Barry McCarthy spearheaded a complete Ireland bowling performance in Edinburgh yesterday as the Boys in Green moved within one win of qualifying for the T20 World Cup with a thumping nine-wicket victory over Jersey.

After Paul Stirling had won his first toss at the fourth attempt, Josh Little set the tone with two wickets in successive balls in the second over, Mark Adair took a third, then McCarthy grabbed the first two in a four-over spell that yielded remarkable figures of 3-7.

Wicketkeeper Asa Tribe was the only Jersey batsman to reach double figures, making 26, and when he was joined by his brother  Zak the on-ground DJ drew an appreciative cheer by playing a few bars of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

With his side in total control, Stirling threw the ball to George Dockrell who was playing his 300th game - joining the skipper, Kevin O’Brien and William Porterfield in a very exclusive club - and the left-armer also picked up a wicket.

Leg-spinner Ben White continued his fine tournament with 2-10 and although the final wicket proved elusive a total of 78-9 was nowhere near enough and Stirling led the victory charge with 35 not out, hitting the winning six two balls into the 11th over.

“That was excellent,” the skipper said. “When we put the pressure on we kept our foot on their throat and won very convincingly.

“I’m really proud of our seam bowling quartet and I won’t even pick out anyone individually because when one of them has a lesser day it seems the others have an outstanding day, and they all helped Barry get his man-of-the-match award.”

Beating the Channel Islanders may not sound much but it was a top quality all-round display against a team that had lost to Scotland by only 14 runs on Friday, and a similar performance against Germany on Thursday will secure a World Cup spot.

Meanwhile, Laura Delany will be looking warily to the skies in Clontarf today where her Ireland team hope to take on Australia in the second match of the Women’s ODI Challenge, after the first game was abandoned without a ball bowled.