CRICKET: Porterfield helps Ireland secure big win over Namibia

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Ireland took a step closer to securing Test status following their InterContinental Cup innings and 107 runs win over Namibia, in Windhoek, on Tuesday.

The win moves William Porterfield’s to the top of the table and the hosts’ eighth wicket pair of JJ Smit and Zane Green had defied the Irish attack for 18 overs to take the game into a fourth day, and their resistance continued on the final morning.

They had extended their partnership to 80 in 201 balls when Paul Stirling (2-27) had Smit (45) well caught by the captain.

George Dockrell (3-55) finished the game in the following over as he first had Zane Green (35) smartly caught by Ed Joyce at second slip, then trapped Christopher Coombe first ball as Namibia were dismissed for 212.

Next up for Ireland in the competition is an game against Papua New Guinea next year.