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Ireland Win No Upset - William Porterfield

William Porterfield in action against West Indies
William Porterfield says he does not see Ireland's win over West Indies as an upset
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Ireland captain William Porterfield doesn't think that his side's four-wicket World Cup Pool B win over the West Indies should be regarded as an upset.

Porterfield was at the forefront of an excellent display as the men in bright green restricted West Indies early on before Lendl Simmons and Darren Sammy helped the two-time champions post 304 for seven.

Half-centuries from Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien then steered the Irish home with more than four overs to spare.

And Porterfield, who made during an opening stand of 71 with Stirling, reckons that it is time people see Ireland beating Full Member teams as less of a surprise.

Ireland have been in bullish mood since arriving in New Zealand for the World Cup with Porterfield, head coach Phil Simmons and batsman Joyce all pressing their case for playing more matches against Full Members.

As an Associate nation, they have to qualify for the World Cup and do not play anywhere near the same number of matches against the top-ranked sides between tournaments as teams such as Pakistan, England and now West Indies, who they have beaten on the global stage.

They are next in action when they take on United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on 25th February in a game that few are expecting anything other than an Ireland win.

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