Ireland captain William Porterfield confident of positive result against West Indies

Ireland captain William Porterfield
Ireland captain William Porterfield

Captain William Porterfield is targeting a massive win against the West Indies in Ireland’s opening World Cup clash.

The Irish begin their campaign against the Windies on Sunday night (10pm BST).

Ireland are no strangers to causing shocks in elite competition, having beaten both Pakistan and England in the last two World Cups.

“We’re preparing for every game and going out there to win that game,” said 30-year-old Porterfield.

“I don’t think it will be a surprise to anyone if we go out there and win.”

Ireland’s defeated Bangladesh in their final warm-up match on Thursday which followed a disappointing 179-run hammering by Scotland a couple of days earlier.

The West Indies could only manage a tight three-run victory against Scotland in their final prep game.

Ireland will tap into the mind of coach and former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons for some special insights into their opponents.

“He’s obviously great to have but he obviously knows quite a few of the West Indies players, as well,” Porterfield said.

“Obviously ‘Sim’ will just add that better and extra touch whenever it comes down to that and the finer details.”

Squads

West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller.

Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young