Rain abandons play between Scotland and UAE

09 Aug

Play was virtually washed out on the second and third days play in the Intercontinental Cup encounter between Scotland and United Arab Emirates. 

Heavy showers had delayed the opening day at the Cambusdoon New Ground in Ayr until the afternoon on Tuesday.

And on Wednesday the two sides were only able to get through seven overs, with UAE moving on to 212 for five.

Play was eventually suspended for the day just after 15:00 BST, with Rameez Shahzad unbeaten on 74 and Ahmed Raza on nine.

Heavy overnight rain on Wednesday night meant the umpires would abandon Thursday's scheduled action at around 10am as puddles formed on the Ayrshire outfield. 


A heavy rain shower earlier in the morning prevented any play until 3pm on the first day’s play between Scotland and the United Arab Emirates in Ayr on Tuesday. 

Scotland’s captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and took little time in making his decision to bowl first. Chris Sole was handed his first international cap, as Safyaan Sharif and Michael Leask missed out. 

The visitors made decent head-way in the early exchanges, Evans found 15 runs coming from his second over of the day – including a well-timed pull for 6 – for Laxman Sreekumar. 

Things suddenly exploded in the ninth over as Josh Davey replaced Evans and a full length diving one-handed catch at third slip by Calum MacLeod claimed Scotland’s first wicket of the match. 

Saqlain Haider fended off his first delivery but Davey soon had another, Kyle Coetzer taking a catch low in the slips. 

Evans swapped ends and he earned the Caledonian men’s third wicket in four deliveries with Mommsen holding on to the big wicket of Sreekumar for 24. It wasn’t long before the two combined forces again to dismiss Muhammad Usman, leaving UAE on 66/4 in the 20th over. 

Evergreen Shaiman Anwar showed why his country had coaxed him out of retirement as he played some classy shots, including a six over mid-wicket, to go into tea unbeaten on 26. 

A good period of rebuilding following tea was needed by the UAE after losing quick wickets, and Anwar and Shahzad were the men to do it. 

A 123 run partnership in 32.5 overs was eventually broken when MacLeod took his second catch of the day on the long-on boundary off the bowling of Mark Watt, giving the spinner, who was on his First Class debut his first wicket.

Shahzad ensured he would remain unbeaten on 66 at the end of the day’s play, along with Ahmed Raza (3*). 

Chris Sole presented with his first cap by John Blain

At the end of the day debutant Chris Sole said, “I thought we started off well with new wickets, and then the pitch turned out to be flat pretty flat and we had to battle through to the end of the day.” 

On the feeling of making his international debut the bowler added, “It was pretty nerve wracking at the start but they’re a good bunch of guys [in the squad] and made me feel welcome.”


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