Head coach Ed Joyce is convinced that if Ireland do the simple things well this weekend they will qualify for next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

The European qualifier gets under way in La Manga this morning with Scotland and Netherlands, two teams they have already defeated in four-match series this summer, their only realistic threats to claiming top spot and the only place available for the global qualifier ahead of the 2023 finals.

Ireland were due to start with a double header against Turkey and Germany today but the Turks have been forced to pull out as did not get permission to fly to Spain so Ireland will now face the Germans in their only game today at 0930 BST.

Opening bowler Orla Prendergast, who Joyce has described as a “revelation” is a doubt with a foot injury, but she should not be needed against the world ranked 25 side – Ireland are 10th.

“It will be a case of wait and see every day with Orla. She can bat and run and the only problem is when she lands on her front foot when bowling. It was the reason we left her out of the final game against Netherlands last month.

Ireland lost that game but with the series already won, Joyce said “it was took an opportunity to miss having a look at other players so we went down that route. But the two Dutch girls played well (a second wicket partnership of 85) although we missed a run out which would have got rid of one of them and if we’d done that I we would have won the game.

“In the build-up to this tournament we have put a huge emphasis on fielding and if we the simple things well, we’ll do well.”

Waringstown’s Cara Murray is expected to be in today’s line-up – “the only leg spinner in the squad” – after bowling well in two warm-up games against the boys at Oak Hill last week, while Instonians’ Amy Hunter has joined the squad as a second wicket-keeper following the positive Covid test by Shauna Kavanagh.

Meanwhile, Ireland Men’s Assistant coach Stuart Barnes has announced he will step down after the upcoming series against Zimbabwe, because of family reasons. He will be replaced for the T20 World Cup in UAE by Ryan Eagleson.