Ireland put one foot on the plane to 2015 World Cup in Amsterdam
Comprehensive 88-run win sees Phil Simmons’s side on verge of third straight appearance in finals
And Porterfield and O’Brien supplied it in spades, running well between the wickets and putting away the loose balls when the came.
They marked each other on the scoreboard, with Porterfield bringing up his half-century off 88 balls, with O’Brien taking 94 and bringing up his 50 off the next delivery.
O’Brien had pushed on to 70 before he was run out by a direct hit from Dutch skipper Peter Borren after he had initially spilled a catch at mid-wicket.
Kevin O’Brien made a quick-fire 32 off 22 balls, but any hopes of Ireland going past 250 went when he was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary going for a second six.
It led to a rattle of wickets as Ireland went from 204 for four to 236 all out, with Porterfield just failing to carry his bat through the innings, when he was stumped by Barresi off Ashan Malik for 79 off the second ball of the final over.
(at Amstelveen): Ireland won the toss and batted.
W Porterfield st Barresi b Malik 79
P Stirling b Schiferli 1
E Joyce c Swart b Schiferli 22
N O’Brien run out 70
G Wilson st Barresi b Swart 4
K O’Brien c Rippon b Bukhari 32
J Mooney c Cooper b Malik 1
T Johnston b Bukhari 10
A Cusack b Bukhari 0
T Murtagh c Borren b Malik 2
G Dockrell not out 1
Extras (b6, lb1, w10) 17
Total (all out, 49.5 ovs) 236
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-29, 3-154, 4-161, 5-204, 6-213. 7-229, 8- 229, 9-229.
Bowling: M Bukhari 10-2-41-3; E Schiferli 8-2-34-2; P Borren 10-0-27-0; T Cooper 5-0-23-0; M Rippon 4-0-22-0; A Malik 7.5-0-51-3; M Swart 5-0-31-1.
S Myburgh c Johnston b Stirling 22
E Szwarczynski c Wilson b Murtagh 3
W Barresi c & b K O’Brien 55
T Cooper c Mooney b K O’Brien 8
M Swart c Porterfield b Stirling 1
D van Bunge c Porterfield b K O’Brien 11
P Borren c Porterfield b Cusack 34
M Bukhari c Joyce b K O’Brien 0
M Rippon b Dockrell 3
E Schiferli b Mooney 5
A Malik not out 3
Total (all out, 36 ovs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-60, 3-77, 4-79, 5-99, 6-109, 7-109, 8-112, 9-120.
Bowling: T Murtagh 6-0-30-1; T Johnston 5-0-17-0; A Cusack 3-0-26-1; P Stirling 6-1-28-2; K O’Brien 7-0-13-4; G Dockrell 6-0-25-1; J Mooney 3-0-9-1.
Ireland (2pts) bt The Netherlands (0pts) by 88 runs.