Qualifiers Eire despatched shockwaves once they beat event favourites England in a rain-hit Tremendous 12 match however couldn’t register one other win in Group 1, and completed with simply three factors from 5 matches.
Paceman Josh Little claimed a hat-trick on Friday nevertheless it was not sufficient to keep away from a 35-run defeat by New Zealand on the Adelaide Oval.
“There’s a few moments within the final video games the place you thought what if, however on the similar time, we’re nonetheless a bit away from these prime groups,” Balbirnie stated in his evaluation of their efficiency within the event.
“We have to preserve enhancing and enjoying common cricket in opposition to them so we are able to enhance and broaden our squad as a lot as we are able to.
“We have now guys who’re prepared to come back in at any time when they get the chance.”
“In the beginning of the event, I stated attending to the Tremendous 12s can be a bonus. That is our goal. It will likely be deemed profitable.
“We have performed some fairly good cricket, and it is only a disgrace that we could not create one thing actually particular.”
It was nonetheless some enchancment for the facet, who couldn’t make the Tremendous 12 final yr.
Balbirnie stated laborious work and a change in mindset helped them develop higher, a development they wish to proceed.
“We’re on no account the completed article, however we actually are a greater staff than we have been 12 months in the past, and that is all you’ll be able to ask,” the opener stated.
“Hopefully in a month’s time, we’ll be even higher than we are actually.”