Ireland v Warwickshire:post match reaction
It was a clearly delighted Irish coach Phil Simmons who spoke of his pride in the team's display after watching them record a four wicket win over Warwickshire, "It's great to see this young team get a victory under their belts, especially against a strong county side. We've played good cricket at times during this Friends Provident Trophy campaign, but today was the first time that we combined all the three elements of batting, bowling and fielding, and you see the result. It's always pleasing for a coach when you get a performance like that."
Simmons also spoke of his satisfaction at seeing some of the new players contributing significantly to the win, "The beauty about this competition is that you can let the players have a good run to see what they are made of. Guys can get a good run of 5 or 6 matches, so there isn't the immediate pressure of them needing to score runs in their first few games. I know what these players can do, having seen them all winter, and they are now showing what they are capable of. We're obviously missing a lot of our more established players, but the players who've come in have shown their ability, and that can only be good for the depth and strenth of the squad as we face some huge tournaments in the months ahead."
"We got off to a great start today when chasing that score of 211. The bowlers did their job, and after a flying start from both Reinhardt (Strydom) and Paul (Stirling), we were in complete control, never needing to take any unnecessary risks. William Porterfield played the perfect anchor role - we didn't set out deliberatley to plan it that way. It just turned out that it was Reinhardt who hit a few out of the middle and took advantage of the fielding restrictions. Porty was disappointed to get out so close to the finish, but the result was never in any real doubt."
Ireland skipper William Porterfield said, "We got wickets early on and the spinners really squeezed it in the middle overs. 211 on that track was a great effort. The way Strydom and Stirling came out and batted meant we were never really under pressure. It was not easy, but we knew if we kept going at three, four runs an over we would get home."
"Now we have a great chance against Leicestershire. They're coming to our back yard. We'll be playing on the same wicket, we know what's going to happen. The belief in the changing room from the Notts game to today has gone up massively. Hopefully Sunday will be another good day and a good turnout. It was a really good crowd for a Friday and I'd like an even bigger crowd on Sunday and we won't disappoint them."
Cricket Ireland Chairman David Williams said of the win, "This victory represents a very encouraging achievement for a team showing so many changes this season. By introducing a number of young players, Phil Simmons has demonstrated that the recent retirements can be coped with."
The game with Leicestershire starts an hour earlier on Sunday at 11 o'clock. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.