Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Rain checks Ireland progress

Paul Stirling will resume on Friday on 50

Ireland were frustrated by the rain on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie with Scotland but not before Paul Stirling reached his half-century to consolidate the hosts' commanding position in Dublin.

Ireland finished the second day on 99 for one - 39 runs behind the Scots with nine wickets remaining - but only 21 overs were played because of the rain at Clontarf.

Ireland resumed on 35 without loss after batting for six overs on Wednesday, and Iain Wardlaw took the first wicket in the 13th over when he trapped Ireland captain William Porterfield leg before wicket for 30.

Wardlaw also bowled four maiden overs but Stirling had struck his 50th run from 73 balls, a total which included eight fours, just before rain forced a premature stop early in the day.

He was assisted by John Anderson, who will resume on Friday on 17 not out.

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