs even though wickets kept falling at regular intervals. He got good support from George Dockrell, as duo added 65 runs for the seventh wicket.

Wilson was the last wicket to fall, caught behind off Afzal, who finished with figures of 4 for 63. The No.6 batsman hit 13 fours and a six in his 141-ball knock.

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