The Ireland Academy side charged into Finals Day at the European (T10) Championships in Malaga with victories yesterday against the England XI, who had already qualified, and Italy.

After winning their opening match, the Ireland XI lost their next three, including giving Jersey their only win of the week, to leave yesterday’s action win or bust.

But the squad finally came to party and their best bowling of the week restricted England to 122 for five and after Tim Tector had hit 20 off the second over, captain Sam Harbinson’s 66 not out saw them home with three balls and six wickets to spare.

They confirmed they would have an extra day’s cricket with a devastating batting display, chasing down’s Italy’s 114 for eight in just 4.2 overs with Seamus Lynch finishing unbeaten on 54 not from 12 balls and Harbinson 44 not out off 11.

However, a fourth place finish behind England, defending champions Netherlands and the hosts means If they are to win the tournament, they must win three games today, the first against Spain this morning.