Porterfield to join century club

Ireland skipper excited about Sabina Park return

Last Updated: 14/04/10 1:07pm

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Hundred up: Porterfield

Hundred up: Porterfield

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Ireland captain Will Porterfield is set to earn his 100th international cap at the scene of one of his country's greatest moments.

"Sabina Park has great memories for us - the dramatic tie with Zimbabwe and the win over Pakistan. It'd be a perfect way to celebrate my 100th cap to get a win over West Indies."
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Porterfield's men take on West Indies at Sabina Park in a one-off one-day international on April 15.

The Jamaican venue was rocking on St Patrick's Day in 2007 when Ireland pulled off a shock three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the group stage of the World Cup.

Ireland are now fine-tuning their preparations ahead of the World T20 in the Caribbean, where they have been drawn alongside West Indies and England in Group D.

"It'll be really tough against the West Indies - they showed just how good a side they are with that big win over Canada," said Porterfield, who will become the 11th Irish player to chalk up 100 appearances.

"Our bowlers are hitting their strides, and Trent Johnston in particular has been exceptional. It's up to the batsmen to come to the party now."

As for his personal achievement in reaching his century, Porterfield can scarcely believe how quickly it has all happened.

Honour

"It's a great honour to reach the milestone of 100 caps, and I'm proud to be in the company of some true Irish cricket legends," added the opening batsman, who has a county contract with Gloucestershire.

"It's hard to believe that I only made my debut four years ago, but I suppose that's a testament to just how much cricket we now play.

"Sabina Park has great memories for us - the dramatic tie with Zimbabwe and the win over Pakistan. It'd be a perfect way to celebrate my 100th cap to get a win over West Indies."

Ireland will have a full squad to choose from with the exception of fast bowler Boyd Rankin, who has been advised by his county Warwickshire to rest the stress reaction of his right foot for another few days.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O'Brien is available after recovering from a chest infection.

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