Ireland v Scotland - I-Cup Day 1

11 Sep

Scotland v Ireland

The Scotland team travelled to Clontarf in Dublin for their Intercontinental Cup fixture against Ireland looking to bounce back from the disappointment of the two matches in the World Cricket League.

Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field first under gloomy skies. Just as the players were heading to the middle a rain shower intervened and play was delayed until 1:10pm.

It was a disappointing start for the visitors as openers Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Coleman were dismissed in the first six overs to leave Scotland on 22/2.

Things got worse for Scotland with the scoreboard showing 33/4 in the 12th over, when Richie Berrington and captain Preston Mommsen were both bowled by Irish debutant Craig Young.

Calum MacLeod had made 12 before Kevin O’Brien, who was making his 200th appearance for Ireland, had the batsman caught at second slip.

Majid Haq came to the crease and hit two fours from his first three balls before again offering a catch to second slip, which was duly taken by O’Brien.

As the rain clouds got darker, so did the Scottish innings with Wallace, who had shown some resistance after facing 48 deliveries, misjudged an O’Brien delivery which subsequently crashed into his off stump, to leave Scotland on 68/7 at the end of the 27th over.

The rain then returned and forced an early tea.

At 16:45 the players returned to the field and an eighth wicket partnership worth 56 run between Safyaan Sharif and Moneeb Iqbal saw Scotland to 124 in the 46th over.

However once the partnership was broken with Iqbal being bowled for 25, Ireland ensured they would claim the final Scottish wickets with minimal fuss. Sharif was the final wicket to fall after top scoring with 41, and Scotland were all out for 138 in the 51st over of the day.

Openers Porterfield and Paul Stirling survived a tricky six over spell before stumps to take Ireland to 35/0 and trail Scotland by 103 runs with ten wickets remaining. 


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