Ireland Women held their nerve to clinch a 33-run win over Scotland in their ODI Series in Spain.

Ed Joyce's side have been far from their best in the series, but did enough to hold off the spirited part-timers and seal a 2-1 victory.

Leah Paul's recent good form continued as she top-scored with 70 (8 fours) as the Girls in Green posted 239.

The Merrion left-hander shared a second wicket stand of 78 with Amy Hunter (37), while skipper Laura Delany made a vital run-a-ball 41.

Delany passed 1000 ODI runs in the process, ensuring with Arlene Kelly (26) that Ireland got up to 239 after wobbling slightly at 169 for 6 - five wickets for Hannah Rainey.

Alana Dalzell struck with her first ball to account for the influential Sarah Bryce, but Kathryn Bryce powered to 83 and looked to be setting her side up for another shock win.

However, having been well on top at 153 for 2, the brittle Scottish lower order's lack of depth was once again exposed as eight wickets fell for 53 to be 206 all out.

Cara Murray (3-36) bowled very well, while Arlene Kelly (4-35) mopped up the tail quickly.

The teams meet again on Monday and Tuesday in two T20I clashes to determne who wins the Celtic Challenge Cup.