After Ireland confirmed their place in an eighth successive T20 World Cup, Paul Stirling has said he wants to finish the European qualifiers on a high by beating Scotland today and winning the tournament in Edinburgh.

Ireland’s penultimate game against Germany yesterday was called off 90 minutes before the scheduled start after overnight rain ended any prospects of play at the Goldenacre ground but, after winning their first four games, the one point for a no result was enough to confirm Ireland will finish in one of the top two qualifying spots.

Scotland made it five wins out of five with a 33 runs victory over Denmark at The Grange — the game was delayed by half an hour and reduced to 18 overs — and that put them back on top of the table, but the winners of this afternoon’s game will be the number one European qualifier.

“We would rather have achieved qualification on the field, but we’re delighted to have achieved our primary objective of qualifying for the World Cup,” said Stirling, Ireland’s interim captain.

“We came to Scotland with a clear plan and style of play we wanted to implement and I think we delivered on that front.

“So we’ll celebrate getting the job done, but there is a trophy on the line and we are keen to continue that winning momentum going into the India T20 Series in Malahide next month.”