Ireland take 1-0 series lead
Scotland 172 (40.3 overs), Leask 50, MacLeod 25, Young 5/46 lost to Ireland 173/3 (36.4 overs) O'Brien 56*, Thompson 35*, by 7 wickets [Scorecard]
Ireland captain Kevin O’Brien won the toss and elected to field first at a picturesque looking Malahide for the first of the three One Day Internationals between the two celtic rivals.
Majid Haq earned his 200th cap for Scotland which was presented at the start of the game.
Matthew Cross opened with Calum MacLeod and had put 21 on the board before Cross looked to drive a length delivery by Max Sorensen, only to edge through to Poynter behind the stumps.
MacLeod, who has prospered during a spell at Durham, looked in good touch finding the boundary twice through backward point in the second over of the day.
Seamer Craig Young made an immediate impact as he entered into the attack, enticing MacLeod to drive his first delivery and edge the ball to Anderson at first slip for 25, with Scotland 51/2 in the 11th over.
Young’s afternoon got even better when he clean bowled Hamish Gardiner and Preston Mommsen, both for 10.
Things got worse for the visiting side when a leading edge from the bat of Berrington allowed McBrine to seize on a caught and bowed opportunity. Davey chipped the same bowler to mid-wicket for single figures soon after, and suddenly Scotland found themselves in trouble at 97/6.
Freddie Coleman compiled 23 before he looked to pull a Stuart Thomson delivery, only to feather the ball behind to Poynter.
Michael Leask then produced the highlight of the Scottish innings with a battling 50, which included a maximum over long-off. Sharif offered support, finding the boundary on three occasions, as the pair brought up the 50 partnership.
From a Scottish perspective, the partnership needed to go on for another 10 overs to help post a really competitive total. Sharif departed after from catch behind the stumps with the score on 155/8.
Leask continued to battle away, but when he became Young’s fifth wicket of the day and Wardlaw was clean bowled by Sorensen soon after, to bundle Scotland all out for 172 with almost 10 overs remaining.
In the Irish reply, Balbirnie made a watchful 38 at the top of the order after Wardlaw had dismissed Anderson leg-before for 9 in the 6th over, with Ireland taking a cautious approach towards the target.
Andrew Poynter contributed 16 until Josh Davey had him caught behind, just as Ireland had brought up their 50.
Kevin O’Brien and Stuart Thompson then extinguished any Scottish hopes of getting themselves back into the match, with the pair picking off singles at will and looking to find the boundary whenever the opportunity presented itself.
The captain made his way to 56, and also scored his 2,000th ODI run in the process, as Ireland found runs easier to come by.
Thompson made 35 as the pair’s unbeaten partnership of 80 took them past Scotland’s score in the 37th over, to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday and Friday, with both matches live streamed on the Cricket Scotland website.