Ireland supporters can start booking their tickets for the USA and West Indies after Jersey were swept aside by one of the more commanding performances from an Irish side in recent years.

Five wickets with just 25 runs on the board in the first seven overs laid the platform for a one-sided contest which highlighted the vast gulf between the sides, with Ireland chasing down their target of 79 in just 10.2 overs.

Interim captain Paul Stirling saw the team home – an odds on certainty to do just that after giving his wicket away against Austria on Sunday – winning the match in fitting style, with a towering six on to the grass bank at mid-wicket on the compact Goldenacre ground.

“That was excellent, exactly what we talked about this morning, he said at the post-match presentation. “When we put the pressure on we really put our foot on their throat and won very convincingly.

This tournament has been about improving with every match and when you hit that ceiling it’s about maintaining that standard and we did that today.”

Although Barry McCarthy fully deserved the player of the match award for his three wickets at a cost of just seven in his four overs, Stirling refused to single anyone out, preferring to pay tribute to the entire bowling group.

Whenever certain bowlers have a lesser day, the others seem to have an outstanding day and they helped Barry get his award today. It can be tough work being a seamer in T20 cricket and by showing how good they have been in this tournament you can only gain confidence.”

Josh Little made the initial breakthrough with two wickets either side of two wides in his first over, Mark Adair followed up with the third in his second over and Barry McCarthy piled the pressure on the Channel Islanders with wickets from his first and ninth deliveries.

A stand of 22 for the sixth wicket, which included Asa Tribe – the only batsman to reach double figures – taking 13 off Little’s comeback over, held up the Ireland charge but former Civil Service North leg spinner Ben White continued his excellent tournament and took the next two wickets.

George Dockrell, on the day he became the fourth Ireland player to win 300 caps, made it 62 for eight and the only possible disappointment was that the bowlers took only one wicket in the last six overs.

Andrew Balbirnie, fit again after his pre-match niggle on Sunday, resumed his opening slot in place of Ross Adair and dominated the strike for the first three overs, helping himself to two sixes and two fours. He finally missed a sweep shot and was bowled for 25, but for the third game in a row Lorcan Tucker was there at the finish, having now scored 120 runs since he was last out.

Ireland now have a two-day break before their penultimate game against Germany when a win will confirm their place at next summer’s World Cup finals.

Scores: Jersey 78-9 (B McCarthy 3-7. B White 2-10, J Little 2-23, G Dockrell 1-9, M Adair 1-17) Ireland 80-1 (10.2 overs, P Stirling 35 not out, A Balbirnie 25 not out, L Tucker 14 not out). Ireland won by 9 wickets.