IRELAND captain Andrew Balbirnie confirmed he will stick with his young guns for the third one-day international against England on Tuesday, despite losing the series in the Ageas Bowl yesterday.

The under-strength world champions completed a four wickets victory in a more competitive game than last Thursday’s opener with Curtis Campher again the star performer for the visitors.

The 21 year old South African, who qualifies through his grandmother coming from Londonderry, became the first Ireland batsman to score back to back 50s in their first two ODIs, before being dismissed for the first time for 68 as Ireland batted through the innings to total 212-9.

When 20-year-old Josh Little then dismissed Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali, the England captain and vice-captain in the space of four balls, the over after he had taken the wicket of Jonny Bairstow for a whirlwind 82 off 41 balls, England were 137-6.

But athough Sam Billings, for the second time in the series, saw England home in an unbroken partnership with David Willey, Balbirnie was proud of the young bowlers.

“Curtis is a great person to captain, he knows what he wants to do and has the ability to change the game with the ball,” said the captain. “He has been such an impact player for us over the last two games, I can’t find any faults with him.

“Jonny Bairstow is a world class player, he was giving Josh a bit of tap but he came back and nicked him off. You want to see your fast bowlers running in with a bit of aggression and Josh produced a spell to get two other world class batters out, so it was great to see him fired up, but he also kept his cool and stuck to his task. Usually it is Barry McCarthy in that role so with him injured, to see Josh fill his boots it was exciting.”

With Harry Tector, a month younger than Little, playing only his second ODI and scoring 28 from 55 balls and Lorcan Tucker (23) also digging in to rescue another disappointing display from the experienced Ireland top order, the future remains bright.

“There is no hiding place for the youngsters,” added Balbirnie. “They are facing some of the best players in the world from the off and it’s a sink or swim. We haven’t had a big 50 or 100 from them yet but they have looked at home. But we have to give these guys a chance, they are so talented, much better than I was at that age, and getting the exposure and experience at this level can only help them.”

But Balbirnie knows that if Ireland are to have any chance of claiming 10 points for a victory in the World Cup Super League, the main batsmen must sort themselves out.

Paul Stirling never looked comfortable against the two left arm opening bowlers and along with Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien the trio have contributed just 57 runs in the series.