The Irish Academy won the T20 series against their Scottish counterparts and a Future Stars XI thanks primarily to a series of powerful batting displays.

They opened the tournament with a 7-wicket win against the Future Stars as they chased down 166.

Jack Tector guided the chase with an unbeaten 66 (6 fours, 1 six), sharing an opening stand of 57 in just 32 balls with Gareth Delany, who hit 3 sixes and 3 fours in 35 from just 16 balls.

Stephen Doheny chipped in with 22, while Harry Tector joined his elder sibling and made an undefeated 33 (3 fours, 2 sixes) as the brothers added an unbroken 61 to seal the win with four overs to spare.

Earlier Mark Adair (3-32) and JJ Garth (2-20) bowled superbly as the hosts made 166 for 8.

On Tuesday, the Irish recovered from 30 for 4 to post 198 for 7 against Scotland, with Stephen Doheny leading the way.

The Rush man clubbed 6 sixes and 2 fours in a top score of 74 from just 37 balls, adding 91 for the 5th wicket with Aaron Gillespie (33).

Doheny’s team mate Neil Rock added late runs with a hard-hit 46 from only 21 deliveries, which included 3 sixes and 3 fours.

Finlay MacCreath (43) and Rory Johnston (30) got starts, but three wickets apiece from Rory Anders (3-21) and Mark Adair (3-31) stalled their progress as they finished 155 all out. JJ Garth picked up two wickets, while there were one apiece for Tom Stanton and Harry Tector.

The Irish faced Scotland again in the afternoon final and Rock and Doheny were once again in the runs during a commanding Irish battling display.

Gareth Delany set the tone with an 11-ball 27 (2 sixes, 2 fours) as he and fellow opener Jack Tector raced out of the blocks.

The Irish skipper hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in his 42 from just 23 balls. Hamza Tahir’s 3 for 20 brought Scotland back into contention as Ireland slipped to 113 for 6, but Rock smashed 6 sixes in a top score of 63 from just 33 balls, while Doheny (30) and Rory Anders (29*) saw the Irish post 219 for 8.

Scotland gave it a go, with Rory Johnston (48) taking 28 off an Anders over, and Scott Cameron hitting an unbeaten 52.

However, JJ Garth again impressed taking 3 for 24 as Scotland finished 35 runs adrift.

“I was delighted to see the lads hitting so many boundaries and maximums from top to bottom in the order and putting pressure on the bowler from ball one,” said Academy Coach Ryan Eagleson afterwards.

“Our batting coach Ed Joyce has done a great job at instilling and reinforcing this positivity.

“In the field I thought the guys were electric at times to back up some good bowling. “We now look to the 50 over series and will work on our mindset and approach for the change in format,” added the former international all-rounder.

Eagleson’s views were echoed by Academy and Performance Manager Pete Johnston.

“It was a truly outstanding team performance to win three T20 games against strong opposition in the Future Stars and Scotland Academy.

“I thought the fielding was excellent in all three games with some outstanding catches.

“We played a really positive brand of cricket with contributions from all the guys.

“Neil Rock played two superb innings against Scotland with a strike rate over 200, while JJ Garth showed great control and was excellent in all the games.”

The Irish Academy now switch to the 50-over format playing matches on Thursday and Friday.