Ireland secured their place at this year's T20 World Cup in Australia after beating Oman by 56 runs in their qualifying semi-final in Al Amerat, with captain Andrew Balbirnie hugely satisfied by the manner in which qualification was achieved.

Gareth Delany top-scored with 47 as Ireland made 165 for seven from their 20 overs, and that proved more than enough - hosts Oman were bowled out for 109 with nine balls remaining.

Simi Singh was the pick of the Ireland bowling attack, his off-spin again proving effective on the Oman pitches as he claimed figures of three for 20 from 3.3 overs.

Ireland had progressed from their group in top spot after wins over Germany and Bahrain, having only been beaten by the United Arab Emirates in the tournament.

Reflecting on the win over Oman, Irish skipper Balbirnie told RTÉ Sport: "I think it was our best performance.

"We knew it had to be close to our best, if not our best. We were pretty happy to lose the toss on a wicket like that; it was a used wicket that was really dry and played into our spinner's hands. A lot of relief that this week has gone really well. It didn't start great but we knew UAE were a really good side.

"I suppose the clarity of having to win three games made it easy for our mindset and what we had to. We're all absolutely chuffed that we got over the line."

Balbirnie's men suffered a double early blow at the start of their semi-final as they lost the captain and his fellow opener with the score on 19, bringing Delany to the crease.

The 24-year-old led Ireland towards a defendable total with three sixes and three fours in a rapid 32-ball innings while Harry Tector (35) and Andy McBrine - who made 36 from 21 before taking two for 24 with the ball - also contributed valuable knocks.

Oman struggled to get going in reply before a partnership between Shoaib Khan (30) and captain Zeeshan Maqsood (28) briefly threatened Ireland’s victory bid.

Josh Little separated the pair with the wicket of Khan though, and Oman never got close in the end.

The UAE also qualified for the T20 World Cup following a 68-run win over Nepal in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Balbirnie feels the competition for places in the squad can also be a driving force ahead of the World Cup in October.

He singled out a few players, when saying: "It's great seeing players like Gareth Delaney and Harry Tector stepping up, putting in match-winning performances, and Andy McBrien when he came in today with the bat. I'm delighted for him; he's the life and soul of this Irish team.

"He leads from the front, whether it's out on the field with the ball or the bat. He's such a gutsy cricketer and we are very happy to have him. That was a special game he had to today, coming in and taking that momentum into the second innings for us. He's certainly putting his case to be player of the year. Competition is a great thing.

"There is certainly a lot of happy faces in the team. I think going home with the trophy would be sweet, even though we've done the hard bit in getting to the World Cup."