William Porterfield delighted after Ireland qualify for ICC World Cup 2015

William Porterfield said Ireland pretty much accomplished their mission after qualifying for the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

Dubai: Jul 10, 2013

Captain William Porterfield said he was delighted after Ireland qualified for the ICC World Cup 2015. Ireland became the first affiliate and associate side to qualify for the World Cup after its sixth round ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship match against Netherlands ended in a tie on Tuesday.

Ireland had won the first ODI on Sunday in Amstelveen by 88 runs. With the top two teams in the WCL Championship qualifying for the 2015 World Cup, the result of one win and one tie means that Ireland has reached an unassailable tally of 20 points to open up a five-point lead over Netherlands and Scotland.

Ireland thus secured its qualification to the ICC‘s flagship 50-over event, regardless of how the seventh and final round matches of the competition pan out.

“It means everything. We knew that if we came to Holland and won two games, we’d win the competition. We’ve won one and tied one, so that does the same job in effect, so it’s pretty much ‘mission accomplished.’ We’re pretty happy; we’ve come here to do a job and we’ve done it,” said Porterfield.

However, the 28 year-old admitted that his side’s high expectations made it bittersweet to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2015 after a tied result.

“It feels strange at the minute. We’ve come off almost feeling like a bit of a loss. I think it won’t take us that long to get over the fact that we’ve just drawn the game because we have qualified for the World Cup, we just wanted to do that with a win. But now, we’ll be pretty happy.”

Ireland coach Phil Simmons was thrilled with his side’s efforts to secure direct qualification to the World Cup.

“I think it is a big thing. It is something that we want as a company, as a team, as people from Ireland now expect us to be at every World Cup, and people say that on Wednesday and Thursday that they are going to start booking their tickets for Australia and New Zealand,” said Simmons.

“We need to keep showing people that we are good enough, and hopefully at the next one we’ll get a lot further than we’ve been at the last two World Cups.”

In the 2007 edition, Ireland defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh, while in 2011 it recorded a heart-stopping victory over England.

The former West Indies all-rounder would have preferred to secure qualification for the World Cup with a win rather than a tie, but he was pleased nonetheless.

“We feel a little bit of disappointment because of the tie. I think it was a good game in the fact that we were out of it after a while and then we worked hard to come back into it and then to tie it at the end — two ties in four weeks isn’t good for my heart, but we got the point that we needed!

“More important for me is to win the competition. We are now at the stage where we know we are going to qualify for World Cups, but we want to win every competition that we play, and that is satisfying for me today we’ve won this competition.”

(With more inputs from PTI)