|Posted by anccricket on October 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM|
Full name William Thomas Stuart Porterfield
Born September 6, 1984, Londonderry
Major teams Ireland, Gloucestershire, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Warwickshire
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
A compact left-hander, William Porterfield has been a key part of Ireland's rise to the top of Associate cricket and had long-been earmarked for a major role in the team.He took part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004 and then spent time at the ICC Winter Training Camp in 2006, later captaining Ireland A that year. He soon graduated to the full and provided a rock at the top of the order.
He began his one-day career in Hussey-esque style as he notched two early hundreds and he came back from the recent World Cricket League in Kenya as the tournament's second-highest scorer and averaged 110.66 in his five matches. An excellent 85 in the 2007 World Cup helped Ireland to famously beat Bangladesh and enabled him to earn a professional contract with Gloucestershire in county cricket.
With the drain of top-class batsman away from Ireland in search of higher honours - notably Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan - Porterfield's role is increasingly important especially now that he is also the leader of the strongest Associate nation.