Ireland gained a morale boosting eight-wicket win over PNG in the first of their two official T20 World Cup warm-up games.

The Pacific Islanders were restricted to just 96 for 8 on what Irish skipper Andy Balbirnie slammed as a 'slow, low and tired wicket'.

Tony Ura top scored for PNG with 32, while the Irish stars with the ball were Craig Young  (3-15) and leg-spinner Ben White (3-10), who each claimed three wickets.

The Irish chase got off to a poor start too, with both Kevin O'Brien (8) and Gareth Delany (5) falling cheaply.

However, thereafter it was all about Ireland, with skipper Balbirnie and Curtis Campher largely untroubled in a unbroken third wicket stand of 71.

Curtis Campher: Pic Rodney Smythe

Both players ended unbeaten on 42 apiece with Campher taking 35 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes) and Balbirnie a more sedate 46 deliveries.

ďItís always nice to get a win and put in a solid performance all round," said Balbirnie afterwards. "Our bowlers were very accurate throughout and executed their bowling plans well.

"My foot is fine, itís still not pain free, but certainly having a clear X-ray has been a great boost knowing that not much more damage can be done. I just have to remember, itís better to use your bat rather than your boot."

Irelandís final warm-up match ahead of the World Cup takes place on Thursday against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi.