Ireland begin World Cup preparations with defeat against Randwick Petersham

William Porterfield hit 74
William Porterfield hit 74

Ireland began their World Cup preparations with a five-wicket defeat to Sydney grade club Randwick Petersham.

Captain William Porterfield’s 74 helped lead an Ireland XI to 255 for seven only to see their hosts run down the target with 37 balls to spare.

The Irish squad only arrived in Australia earlier this week, but Porterfield refused to use the recent long-haul travel as an excuse for defeat, saying: “I wouldn’t say it was to be expected. You can use that as an excuse but I’m not having it to be honest.

“We’ve had three days of good training and we should have been a lot better than what we were today.”

Ireland had looked well placed at 203 for three with 10 overs remaining, after Ed Joyce (49) and Niall O’Brien (31) chipped in with solid contributions.

But the innings stalled after that before the home batsmen enjoyed conditions that improved for batting under sunny skies at Coogee Oval in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“We weren’t good enough in all three facets,” Porterfield added.

“We had good stages with the bat, we set a couple of good platforms, but we didn’t manage to kick on and get that one big score.

“I don’t think we were anywhere near where we can be with the ball which was disappointing.”

Ireland are due to play two more warm-up matches against Scotland and Bangladesh next week before their World Cup opener against West Indies in Nelson on February 16.