Ireland defeated the Netherlands by eight wickets in their one-day international in Utrecht on Friday, avenging their one-run defeat in the first game with a comfortable victory.

After losing Will Porterfield early, Andrew Balbirnie's unbeaten 63 guided them to their victory target of 158.

Paul Sterling also hit 52 as Ireland levelled the second of their World Cup Super League matches.

The hosts were all out for 157 with Josh Little claiming a career-best four for 39.

The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat as Max O'Dowd top scored with 36 while Bas De Leede and Scott Edwards also hit 23.

"We spoke as a batting group that the best way to get going on that wicket was to spend as much time out there as you can," said Balbirnie afterwards.

"Chasing low totals can give you that extra bit of time, and today it worked for me. I haven't been in great form over the last few games, but to get in there and support Paul, and get through to the win with Harry [Tector] there is satisfying.

"We certainly bowled better today. They put a bit of moisture in the wicket and we were unsure if that might play a bit better with the bat or it would do more with the ball.

"I think both teams were a bit uncertain about how the wicket would play, but we certainly bowled in better areas and got the rewards today.

"I thought our spinners bowled with great control and we finished it off well at the end. It’s what we didn’t do the other day so to keep them to less than 160 then chase it with only two down is a fairly complete performance on a very difficult wicket."