Ireland captain William Porterfield has called on his team’s batsmen to step up to the plate as the World Twenty20 Qualifying tournament reaches a crucial stage.
Ireland have work to do to secure their place in India next year after Wednesday’s defeat by Papua New Guinea at Stormont.
Porterfield blamed his team’s batting for the result and rightly so - a total of 123 for nine is far below where Ireland would expect to be.
But it had been coming. After all it was only Sunday when Ireland were reduced to 92 for five against the United States before a late-innings recovery spared their blushes.
On Wednesday there was no escape as explosive hitting from 21-year-old bowler Norman Vanua ensured Papau New Guinea, who at one stage needed 27 from 14 balls, got home with seven balls to spare.
John Mooney bore the brunt of the punishment, but during his after-match interviews, Porterfield blamed the batsmen.
“The sun was out, it is a tired pitch, and we knew 130-140 would have won us the game but we didn’t do it,” said the Ireland captain. “We didn’t apply ourselves, it’s a mental thing, not a skills thing and that’s what lost us the game,”
He added: “The bowling wasn’t the issue, the batsmen were not up for the scrap”