Ireland put the disappointment of their reversal against Scotland firmly behind them when they comprehensively defeated Guernsey by seven wickets at Stormont.
It wasn't always comfortable for Ireland though, as a fine innings from opener Adam Martel had put Guernsey in a strong position. His 46 from 80 balls, (5 fours, 1 six) has led the islanders to 94 for 1, and a possible shock looked on the cards.
However the dismissal of Martel by Irish captain George Dockrell proved a pivotal moment in the game, and Guernsey contrived to lose their last 9 wickets for just 44 runs to finish on 135 all out in 44.2 overs.
Guernsey captian Thomas Kirk battled bravely for his 27, but received negligible support from the middle and lower order.
Andy McBrine (3-25), George Dockrell (2-13), Shane Getkate (2-23) and Barry McCarthy (2-25) were the successful wicket takers. The fact that Ireland gave away 24 extras including 18 wides means that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Any thoughts that Guernsey could make Ireland struggle were quickly dispelled as Jason van der Merwe and Ryan Hunter launched a blistering attack on the opening bowlers. The pair added 61 in just 4.3 overs, with Van der Merwe striking 4 fours and a six in his 28 from just 14 balls.
Hunter went on to score a deserved half century making 55 from just 49 balls (7 fours). Although Adam Berry went cheaply, Andy McBrine (20*), and George Dockrell (13*) saw Ireland over the finishing line with 30.5 overs to spare, improving their net run rate considerably in the process. That could well prove crucial in the final placings determination.
Tomorrow is a rest day, before Guernsey face rivals Jersey at Holywood, while Ireland take on Denmark at Downpatrick.